If you are interested in finding out more about youth travel tours, there are many resources in print and online to help. The 18-35 Travel website now has some great information on youth travel tours and below I have included some useful tips on where to get more information. Potential destinations, operators and other practical pointers are also included.
There are a wide range of choices all over the world where it is possible to book a youth tour. However, some of the most popular options, which already have a network of providers available, include Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Many of these destinations are predominantly English speaking and therefore less of a challenge to navigate for many travellers.
Among the choices in Europe, some of the most in demand destinations include Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam. There are a variety of companies which can provide youth travel trips to these areas, which include visits to attractions from Big Ben to the Sistine Chapel and the Eiffel Tower. One option is to opt for an all inclusive package which includes flights. Alternatively, there is a large student population in most of the major cities in Europe. Therefore, you will likely be able to find a company offering a tour once you arrive.
In the United States, there are thousands of options, but some of the most popular destinations for youth tours include San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Boston and Washington D. C. If you are based in the States, it is not difficult to find a range of low cost city break options geared for students and young people. Many include reduced price ticket fares, accommodation and activities.
There are a number of companies which offer discounted packages for youth. Some examples are Contiki, Busabout and G Adventures. To receive student discounts on these tours, it may be necessary to present your student ID or a letter from your university. Particularly in Europe, an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is often required to get special discounts on youth travel.
You might be wondering what to expect from youth tours, so an explanation of what types of travellers take part may be useful. Of course, most who take part are young. However, there are also many mature students who are able to take advantage of this type of travel thanks to their studies. Therefore, you should expect to see a wide range of ages represented.
As well, the type of tour impacts upon the types of travellers who take part. It is possible to find highly specialized trips, such as art tours of Italy. These can be counted upon to attract students of art history from around the world. As well, if you study at a university, it could be worth checking to find out if your school organizes any tours for students. This can be a fun way to get to know people better at your school in addition to having a travel adventure.
For further tips to help with youth travel tours, there is much information which can be found online and in print. For instance, there are a myriad of guides dedicated to student travel at many book stores. You can select a guide according to the place you plan to visit. In addition, there are many blogs and websites which provide helpful advice for young people who are planning a trip.
The Youth Travel section of the 18-35 Travel website is a great resource to get you started.