5 tips on how to combine travel with studying

Have you been postponing your travel plans and dreams until after you finish university and get a proper job? I know I have been dreaming of travelling since longer than I can remember. I didn’t want to take a gap year though and still felt like travelling is something that I’ll be able to do in not-so-near future. Moving to another country for university has changed my perspective on travel. You can combine studying full time and travelling, it just takes some planning, budgeting and thought. Here are some of my tips on how you can travel more while at university!

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On the balcony of Valencia City Hall

1 . Study abroad

You didn’t expect that one from me, did you? Well, this is plain simple. If you move abroad for university you’re already travelling! You will not be on vacation, but it will be an adventure and a pretty special one. I’ve talked about the reasons to move abroad in your twenties here, because it’s the best decision I have ever made. When you’re abroad, anytime you step outside your flat you’re discovering a new place. And you have the opportunity and the time to create actual, meaningful friendships during your stay. You wouldn’t be able to do that if you were only visiting the place for two days.

Check out 10 reasons to study abroad

If you happen to study in Europe, it’s an amazing opportunity for you to visit many different places on a budget. Why is Europe so amazing? Here’s a handful of reasons:

  • Plenty of places to study for free or with cheap tuition- here’s my blog post on the cost of studying in EU countries
  • plenty of low-cost airlines that will take you from one country to another for as little as 10 or 20 euros!
  • Variety of cultures- Europe condenses a lot of different cultures and traditions within relatively small area and once you’re in one European country you can travel within EU without any restrictions;
  • A lot of good food and drink- you can easily experience authentic local cuisine on your travels and who doesn’t like a real italian pizza and spanish tapas?

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Enjoying the summer on my Erasmus

2 . Take advantage of student exchanges

You can study abroad AND go on a student exchange (hi there!). But if for some reason you’re unable to study abroad for a full degree, student exchange is the answer. Do your research and take advantage of the opportunities on offer. There are countless ways of going abroad during your degree or even still in high school – Erasmus, United World Colleges, or any other organization you find.

It will not only let you travel, but it will be an amazing point on your CV for the future employers. I have listed the 30 benefits of Erasmus here if you don’t believe it!

3 . Get a summer (or not so summer) internship

Another option of doing some low-cost travelling during your university time is doing an internship abroad during the summer. You will likely work with other people from different countries and have the opportunity to practice your language skills, make international friendships and gain work experience. And of course- do all the travelling during the weekends!

Here’s a list of some awesome sites to help you find an internship:

You should also just look on job listing pages in the particular country.

Internships are also available through Erasmus so if you are eligible for the programme, consider that option.

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Rooftops of Lisbon– one of many destinations on my trips during my study abroad

4 . Do some voluntary work

There’s a number of ways you can travel. One of them is to spend your summer working somewhere abroad and getting paid with accommodation and food. I think it’s also a great idea for cheap travel if you do want to take a gap year. Check out pages such as Workaway and Worldpackers or programs like Work&Travel to look for opportunities. If you don’t go far and take advantage of cheap airlines, it is one of the cheapest way to see a new part of the world!

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Islas Cies off the coast of Galicia in Spain

5 . Get a part-time job to save money for vacation and make it a flexible one

In order to save more money for your travels get a part time job! Getting a job will not only allow you to have money for your trips, but it will boost your resume for the future. I spoke about it here. Even if you do a typical part-time student job waiting tables, it’s beneficial for your future. Secondly, these kinds of job tend to give you flexibility- you can try to arrange your shifts so that you have a free couple of days from time to time to travel.

Also, check out the internet for freelancing or work-from-home jobs. There are more and more opportunities like this and if you have a skill you can offer to other people, it’s a great idea! Teaching, translating, programming, web design- there are so many things in which you can work flexibly and be location independent.

Do you travel a lot? How do you manage to combine it with your degree? Let me know in the comments!

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