Right now, students are eligible for some excellent travel deals from STA Travel, with flights to Europe marked down up to 40%. That means you can fly from New York to London for $307 round-trip. Chicago to Paris is $382, and Miami to Rome is $389. If you’d like to hang out in Amsterdam, round-trip tickets start out at $438 if you fly from New York.
You can also get an additional $100 off your flight if you book a room at a hotel or hostel, buy a Eurorail pass or purchase an adventure travel package from STA Travel. You can see more flights and get more information here.
To qualify for these deals, though, you will need an International Student Identity card. Your college ID won’t cut it. International Student Identity Cards are available to all full-time students ages 12 and up. You can apply for one here.
In addition to an International Student Identity Card, you’ll also need a valid passport. You should fill out your passport application and turn it in well before you actually plan to leave the country. If you request regular processing with your application, you can expect to wait at least 6 weeks before you get your passport. If you expedite your passport application using the government’s expedited service option, you’re still looking at about 3 weeks for processing.
If you need your passport more quickly, a private passport expediting company is the most convenient option. RushMyPassport.com will hand-deliver your passport application to the Department of State, resulting in processing times as low as 24 hours.