Most people believe that students cannot learn and travel at the same time, unless they are on spring break. This is not necessarily true. Travelling and studying do not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, it is possible to integrate the two. This does not involve shady integration methods like going for holiday and telling my roommate to do my essay at a fee. It is a matter of balance and keeping one’s eyes on the goal.
Travelling in itself is an education of sorts. It teaches someone the different outlooks in life and different cultural backgrounds. It helps widen someone’s horizons and can help keep things under perspective or even see things from a different viewpoint. At times, one can learn directly from the travels. For instance, students of architecture can be able to see the marvels described in class live making their studies more memorable and for longer. As much as travelling during school breaks is workable, it is possible to be both a fulltime student and traveler. This can be done through online classes.
There has to be a smooth transition from ‘stationary’ life to living-off-a-backpack life. For this to happen, one needs a plan, a good flexible plan. The first thing one need to do is to get into an online program. There are numerous online graduate and undergraduate programs to choose from. After applying and successfully getting into one, one has to settle on their first travel destination. The next step is of course to pack light and buy a one-way ticket to the destination of choice. The tentative basic necessities are money, laptop and an unlocked cell phone. One can exchange their automobile and household goods for liquid cash.
The use of liquid cash is direct, methinks. The laptop will be necessary as it will be the new classroom while the unlocked smart phone will be used to house different SIM cards in different countries and for internet connectivity while on the move or away from a Wi-Fi hotspot. The next thing is to plan and stick to the plan. Assignments should be at the top of the list. They should always be done well before time. They should also be backed up to avoid loss and the associated stress. It is important to travel slowly. This means that one should choose a location and stay in it for some time. One can even rent a house and get a monthly part time job while still managing to sight see. It is also very important to keep in touch with family and friends. These are the people to turn to when it gets lonely or when one needs fiscal help. They are the ones who will help put things into perspective whenever one feels like losing it. Above all work hard, enjoy yourself and make meaningful connections. Who knows, some good job connections are made while travelling. Oh, and get travelling insurance.
The Pros and Cons
There are many advantages to being a travelling student. We will try to explore a few. Travelling at times can help save money. There are some locations where one will find it cheaper to live than in their home countries. Studying online is an all-round flexible experience. The student is able to choose when to do their classes and when to sight see. The connections made when travelling can be an added boon. These people can be future employers in need of a flexible individual capable of multitasking.
There are also many associated setbacks to the same. Travelling can be exhausting and emotionally draining, especially after lengthy absences from friends and relatives. Decent internet spots can also be hard to find in some places. This can frustrate the online study efforts. Health benefits in some countries are also pretty high. However, everything can be surmounted with sheer willpower. If your heart is set on conquering the literally world while travelling, by all means go for it. The world is your oyster. Sorry, classroom, I meant.