Study Abroad Travel Tip: Use the Layover

For those of you who are college students (aka bankrupt), but still love traveling, this article is for you. International travel is not cheap. Mainly, because of the cost of airfare. So, once you’ve saved up for that big trip, you want to make the most of your time there. If you really love traveling, you probably want to see as many places as possible and get the greatest variety of experiences possible. One way you can do that, is by using your layover.

This winter break, I have the great opportunity to spend some time studying in India. I have been able to travel here with the Nyack Nursing program and am having some awesome experiences in the hospital. Being a poor college student who loves to travel, I want to see as much of the world as possible for the cheapest price I can. Luckily, on my way to India, I had an opportunity to have a layover in London. When most people think of a layover, they think of the dread of sitting in the airport for hours on end. But, this time, instead of just sitting in the airport for hours, I decided to choose a long layover, and then take the time to explore London. In that way, I didn’t have to pay anything extra for a flight there, I didn’t have to pay for somewhere to stay overnight, and I still got to explore another new country. I was able to tour around the city for a day, then go back and take an overnight flight to India. Some of the other nursing students and I were able to go to the center of London and see Big Ben, Westminister Abby, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, the London Bridge, the Winter Wonderland festival, and a few other famous landmarks. We were even able to take a boat tour of the Thames River and stop at a cafe for lunch. It was definitely worth having a long layover to go out and explore.

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If you are thinking about doing this, you can go to this travel site to find out all the different countries that you can visit without a visa if you have an American Passport. Some of the cities you are allowed to visit with common airports for layovers include London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Seoul, Prague, Lisbon, and Madrid. Other countries you can visit on layover without a visa ahead of time include any of the Carribean islands, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Belize, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, and many others. Make sure that you check online to see if there is an exit or entry fee to visit the country, because sometimes they are required.

Using your layover to explore a new country is one of the best ways to get to as many places as possible for less money. Overnight flights and flights with multiple layovers often cost less, so that makes these trips even more affordable. If you are thinking about taking a trip overseas some time soon, this is definitely something you should look into!