Making Travel Plans
The International Student Identity Card is a great travel resource as it provides access to discount air and rail fares, proof of student status for lower admission fees, and emergency evacuation, travel and accident insurance. The card costs $22.00 and is available through the Bates Bookstore.
STA Travel provide a wide array of student travel services, most notably discount airline tickets and rail passes. STA Travel has a “Book Now, Pay Later” program which allows study abroad students to reserve a ticket but not pay in full until 7 days prior to departure. Students whose financial aid will not be disbursed until after the departure date are able to extend the payment deadline for up to 14 days after the departure date. Mr. Das can provide you with introductory information. Contact STA Travel for the details and conditions.
There are numerous other online air travel providers:
- Student Universe
- Travel Cuts
- Airfare Watchdog
For European Rail information:
Credit and debit cards, used at ATMs, often provide the best exchange rate; try to get cards that do not charge a high transaction fee when you obtain cash. A debit card also allows your family to add to your account while you are away. (Before you leave, test your credit card and debit card.)
- Locate ATMs that accept Visa cards abroad.
- Locate ATMs that accept Mastercard abroad.