Trip Planning

Student Discount Cards

The only internationally recognized student ID card is the International Student Identity Card, or ISIC card.

Any full-time student aged 12 years and over, at high school, college or university is eligible for an ISIC card. As long as you’re a student, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 12 or 112.

Free Downloadable City Guides does a fantastic series of free 3-4 page city guides, which are downloadable in PDF format to your phone or other device, or printable to easily fold up and put in your bag. Lots of useful information, including festival dates, public transport tips, what kind of plug adapter you need, etc.

Check them out here.

Hostelling International (HI) Membership

Speaking of hostels, if you are thinking of finding some cheap accomodation during your travels, the best ones are generally part of the international network, Hostelling International. You can become a member by registering before you leave Canada, and it will generally score you some extra perks or make your stay at one of their hostels a few bucks cheaper per night. 

Check it out here.


Another great option for cheap places to stay is AirBnB is an online site dedicated to short term property rentals by/for travellers. It allows private citizens to list their place of residence for short-term rentals (a few days to a few months), and they are generally more competitively priced and more interesting places to stay than hotels or hostels if you're going to be somewhere for more than a night or two. If you ever wanted to stay in a castle or a treehouse - this is the place to check out!

It can also be a great place to look for apartment to rent while you are studying somewhere on exchange.

What to Wear

This extensive and lengthy article about travel fashion by Conde Nast Traveler gives great advice on what to wear and how to wear it for countries around the world. Here are a couple of excerpts:

"Layering a stretchy headband under a tight-fitting hijab screams "dork" to trendy young Iranians. The same hijab sans headband is socially acceptable."

"Flip-flops? "They're what you wear in the bathroom," Gorlinski says. "Never out in town." Pair heel-covering sandals (like gladiators), sneakers, or ballet flats with Levi's or Lee jeans. —American denim is revered in Jakarta and its surrounds."

"[In Germany,] anything shabby will be noticed; people will cluck at a scuffed shoe and gape unrestrainedly at a hanging hem or soiled shirt."

It's important to know the local clothing customs and norms, both so that you can blend in, and so that you can more easily make friends with the locals. In some cases, it may even be cause for legal trouble - so make sure to do your research, especially if you will be traveling outside of Europe and North America.

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) Links