Traveling While Studying Abroad

If you read my blog from time to time, you would know that I got an Erasmus Mundus scholarship which allowed me to study master degree in 2 countries in Europe for 2 year. The first year was in Italy and the second year was in Sweden.

Those 2 years were my perfect time to travel and see Europe. I did not fly back home during study. I got Schengen Visa, so I had to make it worth it; I tried to see Europe as much as I could.  I went to several cities in several countries in Europe.

Well, as a student you might say that it is difficult to do so because of

  • Money
  • Assignments and exams

My recommendation is to

  • Manage time. Don’t be lazy. Don’t waste your time with the internet. Try to finish your assignments. Some of my friends brought laptop with them and finished their assignments on the road. You can do so, but it is not my style.
  • During the semester, travel to outskirts of the city you are studying. You can plan to go to some places nearby the city you are living in during weekends. It would help save both time and money. From my experience, the places around Bolzano, the city I lived in Italy, are very beautiful. They are more beautiful than many touristy places in Italy.

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  • During long holidays, I chose to go to a city that I wanted to go and I could find a great deal such as cheap ticket flight. Then, I looked for the cities nearby that are also worth visiting (I always discover the hidden gems while doing research) and made an itinerary. I have never traveled to the big cities that are far from each other in the same trip such as flying from Rome to Paris, then to London because I know that I would waste my time while traveling from city to city.

If you are going to study abroad, one thing that I want to recommend you is to travel as often as you can. Do not just live in the city that you are studying, but try to see the cities or countries around as much as you can.

Have you ever studied abroad? Have you traveled a lot during that time? Share your experience with me in the comment!

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