Spending your days cooped up indoors with your head in a study guide is challenging. Breaks are a vital part of keeping your focus, so traveling as a student can be exactly what your brain needs to unwind.
It's not just the separation from the stress of learning so many new things, consider the anticipation while packing, the excitement as you leave, and the reinvigorated inspiration you carry after you return — all of it can help get you through to your goal.
There's no shortage of student travel tips out there. Anyone’s first tip would be to be safe, and of course, you will be. But here are some practical tips to get the most out of traveling as a student.
There are multitudes of benefits to planning early when you're going to travel.
More options for accommodation
Time to learn more about your destination
Events are more likely to have tickets available
Airlines and many other travel-related businesses pump up their prices closer to the date, knowing travelers will get desperate to book. Planning and booking months in advance will afford you the most options at more affordable prices. Booking early will also give you time to find things to do at your destination, rather than arriving and asking yourself, "What now?"
Ask yourself what you want to get out of your trip. Are you looking to immerse yourself in nature, sit poolside, and explore museums and national monuments? Each option will take you to different places, so be sure to know your goals and interests before choosing a destination. Then, plan accordingly.
The big advantage of studying online is that you can do it anywhere. Traveling can be full of energy. But at some point, you'll want some quiet time, and that's the perfect time to review your material.
Additionally, with your mind relaxed, inspiration could strike. Suddenly, a problem you've been trying to solve in your studies may come to you, and you want to be equipped to follow that inspiration.
Speaking of making your trip more affordable and accessible, the off-peak travel season is the time to book. Demand rises during the holidays and summer, so hotels, airlines, and tourist activities raise prices.
Peak seasons generally tend to revolve around the school session. Another advantage to studying online is that you can travel during the months that everyone is in school.
Typically, some of the best months to travel are May to June and September through October. If you want to save even more money, look for flights leaving on the cheapest days of the week.
If you've got a thing for American history and stunning museums and monuments, Washington D.C. is the place for you.
If you need the energy of a constantly moving city, there's no better place than NYC. The best thing about New York is that the off-peak season of September to October is the best time to go.
New England is famous for its spectacular display of fall foliage, and it doesn't take a long drive out of the city to immerse yourself in one of nature's finest displays.
Traveling as a student is a great way to make the most of your time away from classrooms. Take advantage of the opportunities afforded to you by getting certified online with MedCerts programs and travel while you learn.
Julie Campos is the Senior Director of Operations and Student Success at MedCerts. She brings over 14 years of experience in Online Higher Education in both Student Support and Enrollment and started her career at the University of Phoenix, serving most of her tenure as a student-facing leader.
Julie has her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her areas of expertise are student support in online higher education environments and working with nontraditional students. At MedCerts, she is focused on creating a pro-active student central support model for MedCerts students to reach their goals and has developed the MedCerts Student Support and Outreach Model, created MedCerts Student Success Advisor reports and Dashboards, as well as the Student Success Advisor Playbook. Her proactive approach to student support has been crucial in meeting MedCerts’ student’s needs, as well as completion and certification goals.
Julie has three children – a 10-year-old son and 12- and 4-year-old daughters, who keep her and her husband busy with sports. She is also an avid crafter with an entire room of her home dedicated to the hobby. In her free time, she enjoys teaching wreath making and even has a few “how-to” YouTube videos on the subject!