We all want to live healthily. And to
achieve this, we have to eat right, and also, do plenty of exercises and
workouts. However, gym prices are costly, which is enough already to discourage
you from letting go of that hot bod you’ve been aiming for. But wait, just
because you don’t have the cash doesn’t mean you have to be negative all about
it. There are plenty of ways where you can do workouts for free while spending
a dime for your other expenses. So what are they? Continue reading down below
to find out.
Opt for Free Trials
Google is your friend, with
just one search away; you will be greeted with hundreds of sites where you can
search for free gym trails around your neighborhood. If you don’t feel like using
the internet because of “reasons,” you can head outside and scout for
introductory gym classes where they let you work out for free.
Populous areas probably have
lots of gyms lying around the vicinity where they offer cheap gym memberships
that won’t put a dent on your wallet. One last thing, before you avail for
those free trials, always check the information first if it is actually a
“free” trial. There are others out there that offer such, and then you will be
suddenly surprised they start charging you for a monthly subscription fee after
the free trial is done.
Do Exercises Outside Your Home
Since most of these free trials
won’t last forever. Why not do exercises outside your home? Or even around your
neighborhood. Activities such as walking or jogging around the vicinity is a
type of free exercise. Want to up the ante? Then do hiking/running around the
park or at the beach if you’re near one.
Want to go extreme? If the area
you’re living has plenty of hills around, then drive into that place and go on
a nature expedition where you can sprint up and down the hill. Go hardcore by
carrying a massive rock with you as you’re doing this.
If you’re living in the heart
of the city where the sight of hills or trails is nowhere to be found, then you
can do exercises at the heart of your own home. Fancy purchasing exercise
equipment? Then opt for one that suits your budget. Start by buying yoga mats
and a few dumbbells for weights.
Want to save even more? Use
large books or bottles filled with rocks as weights if you don’t want to spend
on dumbbells. You can also use towels as yoga mats as well if you really don’t
want to spend a dime on such equipment.
YouTube is Your Best Friend
Take advantage of the internet,
especially YouTube. There are myriads of fitness vloggers out there that posts
a wide variety of exercise videos on YouTube that you can follow. From basic
thing such as yoga down to extreme exercises, there are plenty of choices for
everyone that is just one click away.
Keep it Simple but Fun
Be honest; there are times
where you’re about to click that Yoga video on YouTube and then suddenly, you
will be distracted at that cute cat compilation at the suggestions tab. You
see, temptations are everywhere, and exercising is not an exception. What you
can do is to make things simple, balanced, and fun at the same time.
Free trials aren’t forever,
great workout videos on YouTube are rare to find, especially when you’re
presented with a vast collection of videos from different Yotubers. Just like
in a relationship, you need to keep things interesting to keep yourself
motivated to pump that iron. Start by creating a weekly workout plan. Each
week, try incorporating different types of workouts to make things less dull.
Don’t limit yourself on YouTube videos. The internet offers a wide variety of
exercises in a simple Google search. Your goal is to make things interesting to
motivate yourself to push forward. Trust me; your body will thank you later.
One of the challenges of being a vegetarian
is finding the right food choices to eat. How much more if you’re a college
vegetarian, where you have to up the amp to ease your hunger from opting those
mouth-watering dishes in the cafeteria.
You can’t deny that we sometimes choose
hamburgers over salads. And this is a pretty normal thing for everyone even if
you’re a vegetarian. Of course, self-discipline is a must. But there are times
where we go over the hill instead of limiting ourselves. If you ever feel this
kind of dilemma, then this article is for you. College vegetarians? Get your
Create a Meal Plan
Meal plans go great if you’re
living in a dorm with your very own refrigerator. This will let you prepare
your favorite vegetarian dishes instead of battling up in the cafeteria jungle.
Unleash your inner Van Gogh and be creative on the type of vegetarian food you
want to prepare. Do some research, ask fellow vegetarians in your college for
guidance, there’s nothing better than doing your own meal and eat at your
Balance, Like All Things Should
College is hard. Whether it’s
maintaining grades, or joining school events, everything takes time and
preparation. This also applies to your vegetarian regimen as well. What you
need to do is just keep things simple. Don’t overcomplicate things that can put
pressure on you. Most of all, always keep yourself prepared. Fancy eating
protein bars during class? Then bring some. And also, when it comes to making
your own vegetarian meals, make sure that you have the proper equipment to
Shop at Local Grocery Stores
You’ll be lucky if your college
is located near a local grocery mart. The advantage of shopping into such is
the affordability, compared in commercial grocery centers where prices are
sky-rocketing one into another. And also, when you buy at local grocery
centers, it’s like helping the local economy. The more you shop, the more
you’re helping their business grow. What’s also best is that vegetables and
fruits you buy at local grocery centers are more organic. This is because it
doesn’t undergo a chemical-inducing process, unlike conventional grocery
Inspire from The Web
If you’re a newbie at cooking
vegetarian dishes, then look no further than the internet. If you have a
cookbook with you, then you’re good to go. If you haven’t, then Google is your
best friend. With just a quick search, you will be greeted with hundreds and
thousands of online cookbooks, guide, tips, and how-tos about vegetarian
Midnight Snacks Galore
Craving for late night snacks
is a common thing for college students. However, what you’ll find during this
time of day are only fast-food chains that offer calorie-inducing meals. So
before you go outside and become the midnight owl that you are, it’s always
ideal for searching the web for alternatives. There are some fast food chains
out there that offer vegetarian selections such as Taco Bell, White Castle,
Popeyes, McDonald’s, and more.
Ramen noodles for dinner, a packed of
canned beans for breakfast, it’s the ideal image of a broke student trying not
to squeeze too much cash out from its wallet. Yes, college is hard, how much
more when your allowance doesn’t cover enough both your expenses for school and
That’s why a lot of students have opted for
part-time jobs while they’re still at school. Student in the morning, worker in
the night, what a life. Finding a part-time job isn’t easy. However, there are
three of them that you can make some extra cash during your spare time. So what
are they? Let’s take a look at them down below.
If trading is your thing, then
you’ll love a job that involves cryptocurrency. But first, you need to do your
research so that you’ll know how to survive in the world of trading. Once you
get the hang of it, then you’re ready to bust some moves and let the money flow
in. The best part about cryptocurrency trading is that you can do this whenever
and wherever you want. Be it during a class break, or while waiting for your
torrents to finish, or in the middle of cooking where you wait for your dish to
be fully-cooked. The flexibility of trading is limitless.
Being a Freelance Writer
If you’re good with words and
mostly excels in English classes, then being a freelance writer is suited for
you. There are plenty of freelance jobs that involve writing. Be it
copywriting, article writing, or editing, you name it. However, the world of
freelance is full of scam. So you better be careful if you want to take this
road of opportunity. Proper research is key to avoid such “scams” so you’ll be
able to find a legitimate one.
Sell Your Stuff
If you have a lot of stuff with
you that you’ve already grown into it or doesn’t use anymore, then it’s time to
sell them to earn some cash. If you take a look at Facebook or Instagram, you
will find lots of students selling “pre-loved” items at a price that won’t
break the bank. These items are mostly clothing, but if you have some “other”
pre-loved items such as gadgets, vinyl records, or collectibles that you don’t
find use anymore, then time to open up a garage sale then. The best way to sell
these items is by using Facebook’s “marketplace” feature, where you can find
buyers around your area for an easy cash grab.
In some countries, high schools are
required to teach a foreign language for at least two years before students can
enter college. And most of these languages students choose are French, Spanish,
Japanese, and most likely German. However, one of the most important language
that is always overlooked by many is Latin. So what’s the deal with the Latin
Latin is now considered a “dead language”
by some. Meaning, it is a language that is no longer spoken in our day to day
lives. What others didn’t know is that Latin has continually evolved even to
this day, which inspires most of today’s language, with English, not an exception.
Here are three good reasons why Latin should be taught in our schools more
Makes Learning Romance
Romance languages consist of
Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian. And teachers believed that
learning Latin eases the transition into learning romance languages. If you
take a look at these romance languages today, you will see the similarities
between each of them by their pronunciation, vocabulary, and also, grammar
To give you an example of a
comparison between Latin and romance languages, take a look at the word “art.” In
Latin, it’s pronounced as “ars,” wherein romance languages such as Spanish and
Italian, it is called “arte.” As you can see, from the spelling and the way it’s
pronounced, both of them share similarities with each other. Which makes
learning Latin and romance languages easier.
Improves Thinking and
A lot of subjects taught in
schools are there for one sole purpose: to improve your critical thinking and
analytical skills. Among all of them, math is the perfect candidate for such
where students are tested by solving complex problems and come up with creative
solutions to get the right answer. Just like math, Latin can also help in
improving these kind of skills as well. But how?
Latin is a highly
inflected/synthetic language, which means it is a language that involves using
various words signifying number, person, gender, and other components to
construct a sentence. The challenging part of learning Latin is by memorizing
different forms of declensions (a variation of a noun, pronoun, or adjective)
to come up with a sentence. Which means students must identify the proper
declension or conjugation of each word of a sentence to know what it exactly
means. Doing so requires patience and persistence, thus, improving your
critical thinking and analytical skills.
Enhances English Grammar
Skills & Vocabulary
Students are required to
purchase textbooks about Latin grammar when learning the language. In addition
to that, most Latin classes also require students to have textbooks on English
grammar as well. Which means when learning Latin, grammatical concepts in the
English grammar is a common thing because you already came across them in your
regular English classes.
We now get a picture where
students have already instilled the English grammar in their minds. The
challenging part is remembering the exact grammatical terms to incorporate in
writing. It’s a hard task to do, but Latin is here to save the day, which acts
as a secondary English class that helps on reinforcing their knowledge of the
language students were used to. Learning Latin grammar is like relearning the
English grammar and improve your skills as you go on. Not only that, but it can
also expand your vocabulary and word diction as well.
As you can see, the importance of Latin
still contributes to the well-roundness of students. That’s why schools should
implement Latin in their subjects as it can help students learn valuable skills
that they can use on whatever path they take in the corporate world. Fun fact:
The Latin phrase “curriculum vitae” translates to “the course of life.”
Social media is part of a student’s life.
It’s a gateway of interacting with one another, be it your friends, family, or
your favorite celebrities. There are plenty of social media platforms around,
the most common one being Facebook. But today, we are going to talk about
Instagram and their use of hashtags.
Hashtag is a feature that is unique to
Instagram, which is then copied by others once it gained popularity. For
college students, these hashtags can be useful for their student life. With
plenty of hashtags on Instagram, here are the best hashtags every student
Being flooded with myriads of
school work can be overwhelming. College students are also humans, and taking a
break is a must. With #CollegeHumor, you can find plenty of college “memes” (or
funny pictures where we use to call it back then) on Instagram. It’s a great
way to relax and ease your mind while taking a short break from that multi-page
We all hate a professor that
talks too fast and erases everything on the board without notice. That is a
nightmare every student had faced, were taking notes seems impossible anymore
unless you’re a fast writer or something. With #Notestagram, you will find
plenty of users on Instagram that posts their organized and legible notes.
What’s best is that they can also teach you some tips and tricks on how to jot
down notes efficiently, making it a life-saver for your note-taking problems.
This hashtag is a pool of dorm
room photos that can give you ideas on how to organize your dorm room to make
it look organized and clean at the same time. Students are creative, not only
in their skills and talents but also in room-tending as well. Thus,
#DormSweetDorm was born.
This one is for those students
that are planning to study abroad. The number of students studying abroad has
dramatically increased as the years go by. This is because there are a plethora
of opportunities abroad compared to what they have in their home country. So if
you’re one of them, then using this hashtag gives you an idea of how it feels
like to study abroad.
Financial problem is part of a
college student’s life. By following the #StudentLoans on Instagram, you will
find students giving you tips and techniques on how to pay your debts on time,
as well as success stories how they cleared their liabilities. Not to mention,
memes on student loans as well.
Rachel Paul, a doctorate in
behavioral nutrition, has an Instagram account with an official
#CollegeNutritionist that you can use. Following this hashtag takes you to her
account where she talks about food hacks, nutrition tips, as well as meal prep
tips for college students. This is the perfect hashtag for college students
that wants to maintain their nutrition levels even at a stressful environment
This hashtag is used by many to
show what their life has been in college. It’s a mixed bag where you can see a
wide variety of college-related content such as college humor, bits of advice,
tips on how to survive college, relationship advice, and a whole lot more.
This one is best viewed after
your final exams. Following this hashtag takes you to thousands of memes on how
their finals went, and most of them are not good. You see, humor still gets in
the way even after a stressful situation. There’s nothing like a good laugh
after submitting that empty test booklet of your math exams.
Having a hard time studying for
that lengthy exam tomorrow? #Studygram got you covered. By following this
hashtag, you will be taken to plenty of study tips & tricks that are made
by your fellow students to help you out while burning that midnight oil.
Summer music festivals are a thing in some
countries. This is the time where you can party your hearts out and show off
that summer body and get some attention. Keep in mind that joining a summer
festival party is not a walk in the park. You will need lots of energy while
staying in shape at the same time. And that’s why you’re here in this article
today! Below, we tailored some of the best tips to party to your heart’s
content. Summer party animals? Read up!
Get Enough Sleep
First and foremost, you need to
get your much-needed energy for that summer festival trip you’re going to. And
the simplest thing to do is to get enough sleep. It is crucial that you get
about 7-8 hours of sleep before you head into the event. Keep in mind that
summer festivals had a lot of activities to do for the entire span of the
event. So do yourself a favor and get some rest. Your body will thank you
Of course, since it’s a
festival, you’ll be using most of your energy throughout the entire event. So
pack up a bottle of water with you and carry it wherever you go to the
festival. Drinking plenty of water will get your body ready to take on the heat
of the hot summer sun and midnight chills and hangovers. Experts suggest that
men should drink about 13 cups a day and 9 cups for women.
Do Some Yoga
Yoga soothes your mind and
body, making yourself feeling refreshed. Since summer music festivals involve
lots of activities, it’s essential that we must treat ourselves a little bit of
Yoga first before we seize the day. Yes, it’s a bit hard at the beginning, but once
you break that negative mental barrier, the benefits you’ll get is worth it in
Eat the Right Food
The foods we eat acts as fuel for
our body. That’s why it’s essential to choose your foods carefully. Listed
below are some foods that are good for your brain to keep you mentally active
throughout the festival.
Blueberries – these berries
help reduce stress, improves mental health, and keeps your skin great.
Salmon – deep-water fish such
as salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps improve brain function.
If eating fish is not your thing, you can try omega-3 supplements instead.
Nuts – nuts and seeds are rich
in vitamin E, which is essential to maintain proper function on the different
organs of our body. And it doesn’t end there; vitamin E is also an excellent
antioxidant as well which helps on healing damaged cells. Aside from nuts,
leafy green veggies are also a good source of vitamin E.
Chocolate – chocolates such as
dark chocolates are rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant that improves blood flow
and helps aiding brain function.
Fruit smoothies – another way
of satisfying your fruit cravings is turning them into smoothies. There are
plenty of smoothie recipes available on the web that you can try on.
Sweet Potatoes – this veggie is
a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and plenty of
antioxidants. Which makes it the perfect pre-festival food that you should eat
to give your body and mind its much-needed energy.
With a plethora of diet plans available
around, Keto diet has made a name of itself for some reason. Thanks to its
simplicity and efficiency, health bloggers and nutritionists alike have treated
keto diet as the holy grail of all weight loss regimen. There are plenty of
benefits that keto diet has in store for us starting from the most obvious one
weight loss, down to lower blood sugar levels, and so on.
For students that want to lose weight, or
for those who want to live healthy, then keto diet may be the next big thing
that should be added in their daily routine. However, keto diet is not your
“typical” weight-loss gimmick. So what exactly is keto diet?
Keto is short for ketogenic.
Keto diet is basically a low-carb diet where you have to eat lesser carbs than
your usual consumption on a daily basis. However, this is not your typical
low-carb diet. This diet is all about reaching the state of ketosis. Which is a
state where your body burns fat instead of carbs for energy use.
This has driven health
specialists and fitness consultants nuts because who on earth would’ve thought
that consuming lesser carbs is a thing? For decades, dietitians and doctors
have suggested that you need to eat as much carbs as you can to fuel your body.
Whereas in Keto diet, it’s quite the opposite. Reaching the ketosis state is
not a walk in the park. It takes practice, patience, and most of all, discipline.
Now that you know what keto
diet is, it’s time to give some tips on how to achieve it in a student-friendly
way. There are plenty of keto-friendly foods that are available around in the
grocery store. Don’t forget to check its nutrition facts first before putting
it in your shopping cart. Assorted nuts is an example, cheese is also an
excellent choice as well.
People that are on a keto diet
always had cheese present on their plate. However, researchers are still doing
further research of the matter if it is really beneficial or not. If you take a
look at the internet for keto recipes, you will find cheese as a primary
ingredient which is not surprising after all.
Keto diet also involves eating
less fruits. Yes, you heard that right, less fruits. This is because most
fruits contain sugar. Some keto-friendly fruits include coconut, lime,
avocados, lemon, and any types of berries. Say goodbye to your favorite apples
and bananas. Along with papayas, pineapples, and watermelons, these fruits are
packed with sugar which is something that we need to avoid to get into the
state of ketosis.
Pro-keto people have gone to
the extreme by only eating grass-fed meat to reach the state of ketosis much
faster. This is essential for those who wants to lose weight as well. The only
downside of grass-fed meat is they come at a price that can put a dent on your
For those college students that
aren’t fond of cooking, then you should know that keto diet requires little to
less cooking. The cheapest way to get a keto breakfast is to prepare bacon and
eggs with an avocado on the side, which is a pretty basic thing that you can do
You can cook eggs the way you
like them. Be it scrambled or sunny-side up, whatever comes into your mind. Egg
yolk is rich in fats while egg whites is an excellent source of protein. That’s
why you should never forget including eggs to your keto-friendly breakfast.
For lunch and dinner, buy an
oven-baked chicken, vegetables paired with hamburgers or a pizza with a
cauliflower crust. These cauliflower-crust pizzas are mostly found in WalMart,
Trader Joe’s, or Aldi’s. Want some dessert? Hop onto your seat and do a quick
Google search for keto-friendly sweets to satisfy your cravings. There are plenty
of keto recipes that uses less sugar and carbs. Purchase sugar alternatives
instead such as coconut flour, Truvia, or almonds that you can use on making
Keto-Friendly Meals at Restaurants
Late night snacks with friends
is a thing in college. However, instead of going to keto-friendly diners, you
will probably be taken to the nearest fast food chain to munch on greasy meals.
The aroma of those fries paired with onion-grilled burgers will surely put your
keto diet plan into a halt. But don’t be tempted just yet! Stay strong and it
will be worth the effort.
Dining keto is as easy as
eating burgers minus the buns. Burger King for example, let’s you choose your
own burger ingredients. This lets you order a bun-less burger, or ask them to
use a lettuce wrap that substitutes as a bun. Sounds weird, but there’s nothing
wrong with being in control of yourself, right?
Before heading into nearby
restaurants or fast-food chains, doing your research first is a must. This lets
you see which of them has a keto-friendly menu to avoid being tempted. A little
discipline can go a long way, and your body will thank you later.
The possibilities are limited for college students
when it comes to summer. Of course, you can have summer classes, or find a
part-time job, and that is pretty much it. Although they are not bad options to
begin with, but it became tedious to do the same thing over and over again
during this time of the year.
That’s why it’s time to do something that
goes beyond the conventional. So what are some “other” things that college
students can do during the summer? Here’s a list of them down below.
Learn a New Skill
Your education alone doesn’t
look good on paper. Aside from academics, it’s also crucial that you have some
skills, whether it’s related to your course, or something new that is way
beyond your field.
What you can do is to learn a
new skill that goes beyond the limits of what you can do. This can also act as
a safety net if your primary one doesn’t work out. Having a lot of skills opens
a lot of door for opportunities that are waiting to be discovered.
Work Your Way
Money is a major issue for
students, especially during summer. And there’s nothing you can do but to find
a job for the meantime while waiting for classes to resume. It’s ideal to find
one that’s related to your field to make thing easier.
However, if you want to
explore, then find a job that’s vastly different from your field. This is also
a way for you to learn a new skill as well that can be useful for the future.
Join Charity Services
Doing charity work is also one
way to enjoy your summer. By joining one, you can add this to your resume and
brag about it, increases your chance of getting hired. It will also make you
feel good about it knowing you helped the people around you.
If you have wads of cash with
you, then there’s nothing better than spending that on traveling. Traveling
lets you meet new people, learn new culture, and also explore new experiences
that change your perspective on how you see the world and the things around
If money is not an option, then
you can have backpacking trips in your region. Go to the web, search for nearby
trails that you can hike on with your friends and go camping in there. It’s a
great way to get a piece of nature once in a while.
This one is like a combination
of tips number three and four. By volunteering abroad, you’re helping other
people and at the same time, traveling and exploring new culture and
experiences. This is also a great addition to your resume, knowing that you
have an experience what it feels like to work and help outside your country.
It’s a win-win situation; you work and get paid while traveling and gaining new
experiences at the same time.
Create a Plan for Your Future
Look and think ahead of your
future. Figure out and jot down what skills or interest do you want to improve
or explore further. It’s crucial that you think “realistic” goals that you can
achieve in no time, not something nearly impossible such as becoming a
billionaire in a few months in time. Be creative in your goals and see if this
can hone your skills that you can use in the near future.
You’re maybe in the point of
life where you haven’t discovered your special skill, talent, and your art just
yet. Summer is the perfect time just for that! Dare to go further by trying
something new that you don’t even have an interest on. You’ll never know, you
can use this newly-gained skill in another field that you never expected to be
a part on.
Open Your Own Business
Not necessarily a “huge”
business, such as opening a company. If you had the skills, you could start
opening up small businesses such as selling hotcakes, selling sketch portraits,
editing videos, or photo editing using photoshop. These small business can act
as your part-time job in the summer for the meantime.
Going abroad to continue your semester is
one hell of a ride, especially when it comes to preparing stuff. From booking
flights down to finding a boarding house, there’s plenty of things that need to
be done before you can fly away. All of these responsibilities piling up makes
you forget one of the most important things when traveling – packing your
When it comes to packing for travel, most
people just throw in a bunch of stuff into their bags without knowing if those
are important or not. That’s why packing needs to be carefully treated with
attention. There’s no denying that packing can be stressful, but in this
article, we are going to guide you on how to pack your things wisely before
saying ciao. Let’s go!
Right Gear for The Right Weather
The weather can vary depending
on the country you are on. What looks sunny today can be gloomy abroad. The
usual “summer means hot and winter means cold” can’t be true for some
countries. So take a look at your bad and see what kind of gear should you
bring abroad to survive the semester. A quick Google search will let you see
how the weather is like for the country you’re going into, and then you’re good
is Your Friend
About 332,727 have chosen to
study abroad during the years 2016-2017, based on a survey conducted by the
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. Among these numbers, there’s
a tiny percentage of these students who have encountered problems because of improper
The best thing to avoid being
one of these small percentages of students is to do your research first before
you fly. Google is filled with safety tips for college students, packing tips,
and myriads of other guides to help you survive the semester abroad. You can
also search on how to keep your bags safe and what to wear in certain cities as
well to avoid trouble.
Predators always have their
eyes on into their prey. When you’re abroad, thieves are most likely eyeing on
you, especially if you have a lot of bags. What you can do is to limit the
number of bags you have to bring for your semester abroad. Always keep your
valuables out of sight as well and secure them inside your bag.
Keep your luggage minimal. At
least two suitcases are enough to bring all you need for your abroad semester. And
also, when it comes to your “everyday bag” that you bring at school, make sure
that it is theft proof and has a built-in padlock to avoid being opened without
notice. You know what they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Companies such as Pacsafe has
bags with lockable zippers and is made from cut-proof material. It’s an ideal
bag to prevent thieves from cutting your bag open, which is prominent in
Your Extra Travel Plans
Since you will be going abroad,
you will most likely spend your money on other things such as traveling to
neighboring countries during your spare time or rest days. The freedom you have
outside your home country can be overwhelming, but safety first should still be
your top priority.
Before you get wild and travel
wherever you are in abroad, always do your research first from public
transportation down to packing safety tips. You don’t want to go to Japan
without bringing an extra coat, right?
Lastly, make sure that you have
extra cash with you. Unexpected situations are inevitable, and it’s always a
good thing that you have an emergency backup such as additional funds for you
to spend on.
Taking your semester abroad can
be scary, but it isn’t when you’re properly prepared. Not only when it comes to
packing, but also physically and mentally prepare as well since you’re going to
a place that’s vastly different to your home country.
You will gain new experiences,
meet new people, discover a new culture that you only see on textbooks before.
The adventure of studying abroad is not only limited to jotting down notes, take
classes, and call it a day just like what you do in your college/university. There
are plenty of things that lies ahead waiting to be discovered. Will you be
ready for it?
Life after college is an exciting yet
daunting time of your life. In this phase, you will be wondering what you
should do next? Should you apply for work already? or take your master’s
degree? or just unwind for a while by traveling around the world?
Some students want to break free from all
the stress by taking a gap year. A gap year is a timeline where you have to
give yourself some rest for a year after graduating. In this period, you will
be given time to explore what you really want to do before settling into your
If you don’t want to take your master’s
degree just yet and want to travel the world instead, then you have come to the
right place. Listed below are three tips that can guide you to your solo travel
adventures during the gap year. Let’s take a look at them.
Budget is Key
When it comes to traveling,
keeping your finances is check lets you spend your money efficiently. You don’t
want to have a phone call to your parents asking to send you money because you
splurge all of it into unnecessary stuff. What you can do is break down all
your daily expenses from your accommodation down to the foods you eat. It’s
always ideal to save some emergency cash as well just in case something goes
wrong unexpectedly, which goes beyond the way you planned. Better yet, download
some financial tracking apps to help guide yourself in spending your money
wisely while traveling.
Take Advantage of Insurance
Insurance policies are the most
overlooked thing when it comes to traveling. Some people think that it’s
completely unnecessary and you’re just wasting money on it that’s why they
don’t opt for it. What some didn’t know is that an insurance policy as a
lifesaver, especially when something wrong happens to you outside your home
country. If you get hurt, costly bills can pile up. But if you have an
insurance policy, all these expenses are covered depending on the type of
insurance you have opted for. Not only your health, but there is also insurance
available for your valuable items as well, such as your gadgets.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
When it comes to solo travel,
you will never know what lies ahead at the other side of the picture. That’s
why traveling is an effective way to test yourself to make you step outside
your comfort zone. New experiences await, and you should learn how to conquer
them so that you’ll develop your ability to cope up with such situations. Try
something that you’ve never done before; be it bungee jumping, or eating exotic
food, or socializing with the locals. Leaving your comfort zone is all part of
the journey that makes your gap year travel as exciting as it can be.