I have been a student for almost three years now. In 2018 I travelled to five different continents. People always ask me “How do you do that?” I don’t really understand the question, because it’s actually not that hard. These are the main aspects you have to consider:
Time & Study
All students have to study – some more than others – but time management is the key to everything. A few years ago I would have said “I can’t go there, I have an exam soon” but I realised that this doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Studying doesn’t necessarily mean sitting at home in your room. You can study wherever you are – in the train, at the airport, in the plane. Even in your travel destination before going to bed or after getting up. Of course you should manage your workload in a way that you don’t have to study a whole day of your travels, just start earlier and it will be fine. Whenever I’m stressed about the things I have to do for university I just buy an energy drink and I work until late at night. Knowing that I just do it to be able to travel motivates me.
Attendance of classes
The compulsory attendance of classes differs from university to university but in my case it’s 80% in each course. By calculating how many classes you can miss you can allow yourself to take some days off. Just don’t waste your few days off by not doing anything. In my first year sometimes I didn’t go to uni just because I was too lazy to go. Now I don’t do that anymore. I save all of my days off for travelling and try to use as few as possible for each travel.
Lack of money should never be the reason that keeps you from travelling. You just have to plan everything on a low budget and it won’t cost much more than a weekend of partying at home. Means of transportation to travel within Europe are extremely cheap. In times of Flixbus, Ryanair, Easyjet, etc. a ticket to another country is sometimes less costly than a two hour train ride within your home country. It depends on your personal priorities and what you want to spend your money on.
Choose the right Study Program
This one definitely made it easy for me to travel. If travel is a priority to you, you have a choice of universities and study programs that facilitate travelling. In my university for example you can do an exchange semester at one of the 120 partner universities worldwide. In addition to that you have to do an internship abroad for one semester. There are many universities that offer their students to go abroad without having to study a semester longer. Just inform yourself about all the options.
In the end it’s all about your priorities and in what you want to invest your time and money. I understand that not everyone wants to spend their few days off hurrying to the airport and sitting in the plane for hours just to travel somewhere. Some maybe prefer staying at home watching Netflix because travelling would be too much of a hassle. But if you are like me, if you want to use every opportunity to leave your apartment and go out to discover the world, then somehow you will always manage to do so.