It’s hard to believe that I graduated from University a whole THREE YEARS ago. The time has gone so fast and it genuinely feels like it was just a few months ago I was (very nervously) walking up on that stage to get my certificate.
Although I had an incredible University experience, there are certain things I regret about my time spent there – it’s so easy to look back on something after years have passed and say “I really wish I’d done that instead”, isn’t it?
The one thing I regret the most, and the point of this post, is not travelling as much as I could have.
The thing is, when I was at University I spent a lot of money on new clothes, eating out, nights out and pretty much anything that wasn’t really essential. If I’d had known what I know now about how to book cheap breaks, I know I’d have been travelling so much more than I did. In fact, the only time I left the country throughout my whole three years at University was when I moved to California on a student program for four months.
There are so many reasons I wish I’d used my time at University to travel more, so I thought I’d share them with you in hopes to inspire anyone who is currently studying, or those applying to university this year, to travel as much as you possibly can.
Travel Isn’t Actually as Expensive as People Say
I always thought travelling was ridiculously expensive, but after years of trying to figure out how to see as many places as possible for the cheapest possible price, I have finally figured out that it’s not actually that bad. You can easily book a three-four day trip for less than £100 pp – cheaper than some of my nights out as a student (if you include new outfits, pre drinks, club entry, drink etc…).
If you’re smart about what you spend your money on and keep up a part time job, there’s no reason why you can’t go away countless times in one year. My main tip would be to book trips when your student loan comes in, that way the money has gone before you have a chance to spend it on something else.
Half Term, End of Term and the Summer Holidays are the Perfect Opportunity to Travel
Oh, how I miss having time off.
I can’t tell you what I’d give to have another summer off, especially now that I am in full-time work with very limited holiday days. If I’d have been smart with my money while at University my summers would have been spent interrailing across Europe or exploring more of America while I still had the chance!
You CAN Still Study While Travelling
Believe it or not, there is still plenty of time to study while travelling. You’ll get free time while at the airport and on your flight, so what’s stopping you from taking some notes and doing some revision?
I’d also go as far as to say that spending a few hours in a cafe in a different country doing revision is much better than sitting in a dingy student room, am I right?
You Will Meet SO Many New, Likeminded People
While at University you will meet people that want to travel just as much as you, and if you’re lucky they may inspire you to visit places you’d never even thought of before.
Travel is a great conversation starter and an incredible way to make new friends, maybe even ones you can visit in the future 😉
It’s Much Easier To Get Time Off When Working a Part-Time Job
When I was working in a bar alongside University all I needed to do was ask someone to cover my shift and I’d be able to have it off. Considering everyone wanted to earn more money, it wasn’t usually that hard to find cover.
Now, I only have a set amount of holiday and it makes it so hard to book a trip away from Friday – Sunday, as they are quite difficult to fit everything you want to do in.
There are So Many Opportunities to Travel With Your University
Most Universities will offer trips abroad as part of the course, especially if you’re studying something like History, Business or Travel and Tourism. This is a great chance to visit some new places AND consider it part of your studies – completely guilt free, right?
Universities also tend to have a study abroad option now too, an incredible way to see what it’s like to live on the other side. When you apply to places, much like the University of Hull, you can apply to do a course with a year abroad. You’ll still be studying and your credits are transferable – something I really wish I’d done even if it did mean I’d be graduating a year later.
Applying to University Through Clearing
If you’re one those lucky people that will be receiving their results soon, you may be faced with the decision of applying to University through the clearing process. It’s nothing to worry about, as many of the students I met at University applied through clearing and they couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Everything happens for a reason, right?
The University of Hull wants potential students to know that if they’re eligible, they are offering clearing spaces to students that may need it. Once you’ve received your results and decided on the course you want to study, all you need to do is pick up the phone and give them a call on 01482 297000. You’ll need your clearing number and results to hand, as well as a reason you want to study the course you’ve applied to.
And if you need a little bit of persuading to apply to the University of Hull (doubtful – it’s a stunning campus!), here’s their most recent TV ad:
Did you travel at University? What are your top tips?