There are plenty of people who have no trouble staying in their home city. However, there are also plenty of people who dream of seeing the world and exploring new places. If you are one of the latter, don’t let your circumstances stop you. Even if you’re a student, you can pursue your dreams and travel somewhere without having to drop out of college or even taking a gap year. All you need to do to achieve that is to find the right approach.
Here are 6 tips that could help you combine study with travel.
1. Choose a course that has a study abroad unit
Some courses have their own international exchange programs that actually require you to travel somewhere to study, such as these tourism internships. Of course, this does depend on the subject of the course a lot: the ones related to Geography, Travel Management, International Relations and, of course, languages, offer that opportunity.
Two tips to keep in mind here: always ask about the details to be 100% sure that the study abroad option is available and try to find out which country you will be going to. An adventurous traveler could enjoy any destination but if you have certain travel preferences just check to ensure that you won’t be disappointed.
It goes without saying that a study abroad unit shouldn’t be your only reason to enrol in the course. So if you missed an opportunity already, don’t get upset – there are plenty of other options still available to you.
Read more about tourism internships with Nomads & Base.
2. Take online courses
Many colleges and universities (especially the big ones) offer various online courses to help students get enough credits. Check to see if some of those courses are available to you.
Of course, such courses aren’t as flexible as the free online ones we’ve got used to, so you need to make sure that you’ll have a stable and fast internet connection whenever you travel, just like you will have time to study the materials and to complete the assignments.
3. Plan your time
If you’re lucky enough, even an ordinary course can be flexible and allow you to travel (probably not as much as you want, but still a lot). If that’s the case, be sure to plan your time effectively. Don’t go on the long trips when you have major assignments to finish or important exams to prepare for. Do ensure that you’ll have access to Wi-Fi and that your laptop won’t get lost or stolen during the trip (the simplest safety tips will help you with that).
Make the most out of your travel time as well: study during long flights or train rides, etc.
4. Travel around coursework or during the holidays
Did you know that in 2017 18% of US students planned on going on vacation during their spring break?
Next year you can be one of them too. Even when your college schedule is packed, you can still make the most out of holidays or long weekends (or even miss a couple of days before or after the weekend to prolong your travel). Of course, always be extra careful with it: if travel will affect your studies badly, maybe you should skip it after all.
Another good time to travel is around your coursework. Yes, this might sound surprising, if not insane, especially knowing that your coursework is one of the most stressful experiences for many students. However, it might actually be a good idea to work on it while seeing the world instead of stressing out about it in your campus room.
Sure enough, you need to be very disciplined to make this work and set your priorities right. But if you don’t have any troubles with organising your studies on campus, you should give it a try. Furthermore, the next tip could help you with the process a lot.
5. Set your study goals right
If you do plan on traveling and studying at the same time, you need to start with setting your study goals. Think about how much time you plan to study during your trip and how much free time you’ll have left. Be careful and realistic here. There aren’t many things that are as upsetting as arriving at your dream country and realising that you don’t have much time to explore it.
Therefore, plan carefully and plan based on your real study experience. Maybe this will require some research from you (like writing down the time you spend on studies daily) but this will ensure that you’ll have a good time during your trip and will remain productive as well.
6. Be a smart traveler
Being a smart traveler means knowing how to save time during travels: by pre-booking transport that will get you to the airport and from the airport, etc. This also means taking care of things important for studying, like the ones we’ve mentioned above (Wi-Fi, laptop protection) and many other important ones (like looking for nearby facilities with free internet connection where you can go if something goes wrong).
The most important thing here is to do thorough research to learn as much as you can about the city and the place you’ll be visiting. It might take some time but it definitely would save you a lot of time and nerves later.
As you see, it’s not impossible to combine study with travel. However, this might seem easier than it is. Keep in mind that this does require a lot of discipline and thorough planning. But if you follow these tips, you’ll be able to explore the world and to get some amazing new experiences while successfully working to get your degree at the same time. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Do you already travel the world or do you plan on doing so? If you are an experienced traveler, which tips would you offer to students? Please share your stories, thoughts, and advice in the comments below.
Author: Charles is a career mentor, content writer, motivational speaker & human resources consultant with over 10 years of experience in HR sector. Apart from career mentoring, he loves photography and football.