10 Reasons To Visit Your Friends At Other Schools

Missing the gang now that you’re all scattered across the country?

With summer vacation ending and everyone heading back to their respective colleges, you’re probably feeling a little nostalgic for those summer adventures when everyone was in the same place. And although it might feel impossible to plan a trip to visit them, we’re here to tell you that it’s not.

Thanks to companies like FlixBus, traveling has never been easier or more affordable. With over 2,000 destinations available (along with that sweet student discount), the time to visit your friends at other schools is now. Still need convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you should take the time to go visit your friends at other schools.

1. It’s not as expensive as you think.

We all know traveling right now seems like a huge luxury with fuel prices skyrocketing. Not with FlixBus, though! With fares as low as $4.99 (yes, you read that right—under $5), FlixBus is here to get you from point A to point B easily, and without totally killing your budget for the semester.

Let’s say you live in LA and want to head to Vegas for the weekend. That trip will cost you over $100 in gas alone. With Flix Bus, it’s only $70. You seriously can’t beat that.

Plus, students get a 20% off discount at FlixBus when you book through Student Beans!

2. You’ll get to visit a different place.

There’s nothing quite like going somewhere you’ve never been before. Whether your friend goes to school in the next town over, or if they’re all the way across the country, visiting a new place is exciting! You’ll get to experience an entirely different campus, nightlife, city, food culture, and everything in between. Trying new things is always an adventure.

3. It’s a great way to step out of your comfort zone.

Maybe you’re nervous about traveling alone. Or maybe you’re a bit anxious about going to a place you’ve never been before. Either way, taking a trip to visit your friends is a great way to do something out of the ordinary and push you out of your comfort zone a bit. We love a trip that also doubles as a chance for personal growth.

4. New experiences are always worth it.

Think about it—your best memories are centered around the time you spent with people, not the stuff you bought. Investing in creating new memories with your best friends is always worth the price. Plus, you can justify it even more since you’re getting a 20% discount when you book your FlixBus with Student Beans.

5. Your friends will appreciate it.

You know those nights in your dorm when you’re feeling kind of blah, and you just really wish your friend could walk through the door to cheer you up? Now imagine you could be that friend.

The golden rule applies here—be the kind of person you’d want to spend time with. Your friends might not be the type to directly ask you to visit them (or tell you if they’re feeling down), but we’re sure they’d appreciate the gesture. Be the one to make the first move!

6. You’ll fight off some homesickness.

If you’re feeling homesick, being around people who feel like home is a great way to beat those beginning of semester blues. There’s always an adjustment period once you’re back on campus again, but a quick trip to see your best friends is the perfect chance to have a bit of fun before your school schedule gets too crazy.

7. Your mental health will thank you for it.

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Sometimes, a change of pace and a break from your routine is just what the doctor ordered. Studies have shown that traveling increases brain function and is linked to stress reduction. As if you needed an excuse to take a break, your brain will be better for it, making that mountain of schoolwork and tests to study for look not quite so daunting.

8. Everyone has time for a quick vacation.

We get it—everyone is busy, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the idea that you don’t have time to take a vacation. This doesn’t have to be some huge, week-long, cross-country excursion (but if you can, go for it!). Think on a smaller scale. Maybe you and your friends could find a central meeting point to hang out for a long weekend, or even just a day trip.

Don’t let yourself buy into the idea that you have to be 100% focused on school at all times while you’re in college and don’t have time for fun. Give yourself a short break and find a way to make your mini-getaway with your pals happen. This way, you can come back to studying refreshed after your trip.

9. The journey itself is fun, too.

Road trips can be extremely relaxing, especially if you have interesting scenery to look at. Since you don’t have to focus on the stressful part of travel (the driving) thanks to FlixBus, use this time to really see the country you live in and all it has to offer.

Is your drive a bit dull? Then opt instead to take the hours you’ll spend on the bus reading, playing video games, or just relaxing. FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi on all their buses, meaning you can stay connected the whole trip. There are plenty of options (and time), so find something you can work on and enjoy the traveling part of travel, too.

The best part? You don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of your travel with FlixBus. Their buses only use 23 grams of C02 per person when traveling. On the other hand, your car uses 143 grams when you travel, and planes use 214 grams. They even beat out regular buses, which use 29 grams.

10. You deserve a break.

Let’s be honest here—you could probably use a breather. With all the chaos of starting the semester, a whole new set of classes, and getting back into the swing of homework, you’re likely feeling a bit…frazzled. Don’t start the semester off already feeling stressed!

Thankfully, there’s plenty of weekends coming up (and likely a fall break), which means it’s the perfect time to start planning a visit with your friends. Plus, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to to help you push through the tougher days of classes.

Well, are your bags already packed? We don’t blame you! FlixBus has made it so easy to plan your next visit with friends, we wouldn’t be surprised if you have all kinds of trips scheduled. Just be sure to use your student discount with Student Beans to save 20% on all travel with FlixBus!

Need some more motivation for the new semester? Check out these books to help you get off on the right foot. Plus, mark your calendars for this date to save money on your tuition.

This post is a sponsored post in partnership with FlixBus.