December College Visit Planning Roundup
Dec03

December College Visit Planning Roundup

December is one of those questionable months when it comes to campus visits. You may already be asking yourself  should I visit colleges or not? The decision about when to visit a campus is often based on personal schedules, the opportunity to combine family travel with college travel, and date-specific admission programs such as open house or preview day. With so many factors to consider, it's easy to forget that there's a lot going on (and sometimes not going on) on any given campus during the month of December.   Winter Frisbee at St. Joseph's College of Maine   Exams, winter graduation, semester breaks…all of these can impact what you might consider tobe a "good day to visit." To help you plan and factor in the pluses and negatives of visiting a college in December, we've compiled a list of previously published posts packed with tips and considerations. Often times, what makes a good campus visit begins with setting the right expectations.  December on College Campuses Mid-December for the College-bound Travel Tips for December College Visits 10 Questions to Ask on a College Visit Have fun and travel safe and, if you'd like to share your college visit story with us,  just click "SHARE" to get...

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Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?
Jan17

Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Z. Kelly Queijo It’s “Travel Tuesday” (a designation on Twitter for travel related tweets posted on — you guess it — Tuesdays! Travel Tuesday Tweets carry the hashtag “#traveltuesday” or “#TT” (case does not matter).  In honor of #TT, our post today provides travel planning resources for the college-bound. Planning Campus Visit Travel If you’re planning spring college visits, then you’re likely already in the throws of making hotel reservations and wrestling with the answer to “Will I fly or will I drive?” To help you evaluate costs related to college visit travel, we’ve provided the following resources. Let us know if you find any of these useful and, please feel free to suggest other tools or tips in the Comments section. Fly or Drive Calcualtor – I ran across Fly vs. Drive: A Website to Help You Decide on TravelingMom.com (where I also blog). It allows you to compare the costs of flying to the cost of driving. You can adjust various components to get an accurate assessment of travel costs. Fuel Calculator – Developed by a college student for Smart College Visit, this is a handy fuel calculator to make it easy to find out how much you’ll spend on fuel for your college road trip. Find a Hotel Near Campus– This takes you to our Smart College Visit hotel search site. Here, you can search by city and travel dates, get hotel reviews, book online, find pet-friendly hotels, and view nearby attractions–which is always nice when traveling with family–you can turn your campus visit into a mini-vacation! Our prices are competitive and you can search for hotels by brand name, preferences, and even ratings! It takes a little extra time to plan college visit travel cost-effectively, but by evaluating costs before your trip, you may find ways to save so it’s affordable to bring a friend or additional family members along with out breaking the bank. Do you have travel tips to share with other college-bound families? Please post them in the comment section or on our Facebook page. Feel free to post these tweets and follow @collegevisit Will  you fly or drive to visit campus? Check out these handy travel tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT Planning college visits? Evaluate travel costs with these handy tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT HAPPY TRAVEL...

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College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat
Mar25

College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat

Kim Orlando, founder of TravelingMom.com (a terrific resource for family travel planning) invited me to join her and other moms of teens to chat about  planning college visits on her weekly #TMOM Twitter Party.  Here are the details: WHEN: Monday, March 28, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) HASHTAG: #TMOM #COLLEGE For more information, go to: March 28 Twitter Party: College Visits and be sure to RSVP on the Traveling Mom site to put your name in the hat to win a prize! If you've never participated in a #TMOM Twitter Party, then you're in for some fun! Expect to come away with some great tips on planning family travel and campus tours.   Disclosure: I am a member of the TravelingMom Blogger Network and my articles appear under the handle: CollegeVisit Traveling Mom. Twitter handles to follow: @collegevisit @travelingmoms @kimorlando @CindyRichards *** College Visit Related Reading Wrapup from Theresa Smith's #CollegeChat: 7 Things to Know before You Embark on Your First College Visit on Pathway Communications College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in Advance Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid:...

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