When you’re young, you mostly have fun and adventure in your mind. And what better way to get both and so much more than to travel the world? However, when you’re young, you also need to dedicate your time to your education, which is something that will not only shape your mind, but also ensure you get a good job and have a financially stable life.
So how can you keep up with your student work and still travel and have all the fun you can? Here are some great tips to follow for student travelers:
Find the right destination
There are some destinations that are more suitable for students than others. For instance, some destinations are too vast and require a lot of travel between sites, which can be too hard on your study schedule. A perfect destination for students is one with plenty of urban activities you can do on foot and save money and time on travel.
Also, city destinations usually have cheap accommodations for students as well as co-working spaces. Co-working spaces are perfect for longer stays in one place, because they give you a pleasant, peaceful and practical place to study, read and write. Also, do some Googling and make sure your destination has affordable and reliable wi-fi because you’re going to need it a lot.
Keep track of your deadlines
The best thing you can do for your trip is to finish all the assignments before you leave for your adventure so you can relax and enjoy the trip to the fullest. However, if you can’t do that, make a list of all the things you need to do, together with the deadline dates.
You can fill your calendar with important dates for assignments and tests and add little notes on special things you need to remember. It’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re traveling, so having some sort of a tracker is the perfect thing that can keep you accountable.
Use online resources
Today, we have access to many new resources for learning thanks to the internet. Basically, no matter where you go in the world, if you have access to the internet, you can download great books, scripts and notes to learn from and keep up with your curriculum. There are special websites that hold thousands of study materials for students to access whenever they want.
For instance, all you need to do is search for Lancaster University resources, and you’ll get study notes and past assignments all sorted according to subject and year. You can either buy notes or swap your own, and study no matter where you are. This way, you can travel and still feel like you’re in your university library!
Set the right pace
Traveling should be about relaxation and fun, but it’s crucial to keep up with your schoolwork. How can you strike the right balance, though? Well, set the right pace with 5-10 hours of study time each week, and save the rest for adventure.
If you try to go over this number, you risk getting too exhausted to enjoy your travels and too tired to learn. Or you can do more work during the weekdays and leave weekends free, just like at home, so you can relax and unwind.
Find a tutor
Because you’re on the road, you’re naturally unable to attend lectures and hear what the teacher has to say each lesson. But if you have internet access, you can ask one of your colleagues to give you a daily report on the school stuff. Hop on Skype and have a little chat about each school day, focusing on new materials.
This is a great opportunity for the tutor to go over the materials and an even better opportunity for you to get fresh information firsthand. Of course, don’t forget to repay them for their effort and good will to help a fellow student. Maybe even consider taking them for a short adventure once the school year is over so they can see how you like to live your life.
Use downtime smartly
If you don’t like to waste your precious travel time on studying and doing homework, here’s a great tip. We all know that traveling includes a lot of empty space you spend in cars, buses and planes as you destination hop or commute from your accommodation to the city center or important site.
While it’s so nice to enjoy the views or catch up with your sleep, use that downtime to do some work. Make sure your laptop and tablet are charged so you can access your materials, collaborate with your colleagues over Zoom or do some homework.
Over to you
Many people still wonder whether it’s possible to be a traveler and still keep up with your education, and the answer is obviously yes. With some good planning, discipline and helpful tech, you can enjoy the world while kicking some uni behind!