Top Tips for travelling students: Part 2
A continuation from last week’s fantastic article by our very own new travel writer, Hannah
Tip #3: Don’t let anything ruin your trip. What happened to me is not my memory of Paris, it is merely something that happened to me in Paris therefore it doesn’t shape my glowing opinion of that city. What happened to me in Paris could have happened to me in Sydney or in the street that I live in. Anything can happen anywhere in the world whilst there are people who get kicks of doing it. This is a harsh reality but an encouragement to not let these people scare you into not living and seeing everything
Subtip: Don’t call your boyfriend from Paris when something goes wrong and not take the time difference into consideration. No matter what souvenir you get him, that 3am wake-up call will be what he remembers from your time in Paris.
I understand French and Italian fluently and I can speak enough French to be able to survive. This does not make order dinner or getting anywhere overseas any easier. It still took me 2 hours and a lovely French couple to get the attention of the waiter one night on the Champs Elysees.
Tip #4: Remain tolerant and accept that you have all the time in the world. Never go to another country not knowing the basic conversational starters. There is nothing more polite than being able to say ‘Thank You’ and trust me, this is a global appreciation. Basic manners are internationally recognised and your ignorance will not serve you well
The French come across as arrogant and rude but if you acknowledge their culture, give the language a go, royally butcher it, they will soon get sick of your attempts and give in.
The Italians will love you no matter what and girls you do not have to fear Italian males. They will look after you and protect you. They will treat you the way you appear you want to be treated. I found it was very much based on respect. If you respect yourself as well as them then it will all work out well.
I saw everything, did everything and faced everything
Tip #5: Do everything and regret nothing. Travel is an investment. You are not only investing your money in your trip but you are investing you time which is in my opinion the most important investment you can make.
I disagree with the saying ‘live everyday as if its your last’, I feel its too negative. I live, especially when I travel driven by the saying ‘live everyday’. Don’t sit back and regret. Why regret when you can’t change what has happened.
Make sure you live so you never have to regret or think ‘I missed out’ or ‘what if’.
So go and do your assignments, study hard then go, get out of here, see something different and live.