Travel Advice: Air Travel

Sabrina Gato Embracing Cinque Terre (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

In France, Italy, and Spain, students are given a specific date that they are required to meet in Paris, Rome, or Madrid respectively. Usually flights from the US arrive in Europe in the morning. We leave for our first walk at 16:00 (4 PM) on that first day. Students that arrive in the early morning have the opportunity to refresh, as well as go grocery shopping prior to our walk.

The study abroad prices do not include airfare. Students must purchase their own ticket. The classes do not travel as groups, as many students decide to arrive in Europe prior to the class or remain after it ends.

The prices of airline tickets are unpredictable. So many global factors influence costs that it is impossible to accurately predict a price. Generally, however, these two statements hold true: (1) Summer tickets from Miami to Europe range from $400 – $1,600.  (2) The earlier a ticket is purchased, the more affordable it is. Bailly usually purchases his summer tickets as early as November of the previous year.

Please be aware that many students decide to arrive prior to the start of our class and/or remain after it ends. Travelling around Europe is very easy and quite safe.

Please remember that flights that leave very early in the morning will likely require you to hire a taxi, whereas later ones are accessible by public transport. Taxis are generally considerably more expensive than public transportation.

Read Bailly’s guide to Rome’s Airport.


“I generally buy my airline ticket quite early. Once I find a price that is reasonable, I purchase it. I like to check it off my list-no need to think about it anymore. I also strongly believe that the most direct flight will save me travel time and avoid extended jet-lag adjustment. Some flights may involve multiple stopovers and extended travel time, for minimal savings. A direct (or one stopover) and shorter flight is worth the extra $100-$200 to me. Lastly, I suggest you join a loyalty program. I have a Oneworld account. Miles add up quickly.”

This travel advice is primarily directed to students participating in Professor Bailly’s FIU Honors College EspañaFrance, and Italia, Study Abroad programs. It is intended to help twenty-somethings explore, seek adventure, and truly immerse themselves in a culture. The goals are to travel affordably, travel safely, and live like a local. Always remember,  however, that what works for some, may not necessarily work for you. Ultimately, your decisions are your decisions.

John William Bailly  28 October February 2021

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