Travelling while you are a student

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Looking out the window of my office on this dreary January day is kind of depressing, so I’m actually kind of glad to be indoors. My sister, however, has just moved to Sydney (albeit temporarily) and I must admit to being a bit jealous – a trait I rarely exhibit!

The sun, sea and sand of countries seemingly out of our reach have a certain allure, which makes it unsurprising that so many of us love to go off and explore in this day and age. I’m a self-described ‘Americanglo’, a term I coined to mean that whilst I’m Anglo by birth, my heart is pretty much firmly fixed in America. Yes, that means that whenever I have even the slightest inclination in my head (and more than just a little bit of money!), I’m jetting off on a plane to the USA.

Young people seem to have a love/hate relationship with America. I understand that it’s not everyone’s first choice, but I think it’s a brilliant country with loads of fun to be had. For me, the appeal lies in the fact that each and every state is different, with a slightly different culture. I love the big cities, the coastal towns, and even the random places in the middle of nowhere that people don’t think to venture. Seriously, these places get you so much attention – many people in some of the southern and Midwestern states have literally never met an English person before, and the experience of watching their fascinated faces whilst they talk to you is priceless. If money’s tight, luckily America’s strict visa laws on working out there are a bit more lax whilst you’re studying. You can pick up a summer job, or even do Camp Leaders, like I did.

Some of the most popular places to travel seem to be bright, sunny and picturesque locations, such as Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Despite being halfway across the world, they offer an entirely different experience, as culturally enriching as they are beautiful. You can even find jobs in some of these places, but be sure to check out the correct visa requirements before you go!

No matter where you go, if you travel, you’ll have a wealth of new cultural knowledge that will look great to employers (okay, perhaps not Magaluf or Saloufest…), and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way, too. You can even blog about the whole thing, which is a great way to meet new friends and document your trip. I can often be found doing the exact same thing over on mine!

Students undeniably get a lot of time off over the summer, and despite very few having full-time wages to splash cash on extravagant destinations, student loans and part time jobs help see thousands of them flocking off to pastures new, each and every year. You’re unlikely to have this much time off in a row ever again, so if you can possibly get saving, I’d recommend getting out there and seeing what the world has to offer.

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Birmingham, student accommodation in Manchester, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 23rd January 2015 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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