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travelling in uni - how often do people work

During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income
Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

Hi there,

Wow, these sound like some amazing plans!

From personal experience, I find that my part time work alongside my studies only really gives me a living income, with less money to save for travel. But, this really does depend on how much time you have to work and your uni contact hours. You don't want to neglect your uni course to work, but also working is helping you to study and save up for things you want to achieve. I could definitely work more hours alongside my degree, but I also spend time in societies and with friends, so it really is personal preference.

But travel is certainly achievable. I know here at BCU we have a Go Abroad scheme, where the uni helps students to travel abroad for volunteering programs and work experience, including financial support - maybe there is something similar available at your university? It's always worth a look to see if you can get some additional funding, especially if the travel can be related to your course.

I would say first year and the summer after first year is a really good time to travel while studying as you don't have as, much pressure from your workload that you may experience in second and third year.

Hopefully you can tick off some of your dream destinations this year! 🙂
Best of luck!
Emily
Student Rep at BCU
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Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

Does it matter whether it's "a popular thing"?

A lot of people work over the summer for financial reasons: to pay off their overdraft and/or to build up money to fund their next year at university.

I'm sure some people do go away for a period in the summer, even if they also spend some time working.

If you're in a position financially where you can afford to travel over the summer, then go for it!

I would suggest that you find out when your university's summer resit period is and make sure you're available during that time, just in case you fail any exams/assessments and have to do resits during that period.
Hello,

These sound like beautiful places! You should definitely go if it is something you are interested in and have the means to do so!

Do you work whilst at uni? Perhaps it would be an idea to save a bit of money each money to go towards one of these summer trips? In my first year I worked and also saved to go volunteering abroad and it can be tricky, but is manageable. Just ensure you do not neglect your studies and uni experience whilst working- balance is key!

Volunteering abroad is a great way to visit new countries, make a difference and delve into new cultures, often for slightly cheaper than just travelling. Maybe this could be something to consider?

All the best with everything!

Lucy :smile:
2nd year languages student
Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

Hey,

It's great to see you want to travel to so many different places; after all, university is all about expanding your horizons and gaining a bit more independence, which means if you can travel, it's a fantastic time to do it!

A lot of students work through the summer because they financially need to, whether that's to pay off some of the overdraft they acrrued in first year or to get ahead on rent/living costs for the year ahead. For some students, travelling for long periods of time simply isn't affordable on their budget; but if you can make it work financially, I would definitely encourage you to do so.

Remember that your summer breaks at university can be quite long, so you can do both - you could always get a part-time job and then take a week or so time off to go on holiday. This way, you'll have a reliable income and the opportunity to explore a new country or two!

Eve (Kingston Rep).
Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

Anon,

If you can afford to travel during the summer holidays, then go! You'll never get a longer holiday than the summer holidays that you get at uni. After final year, you’ll likely be thinking about getting a job rather than travelling. Though you could postpone your travel plans and give yourself a year post uni to go to all the places you’d like to see. The long summer holiday is an ideal time to travel, though as said above by @martin7 it's wise to make sure that you don't have to come back for any uni exams! It's also good to be wise. You don't want to spend all your money travelling and be completely broke for your next university year, but of course it’s good to have a break and to return to uni feeling refreshed and energised to work : )

Working during the summer holidays is a good way of getting out the house, not getting too restless or bored away from uni, as well as a chance to make new friends and earn money at the same time. It may also be useful for obtaining a reference later on and could be a job that you can go back to next summer or during other university holidays. The only thing with working during the summer is that you can feel like you don’t really get much of a holiday, you don’t really get to enjoy the good weather (if the sun comes out) and you may return to uni feeling like you haven’t rested enough and have to start tackling all this uni work when you just want a break : (

In short: Work if you need to but try and find some time to enjoy the summer. If you don’t need to work, go on holiday, travel and enjoy : ) just remember you still have uni in the autumn!

Happy summer holidays,

Oluwatosin 3rd year student University of Huddersfield
Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

HI there,

This really depends on when you would rather work and also what your course is.

If your course allows it and you are not in uni every day, you could get a part time job while you are at uni which might allow you to save up money to go travelling during the summer. However, this depends on how many hours you would be ale to do and also how much you would be able to save of what you are earning and how much you would need to use while you are at uni. If you are using most of the money you earn for food, going out etc then it will be tricky to save up enough money to be able to do all of these things.

If your course is more full on and you are at uni quite a few days, this may not leave much time for you to work so it would be quite tricky for you to save much money and you may just need to get a job over summer. You could do a year of travelling after uni when you have saved up money!

it's also worth checking if you would have exams and when these fall as this may affect you being able to go and travel. The resit period is also usually over the summer so if you might need to be around for this, this will affect plans too.

I would recommend trying to get a job which is flexible and you can fit it around your studies as this is the best way that you will be able to save up some money. If it comes to summer and you have enough money, then go for it as it sounds like a great opportunity!

I hope some of this helps,

Lucy -SHU student ambassador 🙂
Original post by Anonymous
During the holidays in uni, is travelling a popular thing especially to further places like new york on the first year? Or do people tend to stay and work for most of the summer and save up for the second year?
Here are some places i want to go to@
Japan, Korea, Thailand, New york, Bali, singapore, dubai - those are the furthest places and the rest are in europe. I'm not saying that i want to go to all of them by the time uni ends but would it be possible to at least go to 1?
How often do people work for an income

Hi there,

I think it depends on the person. Some people will work full time in the summer to earn as much as they can for living expenses etc, but others don't need to work for different reasons so they will likely go travelling etc. It definitely just depends on the person and the income they have. Some won't be able to afford to travel, others will want to just go home and spend time with family, some will work, it's different for everyone. But I think if you have the money to travel you should! Not often an opportunity where you have 3 months off comes around.

I hope this helps,

Ellen
Uni of Sunderland Digital Ambassador

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