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Celia Peón started her BA in English Literature at the University of Oviedo. When her experience as an exchange student at Hull was over, she transferred universities and completed her degree in May 2018. Currently studying Marketing and Advertising at the University of Hull.

How to travel on a budget

Who doesn’t love travelling? Seeing new places, trying exotic foods, experiencing different cultures… it all sounds amazing until you realise you are a student and you have zero money. The reality is that expanding your horizons and creating new memories doesn’t have to cost a fortune. To help you get the most out of your future travels, here is a list of some useful tips that will help you save money:

  1. Travel off-peak. ✈️

Most plane tickets are very expensive during holidays, so try to look for tickets during other seasons that are not Christmas, Easter and the summer months. According to a report made by the travel search engine Kayak, you can save up to 57% if you book at the right time. Plus, it will be less crowded.

  1. Look for “secondary” destinations. 🗺📍

More often, we look for holidays in the most popular cities while we ignore other not-so-popular destinations. Next time you are looking to stay in a popular city, try search around the map for towns nearby – they may surprise you! For example, in Spain, Guadalajara is a secondary destination for Madrid.

  1. Ask the locals. 🗣

In every city there is a wide range of free activities to do that, we, as tourist, don’t know about. For this, there are great free apps such as Localeur and Spotted By Locals which provide you with suggestions and tips from locals.

What about you? Do you have any tips and tricks to save money while travelling? Share them in the comments below!

Pictures provided by Pixabay.

How to learn languages fast

Have you ever given up on learning a new language because it was too hard and you felt overwhelmed? That’s a common feeling for most of us. Nevertheless, there are some tips and tricks that you can use that will make the process easier and quicker:

1. Watch movies in their original version and focus on the subtitles.📝🎥

From my personal experience, this is one of the best ways to have fun while learning languages. Not only are you watching a show, but reading the subtitles and listening to the pronunciation will help you more than you think, especially if you take notes (about new vocabulary, grammar, etc) while watching the show.

  1. Use language learning apps.📱

Nowadays there are many free apps that you can easily download and use on your phone. Duolingo and Babble are two popular options that will allow you to learn on the go, from anywhere you want and in an interactive way.

  1. Talk to locals.🗣

Even though it can be embarrassing if you don’t trust your abilities, talking to local people is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the culture and learn. If you can’t afford to travel to that country, Hull university has more than 1,300 international students from over 100 different countries, and some of them are happy to have a mutually beneficial conversation with you! Hull university offers plenty of resources for you to practice with someone else.

What about you? Are there any techniques that have helped you? Share them down below!

Architecture, tapas, and culture: a guide to Oviedo

When people ask me whereabouts Spain I am from, I always get the same answer: “I’ve never heard of it!”. Most people only know about Madrid and Barcelona, nonetheless, Spain is full of beautiful places to be discovered – such as Oviedo. This medium-sized old city was founded in 762, it is located in the north of the country, and it has about 200.000 citizens. Here is a list of the top three places worth visiting in Oviedo:

  1. Santa María del Naranco.⛪️

In this city you can see some of the oldest Christian buildings in Spain, such as the “Santa Maria del Naranco” church. Its construction finished in 848 and you can visit it for only 3 euros.

2. Restaurant “La Sureña”.🍻🥘

If you are a student in a low budget, you will love this restaurant as much as I do. Situated in the city centre, it offers all kinds of tapas for every taste – and prices are not higher than 5/6 euros for each plate!

3. Archaeological museum.🎟

Oviedo has plenty of free museums (perfect if you are a student in a low budget), but the archaeological museum is, by far, my favourite. It was established in 1844 and it displays elements from all major cultural periods – from prehistory to our modern times. The picture below is a sculpture from the IX century:

 

What about you? Have you ever visited Spain? If so, let me know in the comment section below!