If you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay while traveling in Europe without sacrificing comfort or location, then we recommend you check in to a Generator Hostel. This upscale hostel chain has reasonable prices, and locations in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Rome and Venice. Shared rooms start at about 12 euro per night and, if you are looking for something more private, the hostel offers rooms comparable to a room in a nice boutique hotel at a fraction of the price! All the hostels feature stylish décor that incorporate elements of the relevant city, fun common areas, a central location, and a 24-hour reception filled with helpful and friendly staff. The rooms are clean and the hostel provides large storage spaces under beds that can fit luggage and valuable goods. If you are traveling by yourself, the hostels provide walking tours and pub-crawls, so you will not be alone for long. Additional amenities such as free-wifi and a well-priced laundry service ensure that you will travel in comfort.
Missing the carefree days of Spring Break, free from the stress of dissertations and classes? Us too, which is why we have created the Spring Break photo challenge, where you can share your favorite holiday memories. To enter, simply submit up to four photos by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your name and the location of the photograph! The competition is open to anyone, and the winners will have their photos featured on our website and social media pages. Submissions close April 28th at midnight. We can’t what to see what you have to share!
We can all easily fall victim to a scam on holiday, so we have compiled a list of the most common scams, some of which we have been subject to whilst traveling, so that you can learn from our mistakes!
Spring is finally upon us and it’s time for our second photo challenge: "Spring Break." Got travel plans for the coming break? Already packed and searching madly for your passport? Wherever you’re heading this spring, we’d love to see your holiday snaps and hear about your favourite experiences, so why not submit a photo to the St Andrews Travel Collective photo competition! To enter, simply submit your favourite photo by emailing email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name and the location of your photograph! The competition is open to anyone, St Andrews student or otherwise, and the three winners of the competition will have their photos featured on our website! Applications close on Sunday, April 12th at midnight, and we will announce the winners the following week. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Happy travels!
We've all been there, the long flight approaching just as the denial sets in. For some the prospect of any flight over 5 hours can seem daunting, however, with the right balance of entertainment and sleep the flight will be over in no time! Here are some ways to make the flight bearable:
1. Wear comfortable layers
This may seem fairly obvious, however airlines tend to turn up the air conditioning. If you get cold fairly easily, it's best to pack a good jumper or a thick scarf to supplement the in-flight blanket. Additionally, feet tend to swell at a high altitude so be sure you're wearing a comfortable pair of shoes you can loosen as the swelling kicks in.
2. Pack more snacks than you think you need
If you're like us and tend to eat when you're bored, then a long flight tends to be the place you want a snack the most. Small packets of peanuts and mediocre in-flight meals don't provide the most sustenance. Packing plenty dried fruits, biscuits, and sweets in your bag will definitely leave you thanking yourself once in the air.
3. Walk around
On a flight this long, restlessness is likely. Take periodic strolls up and down the aisles to help amend this. Occasional stretching will help with soreness that comes from sitting for so long.
4. Bring a mix of entertainment
Friends reruns on the in-flight entertainment provide a great distraction, but only for a couple hours. Be sure to bring along good music and books in case you tire of the selection on the in-flight entertainment system. Podcasts aren't just for your parents anymore! Try something like Serial, a podcast exploring a past murder case, to pass the time in an interesting way.
5. Freshen up
Long flights are more than just emotionally draining, lots of traveling can take a toll on your skin as well. Flying tends to dry out your skin, so be sure to pack some face wash and moisturizer to freshen up before landing. Don't forget a toothbrush and toothpaste!
Love, The Travel Tips Team
Jamilah, Hannah & Liz.
As the infamous week 6 arrives, the days in St Andrews can get a little tiring. Luckily you don’t have to go far to escape the bubble and explore what Fife and the surrounding counties have to offer.
Ever wanted to take the quintessential road trip across the US but have no idea where to start? Thankfully, the website Roadtrippers is here to help! Roadtrippers helps you plan your trip-- offering resources on estimated costs, lodging, food, and fun pit stops. It even saves planned trips to your account, allowing you to go back and alter plans if need be. Roadtrippers is a great timesaving tool. Oftentimes planning a road trip can be overwhelming, but with Roadtrippers it is made easy!
The Travel Tips Team
Jamilah, Hannah & Liz.
It only takes a taxi ride from the airport into the heart of Lagos to see that you have suddenly entered an urban labyrinth. Grinding traffic gives way to a plethora of street vendors. Chewing gum, Nollywood cinema, a window cleaning service – there’s nothing you can’t find in a traffic jam. Like the country itself, it’s a system of livelihoods. With a Nigerian mother, and a Scottish father who has invested most of his life working there, I have grown up surprisingly detached from the root of my family heritage. On my first visit to the country for over a decade, the last memory of which was distinctly distant, returning home to Nigeria was no doubt exciting, but I can admit I had my reservations.
For us small-town St Andrews folk, the inter-semester vacation (and spring break if you’re super fancy) can provide countless opportunity to quench our cultural thirsts, whether you’re hot-footing it around Europe on a budget or indulging in the finer things in life. Perhaps one of the best ways to maximise on your cultural experience is to volunteer – but there are a LOT of companies out there waiting to snatch your cash and leave you feeling less then fulfilled. Whatever you’re into, here are my top 3 tips to make sure you get the best out of your volunteer experience, without getting ripped off.
Anyone that knows me knows that I have a slight obsession with breakfast. I am far from being a “grab and piece of fruit and go” kind of girl, so the rise in popularity of ‘brunch’ is suiting me wonderfully. When thinking about what to write for this post, I debated writing about my favourite breakfast places in the world (ever!) but considering that the world is – obviously - a big place, I’ve downsized my catchment area to the city of London. St Andrews to London is a well-trodden path, so I thought I’d share my favourite spots for a morning meal in the great city.