September 22, 2018

How to go on holiday as a student

It is widely accepted that you will never get the chance to do more with your spare time than when you are at university.

With three month long summers, month long Christmases and reading weeks in between, it was almost as if the higher education system was telling you to take a break from the textbooks and go and unwind in the sun. If only it weren’t for the expense…

However, if you are looking to make the most of your holidays from term time study in London, have a read of this guide on how to enjoy a getaway cheaply, whilst fitting it in around your degree.

Where to go?

First thing’s first: once you have decided that you want to go on holiday, you need to decide where. There are loads of websites out there offering help with this decision, but for one with students and their budgets in mind, you can’t go far wrong with Student Beans. Renowned for its limitless information on student offers and student life in general, relatively few people know that it also has a wide selection of the latest travel deals, which can provide valuable assistance when it comes to choosing where you want to go.

The best way of narrowing down your destination choice is by deciding on whether you are looking for a sun holiday, a continental city break, a ski getaway, or even something in the UK. Obviously the latter may be cheaper than other destinations, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t be as fun as going abroad.

Depending on who you are travelling with, the UK has some great options for breaks. For couples, a romantic break camping in the Lake District can be a great getaway; groups of friends often enjoy an active beach holiday in Cornwall, whilst the Isle of Wight Festival would be perfect for music lovers.

For savvy accounting degree programme students who are seriously looking to save, summer camp jobs in America can be a great choice. These placements will not only provide a holiday, but also an amazing life experience that will stay with you forever. This is a great way of going on holiday without it costing the earth, as you get paid for teaching kids the hobbies you love as a camp specialist, whether that’s tennis, mountain biking or kayaking.

If you can’t decide which specialism to choose, then the role of cabin counsellor may be the ideal fit; this would involve you accompanying the members of your designated bunk on all their activities.

There are plenty of companies that can help you find a camp and sort out your visa, from the well-known Camp America to Camp Leaders and Wild Packs.

If America isn’t quite what you’re after, however, Workaway presents some great working holiday ideas in countries across the globe.

If you are open-minded about where to go, why not wait until the last minute and see what great deals there are to be found on some very popular destinations, as you could save yourself hundreds of pounds? Spain, Turkey and Amsterdam are all common choices among students and can be cheaper than you might have thought when booking closer to the desired departure date. Which brings us neatly onto…

When to go?

Where to go
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As mentioned above, the later you book, the more likely you are to save or to come across some great deals on Student Beans, but there are a few other points to bear in mind when booking.

Sadly, although breaks in higher education are great and longer than what you may have been used to at school, they also tend to be during peak holiday times, when the price of flights and accommodation tends to go up; this is, of course, unless you are at one of the few institutions like GSM London which have several different intakes throughout the calendar year.

With summer and October half term generally the priciest times for going to most destinations, June and late September could be the best options for arranging a student holiday.

How to get there?

Finally, once you have the destination and the preferred departure date sorted, you will have to decide how to get there.

For UK breaks, while the allure of driving is often tempting (after all, it’s far more convenient and means you can make a great road trip playlist), give the cheaper option of public transport some consideration. There are often some great student deals to be had when it comes to buses and trains in the UK, from the 16-25 Railcard to the many other great offers constantly listed on Student Beans.

For travelling abroad, StudentUniverse is the great young persons’ travel site that has just come to the UK. Offering great deals on flights, as well as accommodation and a wide range of tours to choose from, this site presents a superb and eclectic choice of how to travel once you’ve reached your destination, from sailing around Australia to late deals on Indochina cycling tours.

Know of any other student holiday tips? Share them with others on the GSM London Facebook page.

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This content was written by Rachel Smith. Please feel free to visit my Google+ Profile to read more stories.

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