With exam stress looming, my mind can't help but wander to what I'd rather be doing instead - travelling. I've got two trips booked after my exams - Rome and Berlin and I cannot wait to get away. That'll bring my total up to 12 countries. Not bad for a 20 year old on a budget right? Most of my trips are very similar: short European city breaks with friends. Which I totally enjoy. However, as I travel more, the more adventurous I start to feel and the more ambitious I get. There's so many different ways that you can travel and so many I'd like to try for myself.
When I finish my placement year next June I have 30 days to stay in the US before my visa effectively kicks me out. I've been thinking about what I want to do with those 30 days and an organised tour seems like my best bet. It takes the stress away from planning the trip and it also allows me to see a lot of different states in a short amount of time. I'll be working on the east coast so a tour of the west coast would allow me to see more of a different part of the country.
There's just something about a cruise that really appeals to me. It's the opportunity to visit many destinations in the one trip, without having to continually go through airports/stations. Cruise ships these days are almost works of art and there are so many things to keep you occupied whilst on board. I'd particularly like to do a cruise of the Scandinavian/Baltic states as the rich history of these countries really appeals to me. Cruises aren't the most budget friendly options but thankfully Planet Cruise have some great deals.
It feels like it's impossible to be at a university and not know 3000 people who have gone interrailing on their gap years. I feel a little jealous listening to all their stories as there are so many places I'd love to see and I'm itching to go. Interrailing seems like a great way to see a lot of Europe in a short time frame and on a tight budget so is perfect for student travelers like myself. I have a few months between my placement year and my masters year so this is probably the perfect time to get out and explore.
Long Term Travel
I've never traveled for more than two weeks. This is because I've been scheduling things around uni and work. I'd love to pack up and disappear off to Asia or Central America for a few months. I'm not sure how realistic this actually is, in terms of budget and other commitments but I think that long term travelling probably teaches you a lot, not only about the world but about yourself as well.
I've done a patch of solo travelling before but it's never been for a very long time or has been a brief interim before meeting other people. I actually booked a solo trip to Rome but didn't go as I was quite ill and made some mistakes with the transport. I really admire people who can do long term solo traveling or even just really short city breaks. This is something that I'd like to incorporate into my travelling more as I think it would be really beneficial and rewarding.
What's your favourite way to travel?
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