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Youth and Student Flights: Book International Fares at Travelstart

Why pay full price when you can travel for less? Africa’s leading online travel agency, Travelstart, brings you massive savings on student flights to selected destinations. Whether you’re jet-setting on a gap year or planning to study abroad, we offer exclusive discounts on airfares and packages. Take advantage of our student flight specials today, and see more of the world for less! Seats are limited, so book your student flights before they sell out!

Youth & Student flights: travel for less

Travelling should be as simple as just booking a flight ticket, right? As a student with a tight budget, trying to find cheap student flights can be a challenge. Our student flights and specials will make your life a little bit easier. Get all the information you need about student visas, affordable destinations, how to book flights, and tips on how to save money while you travel.

How to book your student flights:
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  2. Have your passport at hand
  3. Give us your preferred travelling dates
  4. We'll get back to you with the best available fare

Timing is everything: the best time to find affordable student flights

They say the best time to travel is when you are young and adventurous. In reality, travelling can be expensive, and it’s not always easy to find affordable student travel packages or student flights on a budget. This is why choosing when you travel is key to finding the best student flight deals.

Travelling during “dead zones” is popular amongst students and a great way to save on flight tickets. “Dead zones” are what the travel industry refers to as the unpopular travel periods. Not only are there plenty of great flight deals and holiday packages to choose from, you’ll also be travelling without bustling crowds. A few examples of “dead zones” throughout the year include:

  • February, May and November are generally the cheapest months to fly
  • Spring (from late August to October) offers cheaper fares
  • Outside of school holidays
  • Flying on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve
  • Flying on Thanksgiving Day (returning from the USA)

Winter is a much more affordable time to travel locally, when you’ll find great discounts on flights and accommodation. Start planning your trip now and take advantage of discounted student flights during the low season!

What’s convenient about student fares is that they are generally valid for a longer period. However, they are often subjected to blackout dates and are not flexible to date changes. If you are looking for more flexibility on your ticket, you’re bound to find the perfect flight with our local and international flight specials.

The most popular student travel destinations for South African students

Travelling is expensive, and doing it on a weaker currency doesn’t exactly make budgeting an easy task. We know how important it is to travel when you’re young and satisfy that curious wanderlust. We also know you don’t want to be putting yourself in financial debt. So, we’ve put together a few idyllic destinations that are ideal for student travellers and won’t have you breaking the bank. Who says you can’t have the best of both?

Book cheap student flights to Egypt with Travelstart

1. Egypt

Egypt is not only a destination famous for its iconic ancient sites, but there is a variety of affordable attractions, from the Red Sea and the markets in Cairo to the rich heritage of Port Said, making it one of the best student travel destinations.

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2. Thailand

Thailand is a playground of adventure and sensory overload. Thailand’s affordability makes it appealing to South African students, especially if you’re interested in cooking courses, jungle trekking, temple tours and island hopping. From endless water sports and spa treatments to limitless shopping in the famous streets of Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand will leave you spoilt for choice.

Book cheap student flights to Bali with Travelstart

3. Bali

Picture yourself wandering through emerald rice fields, going on a scuba diving course and visiting the world’s most ancient temples. Bali is a paradise of adventure, great food, wild beaches and relaxing retreats.

Book cheap student flights to Portugal with Travelstart

4. Portugal

One of the cheapest gateways into Europe, Portugal abounds with history, architecture, incredible food and wine, and stunning beaches. Spend your days surfing the coastline of the Algarve, while Lisbon’s art scenes and eclectic neighbourhoods bustle with young energy. Porto offers a more laidback feel, where foodies can indulge in all the port and tapas on offer.

Book cheap student flights to Argentina with Travelstart

5. Argentina

Backpacking through Argentina can be one of your most rewarding holidays. Experience the café culture in Buenos Aires, discover the wine region of Mendoza, hike up to Iguazu Falls, and learn to tango just about anywhere! Argentina is a country full of wonderful surprises for the curious student traveller.

6. China

This cultural melting-pot is a destination with many natural wonders, as well as an exotic variety of inexpensive street food. In cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, students are welcomed to join local meetups and mingle with the locals. China’s wild adventures and value for money is every student’s dream.

Other amazing destinations for students include Vietnam, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Hungary, India and Colombia.

How to book cheap student flights

In most cases to qualify for student discounts on flights, you would need to provide your student card or proof of studies during the payment process of your flights or travel packages. Some airlines just require you to be under a certain age to qualify for their student flight discounts. Make sure you find out the airline’s requirements before booking.

Below is a list of the most accepted student discount cards and apps that are out there for students to take advantage of:

How to book cheap flights without using a credit card

Your entire travel experience from start to finish can be quick, seamless and safe when booking student flights through Travelstart. The great news is that you don’t even need a credit card to purchase your flights! Travelstart is an official beneficiary of all the major banks in South Africa, so you can purchase any of our amazing flight specials or holiday packages via either a cash deposit or debit card.

Booking flights without a credit card is another way we’re making travel simple for you.

How do student travel visas work?

Anyone who wants to enter a new country generally needs to obtain a visa. This could either be a non-immigrant visa for a temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. There are also student visas which allow you to study in a new country for the duration of your studies.

The four types of student visas which you can receive during your student travel experience include:

Getting a visa can be quite a struggle, so be sure to start the application in time! If you’re not travelling as part of a study or exchange programme, you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa, depending on your destination.

Read up on how to apply for popular visas, like the Schengen visa, USA visa, UK visa, China visa and UAE visa.

If you’d prefer to avoid visa applications, there are plenty of visa-free countries for South African passport holders, waiting to be explored!

Tips to save money while travelling

Travelling does not have to be that expensive. All it takes is a little bit of planning and being savvy with your spending. Follow these smart student travel tips and save money while exploring the world, one country at a time:

How to travel Europe on the cheap

Europe is an incredibly beautiful, but also expensive place to travel. Travelling during low season in Europe is the best time to go if you are looking for discounted student flights and accommodation. Between April - May, and September - November is the cheapest time to travel, where you can get value for money with discounted student flights and holiday packages.

Visiting a new place, especially Europe, can be costly if you’re not familiar with prices and the general cost of living. Taking the metro and public buses are safe and inexpensive ways to get around. A great tip is to always eat local – if you walk past a café that’s packed with locals, you know the food is good and affordable.

Many locals in Europe travel with Eurail to get between cities, as it is quick, inexpensive and convenient. You have the option of choosing between regional passes, global passes, or you can customise your own pass. If this is a little out of your budget, then go green and travel around the cities by bicycle. This way you can keep fit while indulging in all the wonderful food! Stretch your budget and swap one week in France for two weeks in Croatia or Bulgaria. Places like Prague and Budapest are eclectic cities, just off the Western Europe radar, that brim with history, art and incredible food.

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Now that you are equipped on how to book cheap student flights as well as student travelling tips, hopefully the next few years of student life will be filled with plenty of travelling adventures and a lifetime of memories.

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