Best Backpacker Sites
Tips for the next generation of travel bugs
Anyone can grab a few outfits, a friend and a plane ticket to see the world. Backpacking today is easier than ever-- here's how to start your next adventure.
EuroTrip is a cool resource for budget travelers with a wealth of information for affordab(ly cheap) living
STATravel is the world's largest student travel agency. STA sells tours (GAP, Contiki, Topdeck, Intrepid, OZ/KIWI Experience, Busabout, etc.), domestic and international plane tickets, Eurail passes, hotel/hostel, travel insurance, the ISIC card, etc.. STA often has cheaper airfare for students, teachers, and people under 26 because of contracts with the airlines. These student/teacher/youth tickets are very flexible, most are cancellable, and almost all only have a $35 change fee if you need to change the ticket.
Europe from a Backpack is a compilation of travel stories collected by Mark Pearson, a fellow Seattleite.
World Celebrations is not just for students, but is an advice-giving column for all backpackers. Send them tips, photos or stories on at least TWO annual events, and you can host your own social profile on WORLD. This profile can be used to network, gain advice and discover travel gems.
The Savvy Backpacker is an excellent resource for helping travelers plan their grand adventure around Europe. This site has advice on everything from packing lists and choosing a backpack to rail pass tips and itinerary planning.
Friends of Friends Travel (FOF Travel) is a great new tool for backpackers. Part social network, part hospitality exchange, part deals site, FOF Travel is like Couchsurfing, Facebook and Airbnb all rolled into one! Check out your Opportunities Map to find free and safe places to stay, store your stuff, get travel tips and advice, and find travel buddies. Plus they have parternered with WSA, as well as STA Travel, Hostelworld.com, and more to get you exclusive deals!
Looking for an Apartment Abroad?
Study Abroad Apartments helps American students locate safe and reliable apartments throughout Europe as the leading provider of independent study abroad housing. Instead of living in a dorm, or getting randomly placed somewhere you have never seen, this is the perfect option!
I definitely have WSA to thank for my exceptional experience in Amsterdam. One would think 4 days isn't enough to tour a city but WSA facilitated an optimum weekend full of sightseeing and fun. Amsterdam may have a notorious reputation for its lax drug and sex culture but there’s so much more to the city. Luckily, our tour guide, Arthur, native to the Netherlands, steered us away from the tourist traps and showed us around his beloved city, highlighting all of its gems. I'd definitely like to try other WSA trips in the future. It's hassle free traveling with an awesome itinerary - nice that the tour guides are flexible with the schedule and willing to cater the itinerary to the group's interest! Highly recommend WSA to any student with only a weekend to see a city.Lauren Wallender, Elon University ~ Fall 2014
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