When you travel during your CIEE Work & Travel USA program, keep the following tips in mind:
If you plan to travel outside the U.S. during the program, you may only do so during the work dates in Box 3 of your DS-2019 and for no longer than 30 days. If you travel outside the U.S., you must have your original DS-2019 signed for travel by CIEE and receive a Good Standing Letter. For detailed instructions on how to obtain proper travel validation from CIEE, please call or email CIEE.
Important Rules for Travel Outside the U.S.
Traveling around the U.S. can be one of the best parts of the Work & Travel program. It’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance, to make the most of your travel time.
In this section you will find information about travel services that are available. Many providers offer discounts for students, and some offer special discounts just for CIEE participants.
Air travel can be a great way to travel across the U.S. It can often be cheaper than bus or train, and may be much quicker. There are more than 1,000 airports throughout the U.S., so you can usually find one near where you’re trying to visit.
You will normally need to book early to get the best fares. There are many websites that search all airlines to get you the best fares. Here are some of the most commonly used sites:
Be sure to look for student discounts.
Traveling by train is not as common in the U.S. as it is in many other countries. However, the national railroad, Amtrak, offers passes for up to 30 days just for international visitors. Student discounts are also available.
Greyhound is the major nationwide bus company in the U.S., serving more than 2,000 destinations. They also offer weekly and monthly passes allowing unlimited travel during a set time period. Student discounts are also available.
There are also many regional bus and rail companies that you may find convenient, especially when arriving in or leaving the U.S. You can often find this information on your arrival airport’s website.
Hostels can be a great solution if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay. They offer a comfortable night’s sleep in friendly surroundings, and are a great way to meet other travelers. Check out the CIEE hostelling partners in the boxes to the right.
There are also many budget hotels and motels across the U.S. These can also be a great option, especially if you are travelling in a group.
There are lots of useful websites with information about many U.S. destinations. Here are a few. Many of them also offer guidebooks.
Individual cities and states may also have helpful tourism websites.