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How to travel whilst at uni

How to travel whilst at uni

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Young girl standing in front of lake on overseas travel. Image source:

by Angus Morrissey

You’re a university student who’s drained after constantly studying. You’ve got months of holidays but you don’t know how to spend them. Go travelling! I can imagine you’re saying to yourself – “How on earth can I afford to do that whilst I’m studying?” Here’s how:

Get a job

Obtain a casual or part-time job which complements your studies. Whether it’s at the local coffee shop or even at McDonald’s, jobs can be few and far between so try not to be fussy. Work consistently and be willing to pick up the odd extra shift (without going overboard) and your bank account will be piling up before you know it. Work hard and save even harder, if you want to travel you need to cut late night Macca’s runs.

Shop cheap

Avoid indulging in expensive goods and activities. When shopping, steer clear of high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren, Gucci and even Nike. You’re going to have to temporarily sacrifice your appearance if you want that trip. Instead, look for cheaper alternatives by purchasing your clothes online. Popular websites such as ASOS and Boohoo have clothing at very reasonable prices, they also offer discounts exclusively for students.

Eat cheap

Sidestep your cravings to eat out at fancy restaurants. A mouth-watering meal makes a night out with friends that much sweeter, but you don’t need to indulge in a 3-course meal. You can easily go to Woolworths or Coles to source the ingredients for the meal of your choice; and even have fun preparing the end product. As someone who eats out, I’ve unnecessarily spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on restaurant food. It’s needless, so save the money for your holiday instead.

Drink less

We all love the occasional schooner with our mates, but travel isn’t going to pay for itself. Alcohol is extremely expensive, and drinking in excessive amounts will clean out your wallet very quickly.  Lay off the drink now and you’ll save a lot of money.

Combine study and travel

If you’re up to the task and you want to travel overseas, head to CSU Global and check out what’s available. CSU has a number of exchange opportunities available for students in countries such as England, India and Samoa. If you’re interested in interning in South-East Asia, there are $3,000 worth of scholarships and grants on offer, as well as Vice Chancellor Travel Grants of $1,500 and $500, so there is plenty of funding available.

You’ve got no excuse now, follow my advice and you’ll be jetting off in no time!

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