4 tips for planning an epic student travel adventure
- May 11, 2016
- Posted in : Aberdeen, Business Storage, Cardiff, Collecting, Decluttering, Edinburgh, General Storage, Glasgow, Manchester, Moving House, St Andrews, Storage Tips, Student Storage
Travelling the world is on the bucket list of many, but for students this is a very real possibility during the summer or before entering the world of full-time employment.
However, if you’re a student, travelling can be a daunting thought. Where do you start with planning? Where do you go? And how can you make the most of this exciting adventure?
Storage expert Mike Duthie of Flexistore Aberdeen has teamed up with STA Travel to bring you the top 4 tips for planning your perfect escape, allowing you to explore the world in the best possible way.
Pick the ultimate destination:
This is potentially the biggest and most important decision to make. The first thing to think about is what interests you – are you a beach person, party person, love the outdoors, or prefer a luxurious lifestyle? This will definitely influence your decision.
Emma Berry, travel expert at STA Aberdeen, advises: “Make a bucket list of things you want to do, as this can inspire your choice of country and region. For example, if surfing is your thing then Australia would be high on your list, but if you want to experience the vibrancy of a carnival, then Rio would be great for you.
“A popular route for a gap year is backpacking in Asia, then obtaining a working holiday visa in Australia and New Zealand. Some people then like to come home via North America so they can stop in Los Angeles or New York. South America is also really popular at the moment for student summer trips!”
Organise everything at home:
Depending on how long you are travelling for, you may need to make some important arrangements at home. For example, if you’re away for a month or longer, you will likely need to store your belongings somewhere. You can’t traipse around the globe with everything you own! A simple solution to this is to use self-storage.
Mike Duthie, owner of Flexistore Aberdeen and organisational expert, comments: “We help so many students store their belongings before they jet off on their exotic adventures. Often students will give up their room in their flat, or rent it to a friend while they are away, and are in a predicament as to where to put all their things – from winter clothes and home décor items, to larger things like sports equipment and furniture.
“We can take that extra stress off your plate so you can focus on planning your journey of a lifetime! And if you’re enjoying your new lifestyle that much, we can even deliver your belongings to you wherever you are in the world.”
You may also need to redirect mail, and notify your bank and phone provider so they know you’re heading abroad. Organisation is key – you don’t want to be worrying about home when you are trekking in the wilderness of some far away country!
Expertly plan your adventure:
Researching things to do in your location of choice can be a minefield – where do you even begin?!
Luckily, there are some great websites, blogs, magazines and books that can be of great help, and places like STA Travel offer helpful brochures. Another great idea is to get inspiration from friends and family members if they’ve travelled there before.
Emma adds: “Is there anything that you just HAVE to see? Do you want to swim across The Great Barrier Reef, trek the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu, or explore Ko Samui?
“Whatever you decide, we recommend booking key activities and trips in advance if you have specific dates in mind. Tickets can sell out fast so booking well in advance will ensure your trip runs as smoothly as possible, and you don’t miss out on any of your heart-set escapades.”
This will be a trip of a lifetime that you will want to reminisce about for the rest of your life! Why not invest in a camera or Go Pro to capture all your amazing memories, or start a blog about your adventure? You never know, by the end of your trip you could be offering people in your current shoes advice and tips on how to have an epic student adventure!