If you’re not going on an organised or package tour or holiday, it’s very important that you plan your trip very carefully; there are definitely greater challenges when you’re abroad, and you want to give yourself as much confidence as possible. Luckily, there is a huge range of online resources to help you plan your transport and accommodation abroad.
General inspiration and advice
STA Travel is a travel agent set up in 1979 and specialising in adventurous travel for young people.
Interrail is the classic way for young people to explore Europe by train. You can buy a global pass (covering 30 countries) or a single country pass, and travel to your heart’s content. The Interrail website also contains very useful planning information, maps and timetables.
For summer 2018, the EU Commission is offering 15,000 EU 18-year olds a free European travel pass – find out more and apply here.
If you just want to make a single or return journey to a particular destination in Europe, start with this page on the excellent website of The Man in Seat 61.
National Express runs services to mainland Europe as well as within the UK. As long as you have plenty of time, and aren’t too worried about travelling in comfort, this offers a cheap possibility.
Air travel can offer some quite cheap options, both in Europe and further afield. STA Travel offers cheap flights for short and long-haul destinations, with some student/youth fares. You can also try flight comparison websites such as Skyscanner, momondo or kayak. Always make sure you know exactly what you get for each ticket.
Hostelling International is a not-for-profit organisation linked with youth hostel associations worldwide, and aims to inspire everyone to travel by offering low-cost but safe accommodation around the world.
University Rooms allows you to book student accommodation outside term time in cities around Europe, the USA and Canada as well as the UK.
There are some very useful safety trips for travellers on this website .
You might also be interested in our other pages on travelling abroad:
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