If you’d like to do something more meaningful than drink, party and tan over Reading Week (not that there’s anything wrong with those things) consider a trip to Ghana, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua or Tanzania to help others.
You could lend a hand with reforestation efforts, work on improving local schools and orphanages or help to provide safe drinking water for the people you’ll meet during your journey.
Travel CUTS can get you set up with one of the trips with Volunteer Abroad, an organization that’s been connecting people who need help with travelers who want to help since 1988.
Pick a trip and get ready to make a difference!
Construction started on Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia in 1882 and *might* be finished in about 15 years.
Rome. Phuket. Prague. Ho Chi Minh City. Las Vegas. Buenos Aires. Machu Picchu. San Francisco.
Is there a single city on that list where you think you wouldn’t learn something new? Of course not. Because no matter where you go, your destination (and the journey there and back again) will help you to grow and change and become a more flexible, open minded, culturally intelligent person.
And *that’s* what you’re going to tell your parents when they ask what your plans are for Reading Week 2013.
Travel CUTS has a whole group of Reading Week trips picked out for you at great student prices. So you decide: Do you want a week of skiing and sightseeing the California coast? Or 9 days of exploring Vietnam? Maybe 10 days hanging out with giant tortoises in the Galapagos?
And don’t assume that you have to stay closer to home to save money. 8 nights in Thailand is cheaper than 7 in the U.S. (not including airfare), and there are many trips available for under $900 (also not including airfare).
So let’s go learn Italian in Italy! Become expert skiers in Austria! Tango in Argentina and Flamenco in Barcelona!
Your parents can’t possibly say “no”.
See all the trips here: http://www.travelcuts.com/exploration/
This is the perfect time of year to talk to your parents about how hard you’ve been studying, how dedicated you are to succeeding, and how you would never want to be distracted from your academic goals… unless it was for a trip to Puerto Vallarta. Or maybe Cuba.
Because it would be an exercise in personal growth, right? To make you a more well rounded person, which is important in life. And it would be really generous of them to reward your hard work with a little adventure.
(This is where you butter them up by talking about what generous, caring, supportive parents they’ve always been, and how you’ve always appreciated that.)
Then you can let them know that Travel CUTS is offering up several Reading Week trips to Mexico and Cuba. The trips include airfare, accommodation, airport transfers *and* meals, so they don’t have to worry about you getting lost or starving.
It’s also important to let them know that the trip has to be paid for by November 30, so you need to get booking.
Then figure out what to get them for Christmas as a thank you gift, and start picking out your bathing suit.
Hopefully you already know what your Reading Week budget is going to be this year and you’ve started to make plans with friends that will keep you within that budget.
There are dozens of options for Reading Week destinations depending on how long you have and how far you want to go. Interested in one of these hot spots?
These destinations and more are available at student prices.
If skiing or snowboarding is more your idea of a good time, talk to a student travel specialist at Travel CUTS about fares to Whistler or wherever you like to play in the powder.
Vacation may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean you should put off planning your next one.
Ok, you’ve got about 15 weeks until Reading Week in February. That gives you 15 weeks to save up, or talk someone else into sending you somewhere.
If you have a job, decide how much of your earnings you can save. $100 a week? That’s enough to get you way south for the winter, to a nice sunny beach on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Or can you save $50 a week and have your family match your savings? It can’t hurt to ask, and they might admire your dedication and ability to plan ahead.
At the very least, maybe you’ll get a new swimsuit for Christmas.
Check out some Reading Week deals from Travel CUTS.
Are you still thinking about if or where you should go for Reading Week? It’s ok if you haven’t planned anything yet because there are still some great last-minute deals available.
Assuming you’d like to get out of the snow and into some sand, consider a trip to Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Cuba. You can get return air and accommodation starting at just $707!
Depending on your destination, some trips may also include breakfast and lunch, drinks, nightly entertainment and daytime activities like scuba. Reading during Reading Week is optional, but encouraged.
Because time is running short, you might tempted to grab a deal that seem too good to be true. Booking with a company you’ve never heard of could be a good way to spend some money and get nothing in return. Don’t get stranded in an airport or left at a motel that doesn’t look anything like what you were promised.
Book your trip with a trusted name in student travel, (like, say, Travel CUTS) and know that you have the support and customer service of a trained student travel agency behind you.
Take a look at some top Reading Week destinations, then call or visit a CUTS office near you.
I hope you haven’t given up on your New Year’s resolution to travel this year. There are some great student deals coming out for spring and summer, and some you can take advantage of for Reading Week.
How about a European vacation? You might not get perfect weather, but you also won’t get the crowds and high prices you get during peak travel times in the summer.
Right now you can book select Contiki trips with Travel CUTS and get $200-300 back. That’s money you can spend on souvenirs, snacks, a new camera or whatever you need for your trip.
Check out the list of available destinations, including the Greek Isles, Spain, France, Croatia and Italy. You must book and pay by March 31, 2010 to take advantage of this offer.
Actual reading during these trips is optional.