No one said being a college student was easy, there is a lot of pressure of trying to manage all the little time you have. There are so many things that you need to do, that at times it feels like you barely have a chance. So many young individuals have a dream of traveling, and now is a better time than any to do so because you’re not yet held down by the responsibilities of adulthood like having a family, or a full-time job. Having said that though, where do you begin to make time around your busy schedule to go off traveling? And even if you can – how are you ever going to be able to afford it? Unless you’ve been offered a scholarship, you are the one that has to pay your way, and that gets awfully expensive, hence why so many students end up drowning in debt because they simply don’t have enough so they borrow, and then get into a vicious cycle that only gets worse over time.
Traveling is a beautiful thing that we can do in our lives, as it shows us so much more to the world. You may only be used to the city that you live in, so can you imagine what it would be like to travel around the whole country, or even the world? You can experience different cultures and lives that you may have never even thought about before. So many things change the further you go, from the kind of HDB flats they have in Singapore, to the chateaus they reside in, in the South of France. The food is different, the people are different, the music is different, and the scenery is different. There is so much to see, and you’ve barely even started chapter one in your book of adventures, so here’s how to write the best novel you possibly can.
Hang out with the international students
If you know of any international students in your college, then what better way to learn about different cultures than conversing with them and asking questions? You get the chance to learn a whole new world through their eyes, and they give you honest experiences that may be amazing, but may also be rather bad. This is always good to know so that you don’t just get the sugar coated version all the time, as that can be very misleading. And think about it this way – if you really hit it off and become good friends, then you may have that free place to stay when you decide to travel. Find out where all the international students hang around and then introduce yourself, this could be the start of an exciting adventure, and you get some lovely friends out of it that may end up playing a large part in your life.
Who said you had to study in your hometown? As long as you can find what interests you, there is no reason that you can’t study abroad. It will be exciting and give you some rather amazing stories to tell when you decide to head home (if you ever do!) The idea of being able to live somewhere and do what the locals do is a fascinating thing that will most definitely change your life. Another great thing about this is that money doesn’t have to be a huge issue. There are many different countries within Europe that don’t require you to pay for your education so essentially you can just study for free. It all depends on where you go, and what kind of access you have to money. If you can afford it, then by all means, take the journey wherever you want to, but if you’re tight on budget, then look more closely at locations so you can cater to your circumstances. Not only will you be breaking away from the norm, but you can not only have the chance to travel, but you may open some exciting new doors to never thought of opportunities. Just make sure you get all the right qualifications you need while you’re away.
Do a semester abroad
If the idea of studying abroad sounds a little bit too overwhelming for you, then why not consider just taking a semester overseas instead? This gives you the same experience without having to worry about organizing and coping with new environments. Believe it or not, a lot of colleges actually give you the opportunity to study abroad depending on the course you take. So make sure that you do everything that is necessary in order to have that opportunity offered to you, as they don’t allow it for just anyone. You will need to show everyone that you are worthy by putting in all the hard work first to prove you’re serious. If the college you are at doesn’t give you the chance to study abroad, then you may want to consider moving to one that does if it’s that important to you.
Use your summer holiday strategically
Think about how long you get for your holiday. Depending on where you are will determine how much time you have off, but most colleges give you around twelve months off in the summer. This means even if you don’t have a lot of money saved up yet, you can spend six weeks saving, while still having another six weeks left to travel. You can choose any location you wish as long as you’re able to get yourself there and back, as well as having enough spending money too. With countries like South East Asia, you can get by on a mere few hundred dollars for a six-week stay. Or you could even volunteer on projects in foreign countries to not only experience the life and culture, but help out the people that need it most too. You will have to pay for your travel expenses, but then you will be taken care of while you’re there, like your accommodation and food. Any little money you do have can then be used on souvenirs to take back home.