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Welcome back! Now that the Spring 2013 semester has arrived, it’s time to begin planning for your Summer Legal Studies experience!
For many of you, planning will begin with finding a good flight. Here are a few tips:
- Try Internet-based travel reservation sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Student Universe. These sites are best for those looking to travel on-the-cheap, as their fares are usually cheaper than those offered directly through the major airline websites. Kayak is also helpful, as it simultaneously researches and displays flight prices from all the major online travel reservation sites.
*Special tip: Research has shown that Tuesday afternoons/evenings are the best times to book a flight online, as more flights are available for booking and rates are generally lower. If possible, avoid researching or purchasing flights Friday – Sunday; the airlines raise flight prices on those days because that’s when folks have the most free time to surf the Internet!
- Read the small print. Taking a few minutes to review your flight dates/times, charges, connection airports, baggage fees, cancellation policies, etc. This will save you time, money, and future headaches.
- If you’d rather not book online, hiring a travel agent is also a good option. Please note that you may be subject to paying commission fees in addition to the flight price, though. For travel agent recommendations, please contact Tori Luwisch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign up for fare alerts so you’ll be immediately notified when a cheap flight is released. A good fare alert/comparison website is FareCompare.
- Consider booking an open-jawed flight (to fly into one destination and depart from another). Open-jawed flights are often the same price as regular flights and will allow you to see more of the region you are travelling to. To find an open-jawed flight, be sure to check the “multi-destination” option when searching on Internet-based travel reservation sites.
- Consider flying into a large airport near your destination, then travelling by train the rest of the way. It’s more expensive to fly into smaller airports, so using the plane/train option can often lower your travel costs. Example: Rather than flying directly into Vienna, you may want to fly into Munich and then take the train to Vienna.
- Remember to schedule your flights at least 2.5 hours after your exams are complete!
- Most importantly: Don’t be afraid to ask a question! The Center for International Programs staff is always available to answer your travel inquiries!
The Telegraph UK’s profile of Spetses, Greece, site of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s newest Summer Legal Studies Program:
Need a new or renewed passport?
The United States Postal Service will be accepting and processing passport applications at Loyola’s annual undergrad study abroad fair, Thursday, February 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The fair will be held in the St. Charles Room, 1st Floor, Danna Center.
To apply, you will need:
Birth Certificate (original version)
Valid Photo ID
2″ x 2″ Passport Photo. USPS is making the application easier by
offering a photo service at the fair for $15.
Passport Fees ($110 payable by check or money order)
Execution fee ($25 payable by check or money order)
Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for a passport, valid for 10 years!www.travel.state.gov.
For details about the passport application process, please visit
For those of you travelling to Budapest this summer, the internet is rich with travel guides and resources to help you plan!
- The folks at Hostelworld have published a concise, informative, free pocket guide to Budapest.
- Visitbudapest.travel has a wealth of travel forums and blogs which feature peer travel tips and daily updates on Budapest’s cultural happenings.
- The New York Times offers its quirky tips for seeing the Best of Budapest in 36 Hours.
- Finally, luxe travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller highlights the best of the bath scene in Budapest.
Additionally, please remember that you will receive the Budapest Program Handbook and the Budapest DK Eyewitness travel guidebook (already included in your program deposits) this month!