1.WHERE TO GO?
Choosing where to go on holiday can be difficult. You need to
take a lot of things into consideration, the main thing being
price. Flights to destinations may be cheap, but the cost of
living (food, drinks, activities) may be extortionate. When
shopping around for destinations, remember to look into the
price of living. Living in London gives us great assess to amazing
European destinations. Europe is a great place to travel as a
student, and often doesn't require a visa, and the flights are
usually cheap and quick.
2. HOW TO GET THERE?
Look into how is best to travel to your destination. It is easy to
get sucked into all inclusive deals done by travel agencies but
sometimes this doesn't work out cheaper. Flights leaving
London are usually quite cheap, but sometimes returning back
to London can cost up to £300! Look into flying to London via
different cities. Flights to Dublin from places in Europe can be
quite cheap, and then get a connecting flight to London. This
may seem very long winded but it could save you at least a
3. WHERE TO STAY?
Finding a place to stay whilst abroad I find to be the most time
consuming part of my holiday. Firstly, check location, you've
decided what country you're going to, you need to pick an area
in which you want to say. (TOP TIP: Tourist areas will be more
expensive). Look into all types of accommodation; hotels,
hostels, B'nB's and apartments. Like flights, it's important to
shop around to find the best deal. There will usually always be
something you might need to compromise on, but don't dwell.
Try to STAY WITH FRIENDS, often i've gone away and been lucky
enough to have a friend in that country that will let me crash on
their sofa, this almost halves the cost of my holiday. Hostels are
a great place to stay whilst on holiday, usually very cheap and
full of young people they have a great atmosphere and are
often very cheap! HostelWorld and HostelBooking are great
websites to search for hostels in your desired city.
4. WHAT TO DO?
Usually most of my spending money goes on doing activities
throughout my holiday. However I've found if you book online
and in advance you usually get a cheeky discount. Look into
things to do within the city you're going to and see if there is
any way you can get a discount. Free activities are usually the
best ones! Especially for a student, many cities have amazing
markets, parks, and sites to be seen that can often be reached
on foot, or are even better to see on foot.
5. WHAT TO PACK?!
This is my biggest struggle. With my wardrobe being twice the
size of me, I find it almost impossible to pack light. If you can,
fly with cabin baggage only, on some airlines it could save you
£40. Cabin baggage technically means you can have a cabin bag
and then a handbag (for us girls) or just an additional bag for
you boys, this means that you can also put clothes in your
additional bag. They rarely weigh cabin baggage (if they weigh
yours don't blame me please!) so the main aim is fitting your
clothes into the bag rather than it weighing the required
weight. This goes without saying, wear your heaviest clothes;
jeans, jumper, jacket, trainers. You always need more tops than
you need bottoms.
6. WHAT TO DRINK AND EAT?
Another massive expense on holiday is food and drink.
Depending on your accommodation there are a few things you
can do to save money. Drinking water‐ check whether it is safe to
drink the tap water, if it is don't waste money on juice, just
drink the water and remember to fill up a bottle of water for
when you go out to save money on buying water when out.
Food‐ if your accommodation has cooking facilities, try and
cook, if there is a large group of you it often works out cheaper
to all chip in a cook dinner rather than going out for a meal.
Alcohol‐ depending on the country alcohol can either be very
cheap or very expensive, don't spend recklessly on something
that isn't a necessity.
I have been in Sweden for 10 weeks tomorrow. It is crazy to think the time has flown by so quickly. One one hand it feels like I've only just arrived, but on the other it feels as if I have been here for years.
Mostly I have been spending my time with my new friends, partying and socialising. I have met some amazing people here and it seems that there is always something going on that we want to do, whether it is a sittning (a famous Swedish tradition of a three course sit down meal) at a nation (a Swedish club or society) or a bike ride around the beautiful local countryside.
The university work has begun to get pretty tough, and I am having to spend some evenings in the library due to my laptop being broken. It can be quite frustrating when studying at a foreign university to access basic things like a computer in a library. When everything is written in Swedish, it can be difficult to understand even the basic information like how to register for a library card. There is always help available though, so make sure you seek it out if you're ever in a similar situation on Erasmus.
Before I came, lots of people warned me that it was an expensive country. But you only really appreciate this 10 weeks in, when you're running out of money and shampoo costs 4 pounds. I think any advice I would give to a new student coming to Lund, is to be careful with your money in the beginning of term, and of course stock up on shampoo from the Pound shop back home!
I am very much enjoying my time here and it has already been more than I could ever have expected. I have done so many new things and I really admire the Swedish way of life. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and it's just got a completely different vibe to back home. I really reccommend Lund to any law student who is considering Erasmus in their future. You will not regret it one bit.
Write soon, Chelsey :)
Five weeks has gone so fast! By the time I know it I'll be in my third year! If I could buy one thing right now it would be time, I've been juggling revision and an exciting new work project which is taking up a lot of time. But I guess it's better to be busy than bored so I shouldn't complain!
Since starting back at uni again my favorite module has definitely got to be "Mental health and brain function" we are learning about personality disorders and all the things I find fascinating!
I'm also having to start thinking about what I want to do with my degree as I'm planning on doing some work experience in the coming months I will most probably try and find something related to mental health!
Psychology students now have a social space every Friday which students studying psychology in every year can now go to, which I regrettably haven't made it to yet, as I think it would be really good to have a chat with some of the older students.
All in all I'm really enjoying my second year even though there is a lot more pressure.
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