It’s possible to earn your degree while you travel – it just takes a little focus and hard work. Studying online and travel can be fun and rewarding – here’s how!
For most people, the prospect of studying online while traveling the world just doesn’t seem like a good idea. We all know that studying requires a lot of time, hard work, and dedication and, if you are jet-setting to amazing destinations, you may find it even more difficult to focus on your studies.
However, in a world that is becoming even more remote, studying online while traveling doesn’t have to be as impossible you might think.
Therefore, if you are stuck between the decision of staying at home and studying for a degree or going traveling and exploring everything the world has to offer, then believe us when we tell you that you can have both. Of course, we aren’t saying that it will be easy since no degree is!
But with our tips and advice, you can make it work and complete your travels with a degree on your resume.
Choose the Right Course for You
First, you need to be realistic about the type of course that is right for you. While you may have had your eye on a physical course at a local university, this isn’t going to work well if you plan to be away from home a lot. Instead, you need a course that is flexible, remote, and that you can study and participate in no matter your location.
Therefore, we suggest that you get enrolled in an online course, such as a master of public safety course at Wilfrid Laurier University. This is the perfect way to learn in your own time, but still, have access to the support you need to help you complete the course.
Have the Right Technology
If there is one thing that you can’t live without when studying while traveling, it is technology. To be fair, most of us struggle to live without our smartphones anyway, but you are going to need the right equipment while you are away to support you in your studies.
Your smartphone is always great to have around when traveling anyway so that you can contact home and have access to emergency services if necessary. But a smartphone is also a great way to check your emails and keep up to date with any course updates while you are away.
We would also recommend that you have a laptop with you so that you can attend virtual lectures and complete and submit assignments. But don’t forget that you will need to get some international adapters for your technology equipment so that you can use it wherever you end up.
Plan Your Trips Around Your Study Requirements
While studying online does give you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy new countries and cities while still being committed to learning, you should take the time to plan your itinerary in advance.
For example, if you know that you have exams and essays due at the end of the month, it may not be a great idea to plan an action-filled pack weekend. Instead, by putting the time aside to get your studying tasks completed, you can fully enjoy your excursions afterward.
Make the Most of Your Summer Break
Of course, when studying for a degree, you don’t have to be in (virtual) attendance all year round and can make the most of the breaks that are available. For example, if you have a big summer break coming up, why not make this the time that you are going to go away?
Even if your trip is for longer than the summer break, you can take this time to get settled in your new location before your studies start again. University summer holidays usually last from around June/July to September so this gives you plenty of time to do some traveling before school starts again.
Take a Semester Abroad
A lot of students feel strongly about wanting to spend as much time as possible overseas traveling while they are young and before they are tied down by a full-time job. Therefore, many university courses now offer a semester abroad as part of the course. This is particularly common if you decide to take a language module alongside your main studies.
If you are considering studying abroad, but don’t know if you feel comfortable being away from home for the whole duration of your course, then a semester abroad may be the perfect option for you. However, be sure to investigate whether your course offers this experience ahead of signing up.
Otherwise, you may need to look at different opportunities that are available such as the Erasmus programme or other international travel programs in the US.
Use Your Downtime Wisely
We all need to enjoy some downtime, but it is important to know when it is time to stop relaxing and turn off Netflix and pick up your university book and get some work done. We are all guilty of not always spending our downtime as wisely as we could but, if you want to make studying while traveling work, this is going to be a skill you need to learn to master.
For example, while you are traveling, whether by plane, train, or bus, we recommend that you spend this time getting ahead on your studies by doing some reading. While it can be tempting to just sit back and listen to your favorite Spotify playlist, by making better use of your traveling time, you can juggle your responsibilities easier.
This will also help to ensure that you don’t fall too far behind while you are traveling and having fun so that you don’t find yourself with a huge pile of books to read with only a few days in which to read them.
If you are keen to see the world and immerse yourself in different cultures and countries, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you must neglect your studies. By enrolling in an online course and managing your time effectively while you are away, you can make it work and have the best of both worlds.