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Tips for Students Who Want To Travel

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Tips for Students Who Want To Travel

Whether it’s to be a semester abroad with your university, an international internship, voluntourism programme in developing countries, or independent travel, timing is the key. Travelling as a student presents its own challenges. Here are some tips for students planning to spend some time abroad.

Don’t Let Finances Hold You Back

Travelling, like so many good things, comes at a price. But studying abroad or taking a gap year may not be as expensive as you think. You may even be able to use your financial aid towards your trip if you make arrangements with your school to study as you go, or do independent research.

Take Control of Your Education

Leave your excuses at home. You have more control of your education and life experiences than you imagine. The power to decide how and where you learn is in your hands. The difference between people who dream about travelling and people who actually go is action.

Talk to someone who’s done it

Talk to someone who’s spent time abroad if you’re not sure what to expect, or just want some inside insight.  Most study abroad departments at universities are happy to put students in contact with past participants. Another option is getting in touch with friends or family members who’ve been to your destination, or took a similar trip.

Plan to Stay Longer

Before you go, a summer or semester travelling and studying may seem like an eternity. But chances are, after you’re settled into a routine and out exploring, time will fly by way faster than you’d like, and you’ll find yourself rethinking your return ticket.

“For gap year and exchange students—if you have an option, don’t go for six months, go for a full-year. I think a full-year studying, travelling, learning new languages is just going to open more doors for you,” says Justin Baker, a travel consultant

Make Friends with Locals

Especially when you’re travelling with a group, or to a popular tourist destination, it’s easiest to be friendly with other students. But mixing with the locals has many advantages when it comes to learning more about the place, its culture, and picking up language skills.

Take a Backup Device

It may sound ridiculous to some – travelling with extra devices, but it pays to be prepared. Even if your back up is just a cheap flip phone or tablet it may come in handy when you drop or lose your smartphone. Sure, you could scramble to buy something new, but do you really want to spend your trip money on a new phone? However, any devices you decide to take, be sure they’re all wifi-enabled and unlocked, so you can switch out SIM cards as necessary.

Talk to Your Bank

Talk to your bank before you go. Stepping off the plane for the first time in a new country is scary enough without the ATM eating your debit card. Make sure to talk to your bank before your departure and let them know where and when you’ll be travelling. This is also a good time to get details on international commissions and what to do if you lose your card on the road.

Get ID

Everyone knows you need your passport for international travel. But what about your student ID? In some countries, your home university’s ID won’t be considered ‘official’ and you’re better off with an ISIC student ID.

“Get an International Student Identification Card! I used it to prove that I was a full time student, and it was useful to get discounted rates on things like museum passes, hostel stays, train tickets, and so much more. When in doubt – always ask if there is a student discount!” says Rachel Kocak, a traveller.

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