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Youth and Budget Travel

April 18, 1999|LUCY IZON

Following are information sources and contacts for students and other travelers on a budget:

ARRANGEMENTS

ISTC (International Student Travel Confederation): Administers international student and youth (under 26) card programs worldwide. Internet http://www.istc.org. For a card, contact STA Travel, telephone (310) 824-1574.

Council Travel: Tours, international discount cards for students, youths, teachers; work and volunteer abroad programs; air and rail tickets; hostel cards, gear and guidebooks. Telephone (800) 2- COUNCIL or (310) 208-3551, Internet http://www.counciltravel.com.

STA Travel: Student and youth identity cards, air and bus tickets; more than 200 offices worldwide (six in California). Tel. (800) 781-4040, Internet http://www.statravel.com.

USTN (University and Student Travel Network): Services similar to those listed above. The Los Angeles campus outlet of the 20-member network is the USC Travel Store; tel. (213) 740-7580. A UCLA office will open May 1: Bruin Walk Travel, tel. (310) 206-4280.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hostelling International: Association of 5,000 hostels in 70 countries. Internet http://www.iyhf.org.

HI-American Youth Hostels: HI-AYH, Los Angeles Council, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; tel. (310) 393-3413, Internet http://www.hiayh.org. To make reservations at a hostel, tel. (800) 909-4776, Internet http://www.hostels.com.

TRANSPORTATION, TOURS

Green Tortoise: Tour and transportation service operating buses between Los Angeles and Seattle. 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133; tel. (415) 956-7500, Internet http://www.greentortoise.com.

The Missing Link: Bus tours and service between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Tel. (800) 209-8586 or (310) 543-9172, Internet http://www.themissinglinktours.com.

US Bus: Hop-on-hop-off, hostel-to-hostel, nationwide bus service. Tel. (800) 873-5872, Internet http://www.theusbus.com.

Busabout: European hop-on-hop-off, hostel-to-hostel backpacker bus service. Tel. 011-44-171-950-1661, Internet http://www.busabout.com.

Contiki Holidays: Tours in 48 countries for travelers ages 18-35. No single supplement. Tel. (800) 266-8454, Internet http://www.contiki.com.

Rail Europe: Rail services in 35 European countries. Tel. (800) 4- EURAIL, (888) BRITRAIL, (800) EU-ROSTAR, Internet http://www.raileurope.com/us.

Kiwi Experience and Oz Experience: Backpacker bus services in Australia and New Zealand. Call Council Travel or STA Travel to book trip (numbers above). Internet http://www.ozex.com.au.

Stray Travel Network: Affiliated backpacker tour and transportation service operating in Britain and Ireland. Tel. 011-44-171-373-7737, Internet http://www.straytravel.com.

GUIDEBOOKS

(Most available in bookstores)

Lonely Planet: Extensive information site with free electronic newsletter and a special area to trade information. Internet http://www.lonelyplanet.com.

Rough Guides: In addition to guides (published in England), they offer electronic information site and free newsletter, Rough News, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; Internet http://www.hotwired.com/rough.

Let's Go: Budget guidebooks. Internet http://www.letsgo.com. Free newsletter (Yellowjacket) can be ordered online or by mail: Let's Go, c/o St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010-7848.

Moon Travel Handbooks: Guidebooks and free online newsletter. Internet http://www.moon.com.

Transitions Abroad: Alternative travel, work and study publications. P.O. Box 1300, Amherst, MA 01004-1300; tel. (413) 256-3414, fax (413) 256-0373, Internet http://www.transabroad.com.

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Lucy Izon writes the Travel section's weekly Youth Beat column. She is the author of "Izon's Backpacker Journal." For more information and links to these and other resources, her Internet site is http://www.izon.com.

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