How To Travel On a Budget?

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Studying Abroad can be expensive and travelling is such a big part of the experience, so here are 5 tips that have helped me save a little bit of money.

  1. Avoid peak travel timesPlan around off-peak travel times. You can find good prices on accommodation and activities. In addition, there will be less tourists and you can enjoy other types of activities and landscapes.
  2.  Take the bus instead of taking a train or flightTaking the bus may take three times the amount of time to get to your destination, but it can also be three times less expensive. If you’re travelling in Europe, GoEuro is a great website that will compare all 3 ways of travelling.
  3. Stay in hostels instead of hotels and AirbnbsHostels are especially great when you travel in groups as you can all share a room for a low price. Hostelworld is is a great website to use because you can find and book directly the cheapest and best rated accommodation in the country you wish to travel to.
  4. Cook Meals instead of always eating outMost hostels have kitchens accessible for you to use. Try cooking dinner with some of your friends. Go grocery shopping and you can all split the cost! Chances are it will be a lot cheaper than eating out!
  5. Enjoy the free walking toursWalking tours of one of the best ways to explore a new city. Often they’re free and led by experienced locals.

What are some tips you’ve found helpful? Share in the comments!

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It’s OK To Be Homesick Whilst Studying Abroad

47422270_355242815241221_6269375439987277824_n.jpgBeing away for a whole semester is a long time to be away from home, especially when you’re young and in a foreign city. Even if you love where you are studying, it’s natural to be ready to leave after being so far away for so long. Homesickness can hit you at any time and that’s okay.

Here are things that have helped me overcome homesickness:

  • Make Your New Home a Home

My bedroom at home has lots of pictures of me and my friends and family and has lots of fairy lights, so naturally, I brought lots of photos of my family and friends with me and lots fairy light.

Spend a little time making your home a place you’re excited to come back to every day, make friends with your neighbours, and do everything you can to make this new, somewhat scary place, feel like your second home. You can also find a nearby space that provides that sense of comfort and familiarity like a library, café,  park, or anywhere else that makes you feel more at home.

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  • Document Your Positive Moments

Keep a small travel journal with you where you can write down every little positive thing you’ve experienced. You can also add things like stickers, photos, and train tickets. Make it like a small scrapbook you can look back on to remind yourself of the good times you’ve had while being there.

Keeping a record of things that make you smile will provide you with proof that there are positive aspects to your experience with studying abroad. The next time you feel like everything is terrible and going wrong, all you have to do is look at your journal or even your camera to remind yourself that plenty of great things have happened so far.image-from-rawpixel-id-456477-jpeg.jpg

  • Don’t spend too much time in your room.

Isolating yourself will make your feelings more intense, as you’ll spend even more time thinking about what you miss from home.

Start by doing small things like going for a walk and taking pictures. Take your mind off of being homesick by finding beauty in things in your new surroundings.

Get to know the people in your modules, halls, clubs, and societies. You’ll be surprised at how many people have interesting stories to tell and some of those people might become your really good friends.


What are things that have helped you overcome homesickness?
Let me know in the comments below!


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The 10 Biggest Travel Mistakes To Not Make by Monica Church

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As someone who has only travelled once before, I did a lot of research and tried to find as many tips as possible. One of my favourite youtubers is Monica Church. She happens to travel a lot and frequently makes travelling vlogs as well as tips and hack videos.

Here is a video that I enjoyed watching before travelling abroad.

 

What are the things you’ve learned from travelling?

What to Pack?

47581037_367670337317763_5106436366544142336_n.jpgI’m not going to lie, one of the hardest parts was to fit everything into one (1!!!) suitcase. Trying to pack is always hard, but I think making lists always makes things easier, so I thought I’d share the list of things I brought with me.

Before packing, it is important to know what the weather will be like in the city you will be living in. For example, I’m studying abroad in the UK where it starts getting cold in the fall so I only packed fall/winter stuff.

Here is a look at what my packing list looked like.

The Basics

  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Shoes (fall boots and walking shoes)
  • Warm jacket
  • Scarf

I decided to bring enough clothes to last me around 2 weeks without doing laundry. Doing laundry on campus can get really expensive so bringing a lot of sock and underwear is important.

Electronics

  • Cell phone & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Camera & charger
  • Portable charger

Don’t forget outlet adapters depending on what countries you are traveling to!!

Other

  • Small backpack
  • Umbrella
  • Hair straightener
  • Curling iron
  • Makeup
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties

I decided to buy the rest of my toiletries (shampoo, soap, face wash, etc.) here as to make more room in my suitcase.

I also thought it was important to bring all essential medicines as I’m not familiar with the brands over here, so I brought things like ibuprofen, anti-nausea capsules, and cold & flu medicine.

Important stuff!!

  • Passport/ Visa
  • Personal ID/Student ID card
  • Acceptance letter
  • All Studying Abroad documents
  • Travel insurance information
  • Emergency contacts information and important addresses

Making copies of all these documents is important in case anything happens to the originals. (they can be paper copies or even pictures on your phone)


These are the things I thought were essential to bring with me. What items do you find are essential while traveling? Let me know in the comments!


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Deciding Where To Study Abroad

47578003_224291891819107_8471722304441679872_n.jpgDeciding where to study abroad is probably the first step in making things move along with doing an exchange. There are so many amazing universities all around the world. How are you supposed to narrow down your choices?

Start by asking yourself these following questions:

  • Would you prefer to studying in a rural or urban setting?
  • Is it important that you be centrally located to spend time on weekends traveling to nearby cities?
  • Do you want to be in an English-speaking area or somewhere you need to speak a foreign language?

Then make a top 3 list of universities and make a list of pros and cons for each of them.

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For me, it was easy. I’ve always wanted to go to the UK and my university has a list of universities they are affiliated with and the only uni in the UK was Leeds Trinity University, therefore LTU was my top and only choice. I still, however, asked myself those questions and did my research on the university and the city of Leeds as to make sure that it matched with the standards I wanted.


Where would you like to study abroad? Let me know in the comments!


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All About Studying Abroad

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Have you just signed up to Study Abroad?

Are you deciding if Studying Abroad is worth it?

Studying Abroad can be an intimidating and scary thing at first, but you will soon find out that it might have been one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

This channel will help you by sharing all the information you will need to settle in. Don’t know what to pack? What happens if you get homesick? Can you travel while studying abroad? This channel will give you all of those answers by sharing real-life experiences with you.


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