Top Tips for travelling students: Part 1
Those of you who aren’t sure what to do during winter break, have a read and think about your options. Sure you could get an internship, tirelessly work and earn money or prepare for semester 2 but is that what you really want? Is that what you really need?
Stop denying it and take the risk. Jump on a plane and go somewhere. After trudging through a semester of uni, you deserve to put your feet up and what better place to do so than ANYWHERE in the world.
Two years ago I went to Europe for 6 weeks between semesters. I chose to go on my own, I have a selfish personality and I accepted, before I left, that I wanted to do what I wanted to do and I was going to become very difficult if someone got in my way.
Tip #1: Know yourself before you plan your trip. If you are confident and know that you can fill every minute of every day independently then consider taking that risk and going on your own. It is not a problem if you don’t fit this category, just choose your friends wisely and before locking anything in (especially airfares) think about who you are going to be sleeping on top of at the back of economy.
This tip is based around your itinerary, your accommodation, everything! If you know yourself, don’t change.
My whole trip was independent travel except for a 3 day tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Once again this is based on me knowing who I am and what I would enjoy. As spectacular as the Amalfi Coast was, I was restricted to a tour group. A group of Aussie guys and gals who were not so much on a tour of the Amalfi Coast. They were more on a tour that just happened to go along the Amalfi Coast and the mentality of what happens on tour stays on tour definitely came in to play.
Tip #2: Choose between a tour or just going your own way. I have nothing against tours but that is just not how I like to travel. They are great for meeting people especially if you have just popped overseas on your own but choose your tour wisely. You could be stuck with loved up, sex driven travellers from anywhere from a day to a month. Do your research and read feedback forums on everything and anything you choose to do.
Paris was the only place that I ran into any trouble.
Scene: Tolbiac Station, 9:00am, approximately 8-10 people on the station
Characters: Smooth Drunk (beautiful French accent) Happy Traveller (‘don’t like being disturbed and will yell at you in French’ accent)
Smooth Drunk: “Bonjour, is your name Juliet?”
Happy Traveller: “Pardon, mais no”
Smooth Drunk: “But you must be Juliet because I am your Romeo”
Happy Traveller: Innocently giggles and just shakes her head
Smooth Drunk: Off come the pants and Happy Traveller becomes a drunk and wall sandwich.
I kept my cool, got on the train and got off at the station closest to the Eiffel Tower. I knew there would be people and more importantly, people of every nationality.
Keep your eyes peeled on Degree for the next part of our Travel Guide!