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Cheapflights Canada

April 28, 2010 16:06 ET

Cheapflights.ca Helps Student Travellers Discover the World

Features Top 10 Student Destinations and Travel Tips to Enrich an Experience of a Lifetime

TORONTO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  The end of the school year is within sight. Soon it will be time for many students to put away their text books, grab their backpacks and board flights as they set off on a travel adventure that will add to their life experiences. Whether they are looking to make the most of the summer break or are taking off for the increasingly popular Gap Year experience, students have a great choice of destinations that offer both fun and rewarding opportunities. And, Cheapflights.ca, the leader in finding and publishing travel deals, is a complete resource for planning and booking great student travel deals and for useful student travel tips.

"Travelling as a student is a great opportunity to see the world, learn about new cultures and take advantage of a period in your life when you have the luxury of time," says Oonagh Shiel, Content Editor at Cheapflights.ca. "Students have access to so many great deals, discounted vacations and special promotions customized just for them. Whether you go on your own, with a friend or a group, Cheapflights.ca is a great resource for airfare deals, travel tips and destinations worth checking out. And don't forget to sew a Canadian flag on your backpack."

As a starting point, Cheapflights.ca has compiled a list of the Top 10 Travel Destinations for Student Travellers along with some useful travel trips to help plan the adventure of a lifetime.

Some of the destinations from Cheapflights.ca's hot spots for students include:

Barcelona, Spain -- Spain is a wonderful destination for any kind of traveller, but a spell in Barcelona will give your gap travels an extra "oomph". With lots of courses available to practise your Spanish, dreamy architecture, public parks, the beach, live music venues and one of the finest opera houses in Europe (with a smashing 50 per cent discount) Barcelona will enchant. Just be sure to remember the golden rule for going out in Barcelona, start late and finish sometime around breakfast the following day. Search and compare cheap flights to Barcelona

Cambodia -- The Angkor Wat temple complex is the biggest draw, but other must-visits in Cambodia are the sombre monuments to those killed by the Khmer Rouge (Toul Sleng Genocidal Museum (S-21) and Cheung Ek Killing Field), Phnom Penh, the capital, and the islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and there is always a need for volunteers in teaching, child care and marine conservation. Search and compare cheap flights to Cambodia

India -- This vast, colourful and beautiful country almost defies description. Extending from the Himalayas in the north to the tropical beaches of the south, India is home to more than one billion people. The gap between rich and poor is wide, especially in the cities, and there are plenty of opportunities to pitch in, from teaching English to exiled Tibetans in Northern India to helping with the harvest in the Himalayas or working with street children in Mumbai. Search and compare cheap flights to India

Chile -- Argentina's neighbour, Chile was hit by an earthquake at the end of February, and volunteers are flocking to the affected areas to do whatever is needed to get the country back on its feet. If you have a bit of Spanish there are lots of ways to volunteer, from helping the homeless to teaching English. Search and compare cheap flights to Chile

Canada -- You don't have to go too far to better yourself on a gap year. A French immersion program in Quebec or a season of tree planting in beautiful British Columbia will provide a challenge while a ski instructor-training program in the Rockies or summer job with Parks Canada will help round out your curriculum vitae and impress future employers. Search and compare cheap flights within Canada

Other popular student destinations that made Cheapflight.ca's list are Thailand, Paris, Argentina, Los Angeles and Australia. To view the complete list of Top Student Travel Destinations go to http://www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/top-ten-destinations-for-student-travellers/

Students have access to some of the best discounts and deals available. To take full advantage, when booking your travel adventure, research companies that specialize in student travel such as Travel CUTS. However, looking for a student travel specialist is just one of the many tricks to finding a great getaway. Other helpful tips include:

  • Invest in an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC is the only card recognized internationally as proof of student status. It will get you discounts on meals, tours, bike rentals, museums, international phone calls and shopping.
  • Book accommodation as far in advance as you can. It's often the cheapest option and, with a bit of planning will turn up exceptional places to stay. For example, The YHA in Sydney's Rocks district has five-star views of the Harbour for budget prices. Factor in what's included in the price of a room. A free breakfast and free WiFi will save you money.
  • Arrange a couple of different ways of accessing your cash. Set up a separate bank account for your travels that can be accessed, without penalties, around the world. Traveller's cheques, a Prepaid Currency Travel Money Card, Credit Card or Debit Card are all ways of carrying your money. 

To read Cheapflights.ca's full list of Student Travel Tips visit http://www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/student-travel/

About Cheapflights Media

The trusted partner in flights, Cheapflights Media is a global Internet media network that has been delivering great deals since 1996. Headquartered in London with offices in Boston and Toronto, Cheapflights Media serves advertisers and consumers through its vast portfolio of websites and services. Packed with travel guides, tips and the latest news and information, the Cheapflights sites are online shopping comparison engines that make it easy for consumers in local markets to research, compare and save on domestic and international trips. With brand-name deals on airline tickets from more than 250 partners and 600 airlines and a team of travel experts hand picking the best offerings, Cheapflights offers visitors a mix of deals they can't find anywhere else. There are currently Cheapflights-branded sites for the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information visit www.cheapflights.ca

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