Buses in the city

Planning Your Trip

Have an idea of sites you want to visit and things you want to do during your trip. Do some research on travel blogs and communities. You should ask friends and family who have traveled before about places they enjoyed the most. Read through site-specific guide books like Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guide, Rick Steves, or Frommers

Book all travel far in advance. However, do not book anything until after the first week of classes. You may find there are NYU-sponsored trips already in place.

Some helpful sites:

  • Kayak - This is a great site that compares all the current deals in the market.
  • Sky Scanner - A flight amalgam offering information for various location.
  • Air Gorilla -  A flight amalgam, similar to Kayak. 
  • Euro Flight Pass - This discount flight pass allows you to fly from city to city within Europe for $100 each way. For odd cities, this is a great price and probably the cheapest you will find. 
  • Rumbo - Spanish-version of Kayak
  • Student Universe - Student fares for flights, hotels, etc.
  • Sky Europe - This site has a sale sometimes for free flights and all you pay is taxes. Keep an eye out for those.

Last Minute Tips

  • Inform someone (your parents, the school, a friend) of your travel plans in case of emergency.
  • Make sure you have more than one source of money (e.g. cash and a credit card, or two credit cards)
  • Make a copy of your passport and a credit card and pack these to bring along with you.
  • Bring email confirmations of all reservations and arrangements you have made.
  • Write down the address of your destination to show to a local if you need help. Also, print out directions of how to get to that location.
Nora, an NYU in Prague student.

Spring/Fall Break Stories

"I went on an 18 day adventure to Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and Italy. My favorites - which I highly recommend - are Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. While every city and country that I visited is culturally unique, Salzburg and Vienna were highly unassuming cities that took me by surprise. They weren't outrageous or completely exotic, but they were both so beautiful in their own breathtaking ways. Prague is a gorgeous city with an array of building, architecture and sites that combines old Prague with its very interesting recent history."

- Olivia, NYU Madrid student