The most popular student travel destinations for South African students
Travelling is expensive, and travelling on a weak 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 said you can’t have the best of both?
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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This island nation is home to thousands of animal species and immaculate outdoor scenery that is beautiful any time of the year. Best of all - most sight-seeing activities are very budget friendly, if not free.
Compare and book flights to Antananarivo
This country’s capital is an overlooked holiday destination which is not only affordable, but also filled with intriguing history and sites to leave you breathless, without breaking the bank.
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This captivating place is home to the Amazon Rainforest, glorious mountains and a vibrant atmosphere fit for any student looking for a good time, lively culture and great student holiday packages.
Compare and book flights to Rio de Janeiro
Every traveller’s dream with lush Amazonian rainforests, sandy beaches and fascinating culture, this is an affordable destination every travelling student should have on their bucket list.
Compare and book flights to Bogota
This cultural melting-pot is a destination with numerous amounts of natural wonders as well as an exotic variety of inexpensive street food. China’s wild adventures and value for money is a student’s dream.
Compare and book flights to Shanghai
How to book cheap student flights
Generally, in order to get 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. Most airlines offer student discount on flights, you just need to enquire about this information before booking.
Underneath you will find the different student discount cards, that can give you access to some savings on your next trip. Below is a list of the most accepted student discount cards and apps that are out there for students to take advantage of:
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How to book cheap flights without using a credit card
Your entire travel experience from start to finish can be quick, easy 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 the major banks in South Africa, so you are able to 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 not as complicated as it might seem.
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:
- F-1 Visa: Intended for students attending a university, college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or any other type of academic institution, like a language training program.
- M-1 Visa: Intended for students attending a vocational school or any other type of recognized non-academic institution, other than a language training program.
- J-1 Visa: Exchange visitor (J-1) visas are non-immigrant visas for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.
- Visitor (B) Visa: Intended for students enrolled in a short recreational course of study that is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate.
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. You can read up on the application processes for applying for your Schengen visa,
USA visa, UK visa and
To take the hassle out of visa applications, there are plenty of visa-free countries for South African passport holders waiting to be explored!
Money saving tips while travelling
Travelling does not have to be that expensive. All it takes is a little bit of planning and being savvy with your money. Follow these smart student travel tips and save money while exploring the world,
one continent at a time:
- Download Flapp to compare flights for different airlines, and combine the cheapest tickets.
- Compare our international airlines to see which airlines are running promotions during your intended travel dates.
- Trade in hotels for hostels. Shared dorm rooms are not only cheaper, but are also a great way to socialise and meet people.
- Find an affordable local place to stay by using services like Couchsurfing. With Couchsurfing you can stay at a local person’s house, often for free.
- When travelling, it is often hard to stay connected to your loved ones back home, and it can sometimes be expensive. The best way to stay connected to your family and friends at a reduced rate is through apps like Skype, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp and Viber. All you need is a strong Wi-Fi connection.
- To ensure that you don’t overspend on your holiday, apps like Trail Wallet can help to keep track of your finances.
- Even with affordable student holiday packages, local transport can be one of the biggest expenses when travelling, so stretch those legs and walk as much as possible. This is the best way to really take in a city. If walking proves to be challenging, hire a bicycle or travel like the locals.
- If you plan on travelling a lot, signing up to a Frequent Flyer programme might be beneficial. Travellers on these programmes earn airmiles, which can be accumulated to earn free flight tickets!
- There are many museums around the world - especially in Europe - which sometimes offer free or discounted student tickets as a way to encourage interest in the arts. Remember to take your student ID wherever you go.
- Last but not least: stay up-to-date on our flight specials page for jaw-dropping flight deals and student flights throughout the year.
Travelling to Europe? Do it on the cheap.
Travelling during off-season in Europe is the best time to travel if you are looking for discounted student flights. Between April - May, and September - November are the best months that offer student flight
discounts and holiday package deals, giving you the best value for money.
Visiting a new place, especially Europe, can be costly if you’re not familiar with prices and the general cost of living. Good news is that there is always a cheaper way to travel anywhere.
Travelling like the locals is something that can save you a lot of money. A great tip is to always eat local – if you walk past a café that’s packed with locals, you know it’s good and
Many locals in Europe travel with Eurail 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 are brimming with history, art and incredible food.
BONUS: Top tips for moving into residence that every student should know
Moving out as a student can be a very daunting task, here’s the top 5 tips that will prepare every student for their big milestone:
- Do not forget to socialise. Everyone is going through the same experiences, so the upside is that you already have that in common - it is always good to put yourself out there. Make the most of your stay and say “yes” to as many opportunities as you can.
- Balance is very important. Just like with everything in life, too much of a good thing is never ideal. Plan your days and weekends - get creative and make a calendar that you could place on your wall and tick off all your tasks one by one so that you do not miss out on social events, or fall behind on important work.
- Save money. As a student you will soon realise that money comes and goes very quickly, so be smart and plan your meals and expenses for the week. Don’t be afraid to use your student card, you will be surprised at the endless discounts available to students. Make use of them while you can!
- Do not over pack. Most student places are very small, so use this as an opportunity to turf out the old. You could also sell a few things to make some extra pennies. You won’t have the space to hoard clutter, so best you start by travelling light.
- Lastly, do not forget to have fun! This is an experience of a lifetime that you will always carry with you. Make the most of it!
Terms and Conditions
- Only applicable for international flights
- You need to be between 12 and 35 years old
- Some airlines require a Student/ISE card to book
- A copy of your valid passport is required
- Free changes are subject to the same fare class being available, differences in taxes will apply if applicable
- Fares are non-refundable on partially-used tickets
- Rerouting is not permitted
- Fares are subject to flight and fare class availability
Now that you are equipped with all the right information on student flights and 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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