We’ve all heard tales of friends or family getting killer deals on last-minute travel to exotic locations; however, there are some major benefits to planning your international travel sooner vs later. Planning ahead really does pay off!
#1: Tuition Savings
Thinking of traveling with Global Leadership Adventures this summer? We have a rolling admissions process, which means that there are no generally no deadlines to join a program; however, applying before our annual tuition hike on November 1 guarantees 2019 tuition costs.
If your summer plans change (it happens!) we're happy to help switch you to another open session or a different program altogether without any fee until April.
#2: Avoid the “Travel Prep Frenzy"
Regardless of where and when you go, international travel requires some degree of preparation. Necessary evils like applying for a passport or a visa, booking travel, and obtaining any required vaccinations take time and energy. Why not space them out? Checking these items off your list at a leisurely pace sure beats the frenzy of getting items together a mere few weeks before departure.
Completing the necessary paperwork can be done in an abbreviated timeline with expediting services and rush appointments; however, you will thank yourself for starting your preparations early!
#3: Location, Location, Location
Every year we have students who have their heart set on a particular program, only to find that when they apply in the Spring that it has filled to capacity. It can be difficult to guess which programs will be in highest demand from year to year. Waitlists often do not clear, and students are either forced to go with their second choice or opt out of travel altogether. Don't let this happen to you! Applying as soon as you know you're interested in a particular program will ensure that you get your first choice of program, location, and travel dates.
#4: Connect With Friends
While it’s certainly not required, many GLA students like to reach out through SnapChat or Instagram (or via ancient means such as Facebook or email) to get to know the students they’ll soon be flying, living and working with on their program. Planning travel early allows more time for students to forge these connections from the get-go. This is especially useful for first-time or nervous travelers (or their parents!)
#5: Flight Availability
There are many myths surrounding finding the best flights at the lowest cost, one of the most pervasive being that all flights will at some point go waaaay down in price. Unfortunately, this isn't typically the case. For every flight that gets rock-botton discounted shortly before takeoff, there are ten that actually go up significantly in price. Additionally, the most direct routes to some locations can sell out of seats altogether, leaving you with less direct options or sometimes no options at all for the travel dates you need.
While you must wait until GLA gives the OK to book a flight, it helps to be ready with your desired route and airline.
Our tips? Hunt for flights on Tuesdays for the best pricing, and aim to book at least two to three months in advance. This will give you plenty of time to explore all of your flight options and get the most bang for your buck. We also recommend reaching out to our travel agnecy partner--they are experts in student travel!
If you know you're ready to plan travel but just can't decide which program is best, give us a call at 858.771.0645, or check out our programs by theme. Now is perfect time to get the wheels in motion!