In today’s episode, Karen Schwarz from talks about how to plan a college tour with a teenager, and we find some deals for saving some money along the way.

All Over the Map Travel Talk

Paige Conner Totaro of All Over the Map and Veronique Autphenne of Pax Travel Design talk travel in this semi-regular, ever-entertaining podcast. We ask for suggestions from listeners to determine our topics. This time around, we had several people ask us about planning college tours with their high school students, and we knew exactly whom we should ask.

How to Plan a College Tour

Karen Schwarz coaches kids on how to prepare an effective college admittance essay via her consulting business,, and she has seen her own children successfully apply to competitive schools, so we asked her for her thoughts on planning a college tour.

  • When should you start visiting colleges with your teen?
  • What do you do if your teenager isn’t interested in touring colleges?
  • What time of year is best to visit colleges?
  • Where should you stay when visiting colleges?
  • Should you eat in the school cafeteria?
  • What are some things you should be sure to see on a college tour?

Karen answers all these questions and more, and tells you why you need to get an early start in the morning.

Plus, Karen has some suggestions on how to save money when you’re touring colleges, and Paige shares an Amtrak deal for families on college tours.

Here’s a Deal for You

It’s always worth asking a hotel if they have discounts or packages for students visiting a local college. If your student is interested in the U.S. Naval Academy, the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is currently offering packages that include tours of the campus and meals in the Officer’s Club.

All Over the Map Travel Talk Podcast: How to plan a college tour

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As always, we wish you happy travels!