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There are several series of travel books available with editions for popular destinations all over the globe, including Lonely Planet, Rick Steve’s, and Frommer’s. The Let’s Go series is specifically geared towards students, and is researched and written by students out of Harvard. Travel books tend to be expensive, but the Let’s Go books skew a little bit less so than other series and is great value for the practical advice and information it affords. DK Eyewitness travel guides are unparalleled for previewing the sites to see and general information. Books in that series come in full-colour and a much heftier price tag with most titles ranging from $20–36—but they do make excellent coffee table books. They’re best-suited for travelling from the couch or trip-planning, than carried as a resource while travelling. All of these travel series can be borrowed from the public library in various editions, but it is recommended that you double-check any information from a book that is more than a year out of date to check for price changes, whether hostels are still open, etc. Regardless, acquiring a collection of travel books is a great way to start planning your trip.


All students planning to travel should be aware of the advantages that come with adventuring while young. Always apply for an international student card. ISIC cards give students discounts on travel accommodation, and attractions around the world. There are also flight booking services, such as Travel Cuts, that offer discounts to students and youth. When booking a flight through deal sites online, always browse with the cookies on your browser turned off, or browse but then book on a different computer to avoid deal sites jacking up the price of your flight once they see you return to the page several times. Note local law in the places your travelling too—especially if laws might be different from what you’re used to at home. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. And major faux-pas in a country should be noted in reputable travel guides.