As graduation comes and goes, your next goal might be to go on an epic Summer getaway and collect another stamp in your passport. In this article, StudentUniverse shares three tips on how to travel smarter before you board your next flight. With the flight, hotel and tour prices StudentUniverse provides specifically negotiated to help students travel the world for less, make your Summer adventure more than just a dream.

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Plan Ahead to Arrive Prepared and Minimize Culture Shock

A little prep work makes the trip run more smoothly. Start by researching your destination. How much time you spend depends on upon location and objectives.

Details to learn include:

  • Time zone
  • Monetary unit
  • Tourist attractions
  • Transportation options
  • Cell reception availability
  • Vaccination requirements
  • Electrical current used
  • Border crossing requirements
  • Driving rules

Not only is it efficient, the more you know ahead of time the more likely you will be to experience less culture shock when you arrive.

Completing certain tasks makes travel go more smoothly:

  • Copy passports
  • Print itineraries
  • Print transportation and lodging confirmations
  • Give your travel schedule to someone close to you
  • Obtain some local currency for immediate use
  • Check on health insurance coverage
  • Arrange for a pet sitter or kennel
  • Check on ATM availability
  • Locating toll roads/ E-Z Pass

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Pack Like A Pro

Even if you’re a perfectionist chances are strong that you’ve forgotten to pack certain items from time to time. Whether it’s because you had it set out and forgot to throw it in your bag last minute, or whether it just didn’t cross your mind in the hustle and bustle of departure – here are the items that are commonly forgotten:

  • A laundry bag that can serve the purpose of carrying your wet swimsuits or towels is extremely helpful to keep anything wet, smelly and dirty contained
  • You may not forget to pack the SPF, but you might forget that it needs to go in your checked luggage and not your carry-on (the same can be said for other liquid and cream items you want to bring with you on your vacation)
  • The proper chargers, voltage converters, and adapters
  • Less obvious toiletries, including a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer/lotion, deodorant, contact solution/glasses, a small travel towel and more.
  • Snacks that are easy to grab and go like a granola bar or trail mix, a smaller bag to keep your daily essentials like a camera, wallet, phone, ID and snacks in
  • An umbrella
  • Cash in local currency

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Jet Through Check In

Airport lines especially customs are a never-ending guessing game. One time, you will fly through and the next you will be waiting forever.  To give you peace of mind, we recommend electronic boarding passes that can be stored on your phone to ensure you have all your necessary documentation and eliminate the need to empty your luggage to locate your boarding pass. The StudentUniverse app, “will let you save your itineraries across all the carriers you have booked on to save time and space on your phone,” a true blessing when you have saved money by booking with different airlines.

With these tips, you will be able to follow your wanderlust confidently and truly get to soak in your once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Remember travel is the best education anyone can have and StudentUniverse is the perfect mentor. Enter our No Hassle Tassel Giveaway for your chance to win a $500 StudentUniverse voucher. Now the only question that remains is, what destination will your voucher take you to?

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