Travelling on a Summer Break – What You Need to Know

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Travelling in the summer holidays is a treat! The pleasant weather and atmosphere helps calm the senses and allows one to get their mind off things like college deadlines and other commitments. For students, travelling in the summer is much-awaited but can pose a challenge due to the increase in ticket fares and hustle bustle of people. Students have limited time and need to make the most of it before they get back to their busy academic and work routines. We’ve put together some advice and some budget-friendly travelling tips for you! Whether you plan to fly abroad or plan to enjoy summer in your city, our travelling tips will help you make the most of your trip.

Plan ahead of time

Planning ahead of time will save you from a lot of hassle. Summer holidays mean that public transport, recreational parks, museums and other fun attractions will be jam-packed will people. Why wait in long queues when you can skip them by purchasing your tickets online? Not only will it save your from queueing up in the heat but will but it will also allow you to buy budget-friendly tickets. Depending on the attraction that you are visiting, you may be able to buy fast track tickets that allow you to jump queues not only at the main gate but also for other attractions that the place offers.  Though fast track tickets may cost you a few extra dollars, they are well worth the money and allow you to make the most of the trip

Checking the weather prior to booking your tickets is a very important part of the planning stage too. The last thing you need is for the weather to disappoint you therefore keep on top of the weather forecast and book your tickets accordingly.

Student-Friendly Travelling Essentials

There are a few important things that you should be carrying with you when travelling. These little bits and bobs can often be overlooked, yet having them with you can make all the difference in the world!

Don’t forget!

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Local currency (if possible)
  • Health and travel insurance documents
  • List of contacts
  • Phone/phone accessories

Make sure you have your passport or visa. Keep in mind that some countries like Malaysia and Thailand don’t let tourists enter even if their passport expires within six months of their arrival. Therefore, do your research beforehand to avoid being disappointed. You also want to check that you have your tickets with you. If you purchased your tickets online, don’t forget to print it out and have backup photocopies. All important documents like your ID, passport and tickets should have at least two photocopies. You should also take pictures of important documents and keep them on your phone as a backup. Paying by card may not be convenient where you plan to travel and hence you should always have some cash with you.

Medicinal items

If you have a flight, you can take your medicines along with you as long as they are packed in a way that meets the standards of the Transportation Security Administration or TSA. For quick access, keep over the counter medications in your carry-on-luggage.

  • Painkillers
  • Eye drops
  • Travel Sickness Tablets
  • Band-Aids
  • An insect repellent
  • Sun protection
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Pain-relieving gel

Also, you can check out our article about online learning as a way to spend your summer break!

Summer Accessories

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When packing your summer accessories, just make sure that the items are not too heavy. You should be able to carry them around comfortably.

  • Hat
  • Tote Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Folding Umbrella
  • Travel bottle kit
  • Flip flops
  • Jewellery- small studs, hoops, rings (Avoid statement jewellery,  just one set would suffice)
  • Beach Towel
  • Small face and hand towel

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Ear plugs
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sleeping mask
  • No key padlock
  • Water
  • Duct Tape
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Pocket fan
  • Travel adapter
  • Nail clipper and nail files

Toiletries

How cute are miniature travel toiletries? Most drug stores have a section just for these little travel essentials. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about being stopped at the airport since they are designed to be travel-friendly. Toiletries that you will need include:

  • Deodorant
  • Body spray
  • Shampoo
  • Hand cream
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair spray
  • Hand gel
  • Perfume
  • Shower gel
  • Mouth wash
  • Sanitary towels
  • Body wash
  • Moisturiser
  • Shaving gel
  • Vaseline

We advise you not to get excited with the packing and keep it light so you can have a comfortable journey. When packing clothing, do keep the weather conditions in mind as well as your luggage allowance. You’ll most likely be bringing back souvenirs and gifts and you must have enough space to carry them too.

Try to be productive

Depending where you go for your holiday and amount of time that you have, you can make use of temporary employment opportunities that will allow you to earn on your trip. Even if you’re helping out at a local café or tourist attraction, finding work during your travel will impress your future employers. You could even try out freelancing opportunities like writing content and blogging that will help you stay productive during the summer. If you enjoy reading, take a new book or magazine with you.

Update your CV and Social Media Profile

-Don’t forget to update your social media profiles and update your CV too. Travelling lets potential employers, friends and family know that you’re active, willing to travel if needed and have outbursts of energy. It also reflects your planning skills and looks great on your CV.

Sleep Early

Avoid sleeping late at nights whilst you’re on holiday. Sleep early so that can you have productive days and can enjoy your time with different activities and exploring new places.

Leave the stress at Home

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It is natural to get caught up in stress but you don’t want to take it with you on holiday. Try to minimize negativity as much as possible so that you can have an enjoyable experience. You won’t enjoy travelling if your mind is caught up in things that are worrying you. Instead, focus on your surroundings and appreciate the free time that you have.

Make the most of the travel opportunity and remember to capture the fun moments. Observe the strengths and weaknesses of your travel and make a note of them so you can adjust your travel accordingly in the future. Happy travelling!


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