Young adults armed with a student I.D. card have luck and youth on their side in the travel game with access to low airfares, hotel deals and a host of student discount travel sites offering way-low deals on Spring Break trips.
STA Travel (tel. 800/741-4040; www.statravel.com) has low prices for student travel all over the world, and they have a great 24-hour help-line for reservations or travel questions. It's almost hard not to gawk when you see round-trip airfare from New York to London and Paris for just $208 and Minneapolis to Amsterdam for $312, a listing of global hostels that charge between $8 and $18, and an air/land inclusive full-fledged South African Safari starting around $1,202 for air out of New York. How's that for a Spring Break?
STA Travel's Spring Break page offers trips to just about every Spring Break destination known to man. They even list them by category such as Beach Parties, Snow, City Breaks, Europe and Alternative travel, which includes eco-trips and adventure travel. A weeklong land only trip to Acapulco starts at $279 based on quadruple occupancy. That's right, quadruple. But who cares? It's Spring Break. Your room isn't more than a giant closet and place to take naps after the chamber maids (who you shouldn't forget to tip) clean your rooms? If the quad thing isn't for you, a double room with air included to the same Casa Inn located on Acapulco's long stretch of beach in the middle of the Spring Break action goes for $789 out of New York and $769 from Detroit. See the site for prices from other U.S. departure cities.
A Spring Break trip to Jamaica goes for even less. A seven-night air/land trip to Montego Bay with accommodations at the Montego Hotel, a budget hotel, goes for $649 with double occupancy.
If Las Vegas is your kind of town and you want to hit the new clubs blasting house music and hip-hop out of two-story speakers, STA Travel has a three-night land only deal for $63 at the USA Hostel. Now while this place calls itself a hostel, it's not on the rustic side. The property, located on the outer edge of the Strip, has a 24-hour pool and Jacuzzi, a screening room, free Internet access and a free pancake breakfast every morning. You can choose between dorm accommodations with a hallway bathroom or a standard double with a bathroom. Check out STA's air deals to Vegas before you book your stay.
Student Universe (tel. 800/272-9676; www.studentuniverse.com) offers a Spring Break air special to London starting at $194 round trip. You need to travel by March 25, 2005 with just a four-day advance purchase required with travel good seven days a week. Like with STA Travel fares, air taxes and security fees are not included.
Student City (tel. 800/777-4642; www.studentcity.com) has deals to the great beaches destinations. A seven-night land only trip to Panama City, Florida with lodging at the hugely popular half-moon shaped Holiday Inn Sun Spree starts at $519 for a triple room occupancy. Located on the beach, every room at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree is beachfront.
If you want to join the MTV crowd in the Bahamas for the 2005 party, book your travel through Spring Break Travel (tel. 800/678-6386; www.springbreaktravel.com). The attractive website also lists an e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a casting call for the festivities. For a five-night trip to the Grand Bahamas including a cruise from Fort Lauderdale with accommodations at Port Lucaya, close to MTV's headquarters, $499 per person with 7 meals included in the price of the trip. Be careful, there are MTV camera's everywhere. Who cares about Big Brother? Your mom may be watching.
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