I'm a journalism student in Toronto writing a piece on road trips for a student travel publication, deadline early to mid-October. I've been browsing the forum, and I've noticed that a lot of you seem to be genuine experts on the topic. I'm looking for people to interview about the experience from a student or budget traveller's perspective--planning, finding cheap/free accommodation, working on the road...any help, especially from someone located in Canada/the Toronto area, would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me if you're interested and we can arrange an interview of some sort.
I'm in Barrie. Not sure if I can help. Perhaps contact by email?
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Hello! I fit a couple of those categories, I'm a student (part-time non-traditional - ie went back after a few years) and generally a budget traveller.
Sometimes, when I'm talking to a fellow student about travel, they ask me how I find the time to do all this, but the most common response is a desire for more money to be able to travel on their part. It can be expensive, it can be cheap. It all depends on what you want out of it. The key is knowing how to manipulate all of the variables so you can optimize the trip...this is not easy and it's one of the reason's this forum is so successful.
I sent you an email - look forward to hearing from you!
As sort of a background primer on road trips, you might want to look at the <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/RoadTripReport/March2004.htm">March issue of the RoadTrip Report<a/>
One of the RTA correspondents is based in Toronto and you can find Craig Smith's e-mail address on the <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/guides.htm">Guides & Correspondents<a/> page.
I am a student and I always travelled on a budget and I also live in Canada (Quebec). If I can help you with anything, just send me an email : email@example.com.
For budget accomodations/lodging you can check out "lodging for the budget traveller" in the Gear Up section, you will find my tips on how to find a great place to sleep without busting your budget.
Good luck on your article!
Thanks very much for the tips, I'd been scanning the correspondents page but I somehow missed the Toronto connection. I'll be sure to get in contact with Craig!
Thanks for your reply, I'd love to talk to you, and I actually already sent you an e-mail. Your tips on budget accommodations are great, by the way, and it'd be great to talk to a student. I'll definitely send you another e-mail with some questions if you don't mind.
While I don't fit into the Toronto area (I'm on the Washington coast), I'm very familiar with roadtripping and doing it on a budget. If I can help, let me know.