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Top 3 Travel Tips

Posted May 20, 2015

Tips from Founders, Travelling Companies, & More


Mark Koep

Mark Koep is the founder of Campground Views; which is like Zillow, if Zillow went camping with YouTube and has spent the last 6 years travelling the US discovering the amazing and beautiful.


1. Opportunities. Great opportunities exist at National Parks to work inside the parks for the concessionaires in exchange for free room and board. Think of living all summer in Yosemite, Yellowstone, or Rocky Mountain National Parks.


2. Campervan. Campervan rentals offer both a cheap rental car and accommodations for that big road trip. A European idea, campervans use converted mini and full size vans as mini RVs for a fraction of the cost of full-size RVs. Stay in campgrounds and explore the beauty of the US. 

3. Destination. Have one big destination in mind and let the rest come to you as you go. A big part of the adventure is not knowing where you will end up; enjoy the trip!




RetailMeNot is a leading destination for coupons and promo codes. Here is their top Travel Tips for those who are looking to travel this summer:


1. Get an International Student Identity Card. Students can obtain this ID from their college at home, a local ISIC issuer, their foreign university, or online. Many places will not accept regular student IDs for student discounts, but an ISIC is accepted worldwide and results in discounts at stores, movie theaters and on tourist activities.


2. Take advantage of free messaging services to stay connected. International calls don't come cheap. Stay in touch with family and friends via Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. Your new overseas friends can communicate with you via these apps, too. For video chatting, use Google+ Hangouts or Skype.


3. Book flights in advance. On the weekends, you'll want to travel. Reserving flights even two weeks ahead of time will get you the best price. Consult coupon destination RetailMeNot for the latest travel and hotel offers, and use Google Flights, Kayak, and STA Travel to pinpoint the cheapest weekends to fly everywhere you want to go. If you're in Europe, take advantage of easyJet and Ryanair, which offer one-way flights for as low as $11.




Go-today is an online vacation package provider that sells vacation packages for individuals and also organizes custom group tours. They operate many educational groups - especially in Europe.


1. Practical. Make a few photocopies of your passport. Give a copy to someone traveling with you, keep a copy in your suitcase, and leave one with your family back home.


2. Food. To keep costs down and to enjoy the wonderful charm of local markets, buy food supplies and head to a park for a picnic lunch. When you do dine in a restaurant, you'll find the best value by selecting from the daily 2- and 3-course fixed menus.


3. Safety. In large cities, be street smart. Look like you know what you're doing. Don't set your purse on the floor or your phone or wallet on the table. If you get lost in a seedy area, step inside a nearby business, look at a map, ask for help - and then set out again.



Brent Shelton

Brent Shelton works with FatWallet, a one-stop online deal portal that lets students compare and find the best savings possible.

1. Student Discounts. Taking advantage of Student Discounts are huge money savers. This comprehensive guide shows how students can get discounts on almost everything they need, including rental trucks, bus trips, luggage, computers/software and apparel.


2. Tips. Peer -to–peer travel tips can be the holy grail for finding the insider info, super deals and smart tactics needed to really save hardcore dough. FatWallet’s Travel Discussion forum offers thousands of tips, current rates and links to get cash back at over 100 travel sites.


3. Deals. Local deals via Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local and others can save students 50% or more on meals, drinks, regional activities, concerts, craft brewery tours and exclusive travel packages. Use FatWallet’s Local Deals to pick a region and add cash back to save the most possible on these type of travel needs.



Jill Liberman

Jill Liberman is the Founder of Video Globe Trotter


1. Take lots of pictures. Pictures make the best travel souvenirs, don't take up room in your suitcase, and will serve as great reminders and memories of your trip.


2. Share your suitcase. If your luggage gets lost you will have back up clothes and underwear. Have your travel partner do the same.


3. Enjoy every moment. Travel can add so much to our lives. The time goes quickly- enjoy the trip.


We Thank All of Those Who Shared Their Travelling Tips!


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