Student w/ $400 airplane voucher
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2012 8:14 PM Last Post By: plumsole
Mar 29, 2012 3:25 PM
Student w/ $400 airplane voucherhi everybody, i'm glad to have stumbled upon this site, seems like a great site for travelers. well to cut to the chase i am a 20 year old college student who decided to take the semester off. i have this $400 airplane voucher from delta airlines and was wondering where $400 could take me. i live in the states in new york and with such a small amount i guess i'm bounded to the likes of canada, central america, or the Caribbeans if i want to travel to another country, but i am perfectly content with traveling to another state. i love the states. i am basically free all times and don't have a schedule so hopefully the flexibility will land me some cheaper flights. my budget is really tight but i'll see what i could shell out. i'd probably like to find someone to travel with me to make the trip any cheaper or alone is fine, i am fine with the idea of hostels, backpacking would be nice, but my skills aren't competent enough to backpack myself would prefer to backpack with someone who can teach me a thing or two. any suggestions on what i should i do and where i should go? your help would be greatly appreciated! thanks :)
p.s i love nature and the outdoors but try to be opened to everything
Mar 29, 2012 3:33 PM
1Backpacking tin the US sense of wilderness trekking or backpacking the the rest-of-the-world sense of traveling on the cheap?
How long a trip are you contemplating--days, weeks, months?
Since you are 20, renting a car will cost an arm & a leg, due to the usual surcharge fro being under 25.
Speaking of age, any chance you can turn 21 before you take the trip?
One thought--get yourself to San Francisco (no car needed there) and look into the Green Tortoise tours that depart from there. GT's target clients are mostly young, adventurous, and not wealthy. Sounds like you'd fit in. Their hostel is the party hostel, a good place to meet people.
Mar 29, 2012 7:26 PM
2If on a tight budget, you may as well go to Central America. Your dollar will stretch a llooonng way, even if you have to drop an extra $100 to your airfare. Where else can you live on $20 a day?
Mar 29, 2012 7:55 PM
3nutraxfornerves - i'm thinking something like a week or two... and by backpacking i had in mind wilderness backpacking, would someone care to explain to me the other life of a backpacker?? i own a car but that defeats the purpose of taking the plane somewhere far... and i won't be turning 21 yet before this trip takes place.
nycroadtripper - where in central america would you recommend?
Mar 29, 2012 8:09 PM
4i've just looked into it a little bit and i'm contemplating between costa rica and nicaragua, but i'd like to know what's the most cost effective way of going about booking an airplane ticket with delta airlines. on their website they ask for specific departure dates and return dates, it forces me to fill something in thus not optimizing the cheapest flights. are there other websites out there that will just list flights?
Mar 29, 2012 8:12 PM
5I'd look at flight prices to Mexico and Central America, pick between the ones in your budget, and go for two weeks rather than one. Your flight will probably be more than to the US - even if you find a comparably priced total flight price, the tax (probably not covered by the voucher) will be higher than for domestic destinations.
Mar 29, 2012 8:52 PM
6You're always going to have to enter dates, there should be a "flexible dates" option where you can see a range of dates and airfare for each day.
Kayak is good in that when you choose a departure date, a calendar will pop up with prices. After you choose your dates, you can limit the field to Delta.
Best fares are given on Mondays and Tuesdays.
PM me if you'd like.
Mar 29, 2012 8:53 PM
7#4 -- http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ and use the flexible dates "calendar of lowest fares" option. And Kayak, designating Delta airlines as a filter parameter.
Costa Rica's a fine idea, though your $ would go further in Nicaragua. Post on that branch of this forum; it's active. Flight will probably run you a bit over $400, but not much. Bus system there looks fine and cheap (though we drove).
Mar 29, 2012 8:54 PM
Mar 30, 2012 5:04 AM
Mar 30, 2012 7:14 AM
10I'd suggest you do some asking on the Central America Branch, both about destinations and about how to get there. For Central America, there are also some health issues--you will probably need some immunizations, such as hepatitis A or typhoid. You may also need to take something to prevent malaria. If you get to that point, you can get more information on the Health Branch.
Mar 30, 2012 8:41 AM
11+are there other websites out there that will just list flights? +
You can put your airport in the "from" and leave "to" blank. For dates, you can click on the calendar and at the bottom of the pop-up there is a box that says "view whole month" (you can also view whole year!). Once you click "search" it will list the countries you can go to and the cheapest price skyscanner found. Don't get too excited. The prices will be really low. Every click thereafter gets more expensive, but it still give you an idea of which country is cheapest to fly to from where you are.
Mar 30, 2012 8:44 AM
Mar 30, 2012 8:58 AM
13REally no health issues in Central America, a Tetnus Booster if you have not had 1 in 10 years, and if your sexually active, Hep A & B for sure, no matter where you are going.
Malaria risk is minimal for most the areas a tourist would go, though Dengue Fever is a issue in rainy season from April to Dec. No prevention meds for that though.
Costa Rica has no Malaria as well.
Brushing up on some basic spanish will help a lot if you plan on using local busses/transport.
Mar 30, 2012 10:36 AM
14There IS malaria in Costa Rica, but it is in areas that tourists don't usually go to.
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