ISIC me! How to save on planning and packing for your trip

Pop quiz. What do all the below have in common?

  • Lonely Planet Guides
  • Heathrow Express
  • Jack Wills
  • Miss Guided and Forever 21
  • Cotswold Outdoor gear
  • Apple products

Lonely-rugby-shirt-wearing-Millennial-runs-late-to-airport? Nope? …No idea then.

Answer: They are just five of the thousands of travel, tech and fashion items you can get discounts on with your ISIC card. Intrigued? Read on, traveller, and you could save hundreds throughout your gap year.


What is an ISIC card?

It’s the only form of internationally recognised student ID, and we’ve been flashing our ISIC plastic around the planet for local student discounts and free drinks for years. But what we didn’t realise, was just how much you could save on planning and packing before you go.

An ISIC card will set you back just £12. Plus, the kind-to-the-planet humans at ISIC have now made their cards plastic-free with new virtual ID cards on their free app. So, you can keep your plastic fantastic Barbs, we ain’t interested. (We may still want to play with your Barbie Dreamhouse though, and perhaps Ken’s smart casual ‘resort-wear’ wardrobe…).

From airport trains to travel threads and tech, tap on the ISIC app for all this good stuff before you go. Here’s how.


Planning your trip

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Lonely Planet – 30% off guides

The oracle for travellers everywhere, we don’t know what we did before Lonely Planet. Got lost and phoned home a lot, probably. With your ISIC card you’ll get 30% off all printed guidebooks and eBooks on the Lonely Planet UK online shop.


STA Travel Clinic – 10% off vaccinations

Holler, there’s a doctor in the house! Well, it’s actually a nurse, and they’re inside a selected range of STA Travel stores, but it’s basically the same thing. Get 10% off vaccinations at travel clinics in our London Victoria, Liverpool, Manchester Deansgate, Leeds, Bristol and Southampton stores.


Getting to the airport


20% off National Express

National Express coaches connect almost 1,000 towns, cities and regional airports across the UK, and they’re the best option for budget-minded backpackers hitting up the world via the departures lounge of any London airport. Or home to see mum and dad.


25% off Travel from London Paddington to Heathrow on the Heathrow Express

It only takes 25 minutes. Boom. Just avoid stowaway bears with a penchant for marmalade – it could slow you down.


25% off the Gatwick Express

Depart from London Victoria Coach Station (the hub connecting London with the rest of the UK via coach), and in just 30 minutes, you’ll be airside and nursing one final British pint in the Wetherspoons in no time.


25% off the Stansted Express

One for all the north and east Londoners. Trains depart from London Liverpool Street to Stanstead Airport via Tottenham Hale every 15 minutes.



On the road


10% off Withlocals experiences

See a city like a local, with over 1,000 activities, day trips and food experiences – all run by the natives who know it best.


30% off language courses with Busuu

With over 80 million users, Busuu is the world’s largest social network for learning a language. Learn online at home or on the road with the Busuu app.


20% off your first booking and 10% off your second booking with FlixBus

We’re so onboard with this ethos. Founded as a start-up to offer sustainable and affordable European bus travel, the FlixBus network now connects 1,700+ destinations.



Travel gear


10% off instore at Snow+Rock

This is where you’ll find the planet’s coolest brands including Roxy and Quicksilver (for the surfers), Norrona, Patagonia and The North Face (for the climbers) and Fjallraven (for general cool as hell explorer types).


10% off instore at Cotswold Outdoor

Go get some expert advice and every piece of traveller kit imaginable, from walking boots to water bottles.


10% off online at O’Neill

Shredders and surfers since 1952, O’Neill also invented the wetsuit, so your new surf ‘n’ turf capsule wardrobe is in legendary hands.



Fashion threads

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Because tie-dye everything, $2 elephant print pants and turtle anklets will only get you so far (across the whole of Asia to Australia ain’t bad though).


Jack Wills – 15% off instore

Flash your ISIC in any Jack Wills store for 15% off your holiday shop, from sunnies and passport holders, to their signature sweats.


Missguided – 10% off online

One for the adventuresses. Bold, straight talking and forward thinking, take your fierce look away with you, with 10% off online.


Forever 21 – 10% off online and instore

The peter pan of fashion, as travellers, we’re also up for being 21 forever. Get 10% off your new travel wardrobe online and instore. Hema – 10% off instore We love Hema’s fresh designs and summer vibes. Pick up everything from suitcases and stationary, to hammocks and hand lotion.



Training for THAT travel bod

We like you exactly as you are, but if you need to get fit before you fly, get in training with these offers…


10% off bikes instore at Cycle Surgery

That’s just how we ride.


10% off instore at RunnersNeed

Perfect gear for your running away wardrobe.ore.


10% off online at Acala

The plastic-free and zero-waste humans at Acala are giving ISIC-holders 10% off their range of eco-friendly health and beauty products.






Up to 10% off Apple products

How do you like these apples? Up to 10% off MacBooks and iPads! For the discount, just verify your card at


25% off Suido headphones and Marshall headphones, speakers and accessories

More rock ‘n’ roll than the Flinstones, get a whopping 25% off this classic and much-loved British brand. Get your promo code at


30% off Trace Me luggage trackers

Worried about the airline losing your bag? Trace Me’s permanent luggage tracker tag will help speed up its recovery and give you USD$500 bag loss guarantee.


20% off GoCase products

Your one stop shop for powerbanks, headphones, screen protectors and custom phone cases.


Up to 20% off WD Western Digital online with free shipping

Stay safe and sort everything you need to store, share and protect your digital life on your trip, with up 20% off.


To buy your ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card, just take your student, under 31 or teacher ID to any STA Travel store, or sort it all online here