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Touring: Student Travel
In the early eighties student travel became not just affordable but the expected norm. It soon became trendy and fashionable to take a year out from study at university in order to broaden one's horizons. When round the world fares plummeted at the beginning of that decade, students found it more affordable to travel the world. Backpacking was reinvented and the already well-trodden trails of Southeast Asia became the mainstays of the trendy student traveller. These days students are given the opportunity to fly to more obscure destinations in search of something different, more exciting and more dangerous. 

Accommodation need not be expensive for the student traveller and usually all that is required is a roof over your head. Hostels are always the cheapest option and rooms are available in a number of sizes from 12 bedded dormitories down to single, double, twin or triple rooms. Normally the more beds in the room, the cheaper your bed will be. Students often qualify for a range of discounts not just on airfares but on internal bus networks and a host of tourist attractions.

Many students opt for living abroad as foreign exchange students and this really does give you the opportunity to experience the real heart and soul of a country and it is people. Teaching English, particular in developing Asian countries is also popular as is nature conservation in designated national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Then there are the organised fund-raising cycling trips to destinations like the Andes or Himalayas although a large sum of money is usually needed to be raised in order to take part in such excursions. Normally sponsorship here is the only possibility. Grants or interest-free loans have also encouraged students to travel in recent years.
 

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