Be a modern-day nomad!
I love travel so, so much. Like actually. I’ve been on my fair share of overseas adventures, including around Europe, Asia and North America. If you want to get a travel fix, now is the perfect time to do it, free from the restrictions of family and a career, plus a strong Aussie dollar! But with so many different options, how do you choose?
Of course, a popular option is exchange or study abroad. Most large Australian unis have exchange partners around the world, so do some research on where you could go. If you’re keen to do some of your degree internationally, start the paperwork very early (i.e. a year in advance!).
Otherwise, you might decide that you don’t want to spend a whole semester or year in a country, and instead think you might just take an overseas jaunt over winter or summer breaks, or maybe after you finish. For students, the opportunities are almost endless, and cater to different budgets.
A popular option is backpacking. This is great for people with a few months to kill, who want to travel at their own pace, often through multiple countries, and take things as they come. Pilgrimages around regions like South-East Asia, Europe, or South America are often undertaken by young students looking to see the world. Backpacking is also very inexpensive, as you avoid paying for organised tours, instead finding your own way and having your own adventures. Youth Hostels are excellent accommodation for the money-conscious, and you can even use CouchSurfing to find people willing to put you up for free. If you need some suggestions for things to do, check out some of these books stocked by the Co-op.
With a bit more funding available, you might consider going on an organised tour, which will give you an in-depth, relatively authentic experience of a country or area. An excellent resource for these is Contiki, which specialises in tours for 18 to 35-year-olds. Tour packages range from about $800 to $4,000. There are many other options for organised tours, just check with a travel agent.
If you have even MORE disposable income (lucky devil), perhaps a shopping trip is the thing for you. Some very popular shopping destinations include Singapore, New York, Hong Kong and Paris. Make sure to take plenty of cash, and an empty suitcase to hold all your purchases!
Whichever of these options you choose, the Co-op is incredibly well-stocked with resources to help you make the most of your trip. This includes phrase books and language-learning packages, as well as a huge range of country guides, maps and travel supplies.
I hope this has given you some idea of potential travel opportunities, and a taste for visiting new places. Bon voyage!