O.k, while im travelling im hoping to get access to all student discounts where possible, but i have heard that in some places the ISIC is not accepted. If i want student discounts what sort of student card will i need to carry. This is really confusing me!!
Any help/advice would be much appreciated!
I have never had problems while travelling around Europe and using that card, as most hostels and tourist attractions accept it as a vaild form of ID. From searching (somewhat breifly) online, I found a couple palces that don't accept the card, such as the Dublin Bus and Iarnród Eireann service in Ireland and the Porter Hieghts ski resort in New Zealand. Neither sites says why, but says the new ISIC cards will not be accepted.
I don't think you should have too many problems with the ISIC card, because the whole reason for getting it is so that you are recognized internationally as a student. According to the USIT Ireland website ( http://www.usitnow.ie/cards/isic.htm ) "The ISIC is the ONLY internationally recognised proof of full-time student status. The ISIC is your passport to all the brilliant facilities and unbeatable discounts available to students all over the world." Sure there may be a few places you run into that don't want to take it, but there are a lot of places that will, so I recommend getting it.
I also searched for other cards you can get, but I could not find any other than the International Youth Card, which is for anyone under 26, and I know from friends experience is not accepted as widely as the ISIC card.
Hope that helps a little
The reason the ISIC card is not accepted so readily in Ireland is that it is easily copied / forged. Another point is that the examples you used are public transport which have their own ID cards , they have been trying to promote them but with ISIC being so available they were finding it hard.......... most other places accept the ISIC so I'd still get it though !!!
I actually found a ski resort in New Zealand that doesn't accept it either....