05/19/2015 05:24 pm ET Updated May 18, 2016

School's Out: 12 Tips for Student Travelers Off to See the World

Whether you've recently graduated and you're traveling the world, you're about to spend your summer abroad or you're just planning a road trip with friends, get ready for some great adventures. Whatever your travel agenda may be, says go for it! The ripe young age of 20-something is the perfect time to explore new places and gain new experiences. We sat down with our team of travel experts working in South Africa, London, Australia and North America to gather the most helpful travel tips we could think of -- a list of "I wish I'd knowns," if you will. Now you can travel smart, safe and on a budget. There's no need to be intimidated by the big bad world with these proven tips.

School's out: 12 tips for student travelers off to see the world