Do you envy those people who seem to have the perfect life on Instagram, travelling from one amazing place to another? Here I share some of my ways to travel as a full-time student.
Date: 19 March 2019
Ever wished that your life involved being paid to travel the world, experience different places and cultures, meet locals and create memories for life?
But in reality your life may be quite different: hours spent in the library and sleeping less than you would like… coffee becomes your favorite meal and you just wish that you could have a little extra time to work on that assignment for Monday. In this blog post, I’ll share some of my ways to travel as much as you can as a full-time student.
1. It’s all about priorities
If you want to travel, you will travel. Make it a priority. Work harder during the week so you can travel during the weekends. Go to sleep later and wake up earlier if you have to. Hunt those cheap flights. Look into your university schedule and check for any free days and holidays. Planning is key!
2. Learn to work remotely
Work from airports, read on trains and coffee shops. Sometimes all you need is a laptop and a good Wi-Fi connection.
3. You don’t need much time to travel
You don’t need to fly to an island or a different continent to have a great experience. Sometimes even just a day trip can make a big difference. There are loads of amazing places close to London that you can visit in just one day such as [would be good to have some examples here!] Sometimes you just need to disconnect, recharge or get inspiration, but you don’t have a whole weekend to do so.
4. It doesn’t need to be expensive
You can reach destinations like Paris and Brussels in a short time on a train instead of flying for a much cheaper price. Cheaper still is to travel by bus.
One great thing in Europe is Erasmus. They create different projects and experiences with different themes. All you have to do is join Facebook groups, search opportunities online or find organisations who work with Erasmus, fill out a form and write a motivational letter explaining why you want to join the project and about your background and apply. It usually depends on your nationality as well in order to apply to these kind of projects, so make sure to check if you are eligible before you apply. Erasmus programmes might be affected by Brexit – so check the government’s website for the latest updates.
6. Live in a different country/city during your studies
Join a volunteering programme that allows you to live in a different country for a couple of months. If you have the opportunity, study abroad. Look out for grants, scholarships, events or conferences that take place elsewhere.
In other words, travel – as much as you can, for as long as you can. Get inspired. Broaden your horizons. Learn about the world you live in. Explore cultures and traditions. Take photographs. Watch sunsets. See the world from an airplane’s window.