Why travelling as a student is important?
Travel, no matter what your age or stage of life, is always an enriching and wholesome experience. Travel abroad exposes you to new cultures, languages, people and lifestyles. There are places in the world that you only read about in books or have seen in the movies. When you travel, you get to experience new tastes, smells, and sounds. Suddenly, your world becomes a roadmap of the places you have been and the ones you still have to see.
It’s like this and more when you travel as a student. You see things differently because you are a student. Students who travel tend to use it as a learning experience that shapes them as people, not so much as a break or vacation.Your experience as a student have a tremendous impact on what you become, how you make your career choices, and even the kinds of people you choose to surround yourself with when you graduate.
Below, our NTU Alumna Leanne Perry who travelled before explained the reasons why is it important to travel abroad while studying for your degree.
You will learn who you are
The idea of travelling, staying in an unfamiliar place, meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone can sound dLeaving your comfort zone, travelling to a foreign country, meeting new people, and living in an unfamiliar place can be daunting for anyone. In my personal life, I am an introvert. Social interactions make me a little anxious, so I prefer to be alone. However, I like to challenge myself and test my limits, so almost every time I travel, I choose to spend my time in social environments. By becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable, I was able to overcome certain fears.
You will gain confidence and meet new people
Moving to university means a time for many firsts, but travel brings its own additional challenges! Being on time for your flights, overcoming language barriers, and dealing with other obstacles are all great ways to truly test your self-reliance. Traveling to a foreign country for the first time can be intimidating, so don’t be afraid to start small or explore with friends. Whichever path you choose, you will gain confidence knowing that you can handle anything that comes your way.
Hostels are usually a smart choice when it comes to finding a place to stay. Depending on where you stay, hostels might provide you with budget-friendly accommodation and social events that allow you to meet people from all over the world. For those who do not like hostels, you can meet people via free walking tours (Google it!) or during excursions. If you’re traveling, you can meet new people in a number of ways, but sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone to meet new people. Flexible plans can also introduce you to new people, as they can lead to more adventurous activities.
Students save more money
As a student, you can get some fantastic perks. You can get your hand on a student (16-25) railcard which provides discount on train tickets in the UK.
When you travel abroad, you will see that many places across Europe offer discounts to students. Such as entry to museums, historic sites, events, and travel upon presentation of their student ID (NUS card with ISIC symbol). Don’t pass up that student discount
You have more TIME
You’ve graduated and have landed a full-time job, but the reality is now you have more responsibilities, and with responsibilities come limitations. Summer vacations don’t exist in most jobs. You can’t just get up and embark on a 6-week backpacking adventure. It sure makes you miss term time! Take full advantage of this break. The University is more than just education, it’s what you make of it!
It helps you get hired
When you take advantage of any travel opportunities you can find, you will appear to be a cultured, global citizen. Think about looking into programmes at your university, or travel opportunities designed and planned by your school. When you travel, blog about it so that future employers can see how it helped you develop your skills.
Traveling abroad allows you to adapt to a completely new environment.
Experiencing a new culture opens your eyes to new ways of looking at the world and people. You may even learn a new language while abroad. The ability to travel shows employers that you are adventurous and capable of adapting to vastly different and chaotic environments.
And if you want to understand the world, you need to know how people outside of your community think and live. This will get you those extra brownie points!