Travelling As a Student
Travelling enables us to break free from the monotonous routine in our daily lives, as well as explore a whole new world which our forefathers have little opportunity in doing so. The current globalisation as well as rapid advancement in transport has made travelling more convenient and cheap.
With that being said, travelling is definitely on everyone’s mind and will do so at some point in life. However, most people neglect the best possible point in life to travel: when you are young. In my opinion, the best time to travel is the time before you jump into the corporate world. As an undergraduate student, I have a 3 months summer break which gives me ample period of time to travel as well as find a part time job to finance the trip. Arguably, most people preferred getting an internship, but I believe that the pros of travelling outweighs an internship.
Travelling as a young adult would mean that we are more energetic, enabling us to cover more of a destination we are travelling. Also, we are more adaptable in adjusting to the surroundings. The only reason I can think of that is stopping young people from travelling is money and security. Henceforth, I’m writing this article to highlight the problems that young people face.
Being cost efficient
Most people nowadays are tech savvy, so instead of getting someone to get the best discounts for you i.e travelling agency, you should do the researching yourself. You would be surprised that there are much cheaper deals out there then getting a tour package from an agency. Most hostels and hotels around the world, like Carmel hotels, for instance, may offer discounts for early birds so as to maximize their vacancy rates, hence booking early is the way to go to save money.
The emergence of budget carriers have also help travellers save a ton of money. I went to Seoul last year and paid $1000 for an economy class round trip ticket in Korean Air. This year, my round trip ticket to Korea only cost me $350 by Scoot. The enormous difference in price paid is due to booking early, as well as travelling on a budget carrier.
Venturing into the Unknown
The most advantageous benefit that young travellers get is their ability to adapt to the surroundings easily, so do not be afraid to travel to a country you never been to before. In the global diaspora that we are living in now, most natives citizen are receptive to tourists. Do not be afraid of asking for directions even if you don’t speak their native language.
Being adaptable also means being able to live in cheap places. There is an increasing number of hostels and guesthouses catering to tourists being built. Of course, these places are unable to compete with hotels in terms of comfort. Nonetheless, when we travel overseas, we would be out venturing places in the day, so sacrificing comfort to save money is pretty well worth it. It is important to note not to go full YOLO just because you are ball-sy and want to save money. You should always read up on places you are going to stay or venturing to as you do not want to live in a hostel that is cockroach infested.
Research on getting a prepaid sim card overseas, it would help you stay contactable. In addition, it keeps you connected to the internet. The power of the internet such as GPS tools, enable you to roam a foreign country without the fear of getting lost. Also, it’s important to get travel insurance, to ensure you have something to fall back on in case of any mishap.
Making full use of your trip
Travelling to me is exploring another country citizen’s way of living. Having a 4D3N holiday will never be enough for you to fully explore the way of life in a foreign country. The benefit of travelling as a young adult is the abundance of time – do not be afraid to take a month of holiday!
Travelling for a long period helps to lessen the damage of the air ticket to your finances too! Moreover, the ample period of time enables spontaneity. You do things based on your mood instead of accomplishing a mission to complete the ‘itinerary’. After all, holiday is about relaxing and recuperating your energy. Imagine not having plans the night before you start your day, and just deciding to travel to the countryside in the morning, it adds a whole lot of purpose(being unrestraint) and the feeling of ‘living like a native’.
I’m feeling a whole lot of nostalgia while writing this article, having went to South Korea with my friends on a one month trip and making many awesome friends there. Towards the end of the trip, I actually felt more like a native there although I couldn’t read or speak Korean! I hope to persuade you readers, especially the younger generation reading this article, to travel early before it’s too late! Once you start working, the heavy responsibility on your back means lesser opportunity to travel.
Article Contributed by: Marcus Quah