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The Reality of Budget Travel as a Couple

Being a student is a costly endeavour and you may be wondering how to afford a holiday with a part time job at best. So here’s a list of things we did as a couple to lower costs but keep the adventure.

WHERE?

Start by thinking about flight prices. It may be easier to stick close to home to keep flight costs low.

Look at the differences in the living costs in each country you wish to visit. One way of doing this is using the Big Mac Index, which can be useful!

Keep your time in large cities to a minimum.

Don’t forget about travelling between places. Night trains are perfect as you get accommodation for the night and you sleep through the travelling.

ACCOMMODATION

Stick to hostels or Airbnbs. We stayed in hostels in the cities as we wanted to make friends and enjoy the nightlife. We then stayed in Airbnbs for more privacy and relaxation.

Make sure Airbnbs have a small kitchenette or kitchen to cook food yourself.

FOOD AND DRINK

We learnt the hard way that a kitchen in an airbnb is essential to keeping costs low. (I would not recommend cooking pasta in a kettle…)

Find where your closest supermarket is and stick to a daily budget.

Cheap foods to have in mind; cereal for breakfasts and lunches such as cold meats, cheese, tomatoes and bread.

Don’t forget to treat yourselves sometimes.

ACTIVITIES

Although it can be nice, try to avoid tourist areas for activities.

Hiking and simply spending time on the beach, playing games or cards is free and fun!

Top 5 Tips to Deal with Stress and Anxiety During Exam Season

Getting stressed around examinations and deadlines is completely normal and sometimes a little stress can be good for productivity. However, there is a limit to how much your body can endure. Here are 5 tips to manage stress and anxiety during exam periods.

  1. Organise your days. Most exam periods you will not have lectures or lessons so keeping a structure is important to help you feel in control. And don’t forget to structure in downtime!
  2. Prioritise each deadline or exam effectively and personally to you. You may need more practise with one exam or one essay may take longer than the others so factor this time in and use it effectively.
  3. Make time for downtime. Listening to a meditation music for a few minutes when you become too stressed or overwhelmed can help you feel better and increase your productivity. 
  4. Get enough sleep! I know it may sound cliché but sleep is when your brain processes the information you have learnt that day. If you don’t sleep enough, learning and recall will become harder.
  5. Don’t revise on the day of the exam. It may be useful to read over condensed notes you have made but you should allow yourself to relax just before you go into an exam. Keeping your head clear will allow you to recall information clearly and efficiently without the overlaying anxiety blurring your memory.

Good Luck!

The Secret to Being Productive at University

University can be overwhelming at times with balancing deadlines, social life and down-time. In order to be a productive student, you need to get this balance just right. 

Planning is an essential part of organising your day so that you can use every minute effectively in order to reach your goals, long-term and short-term.

THE SECRET

Divide your day into 30 minute segments from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.

I know that sounds daunting but bare with me! Here are some points to get you started:

  1. Write out the 30 minute slots on a piece of paper, planner or writing a note on your phone so you always have it with you.
  2. Go through a normal day, filling in each slot with what you do naturally – Be honest with yourself here, this is the foundation of productivity!
  3. At the end of the day, go through the areas where you were least productive and learn from it. Why were you not productive? Do you need more down-time?
  4. Make a new day of time slots and this time PLAN the next day out based on what you have learnt from the previous day.

A ‘To Do’ list is a good place to begin planning each day. Write out what you wish to achieve by the end of the day and tailor your time to those targets. Make sure the to do list is achievable or you will not feel as productive. Feeling productive is half the battle.

Don’t forget about down-time and your social life – plan time to do things you enjoy!

How to plan an Asian International Holiday on a budget

Asia is my favourite continent to travel to, so I wanted to create a post to help others visit and see the beauty of this diverse continent. It has quickly become a popular destination in recent years but many people pass on the opportunity to visit this amazing continent as they think “I can’t afford that!”.  This post is a step by step guide I use to travel to Asia on a student budget .

  1. Research

Choose where you want to go:

Decide what type of Asian holiday you want. There are countries in Asia that are known for being very cheap to fly to and to travel in . Finding a destination that is both, won’t be difficult.

Choose when you want to go.

  • Traveling during off-peak times are the best for your budget. Be mindful and check the weather and season before you buy an off-peak ticket.

Create a budget

  • I can’t tell you what budget works best for you but you should decide what is feasible and realistic for you. Check your destination and see the average per day spending  there.

Find Accommodation

  • Most people think that to save money your best bet is a hostel but that isn’t always true. In some countries, hotels can be quite cheap and guesthouses are another viable option. Check those first before you check for a hostel.
  1. Book it.
  2. Enjoy your holiday

I hope this has helped you. Let me know down below where in Asia would you go on your holiday.

3 Ways To Start A ‘Side Hustle’ For Busy University Students

According to NY Post, 50% of millennials have a side hustle already, turning to remote and flexible work that fits around their studies or jobs. Many have even turned their side hustles into full time businesses.

3 Ways to Start a Side Hustle For Busy University Students
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If you are anything like me, I needed a job, but there was no way I could commit to 16 hours or more a week, get work experience in my industry, be a full-time, busy student and afford to live.

Here are my top 3 Side-Hustles:

1. Social Media Evaluator

Just what it says on the tin, companies will actually pay you to review ads, videos, websites and social media pages. You choose how many hours you want to do and many projects can be completed on your phone. The company I work for is called Appen.

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2. Brand Ambassador

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Agencies often hire students to promote to other students. They work with big brands, the work is varied and the best part? You can choose when and where you want to work. I worked for Campus Industries, however there are plenty of agencies to choose from.

3. Freelance Writing

Many newspapers, online blogs and magazines will often accept proposals from new writers if they offer a fresh perspective to their readers. Writers and Artists’ Year Book, has been my bible for freelance writing. It is an annual comprehensive guide of how to submit work and the types of pieces companies are looking for.

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Whilst these are a few I have personally tried and tested, there is a side hustle for absolutely everyone.

Are there any side hustles that you have tried and enjoyed? Share your ideas by commenting below!

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How An Entrepreneurial Skill Set Can Help You Get That Graduate Job

Is your graduation slowly approaching and you’re panicking about what to do after University? Perhaps you are a proactive student looking to build up your skill set?

So why are Entrepreneurial skill sets relevant to you?

Increasingly more people are attending University every year meaning a high grade does not guarantee a graduate can walk into their desired job anymore. Graduates with entrepreneurial skills and mindsets according to Target Jobs are highly sought after by employers.

Behind every business is an entrepreneur. However an entrepreneur does not have to own a big successful business to have an Entrepreneurial skillset. According to Forbes, an entrepreneur has a group of 8 recognised skills (the 8 P’s) (see diagram by Forbes above).

How can you learn and demonstrate these skills?

  1. You might possess some of these skills already. Draw out a mind map and identify your current skillset. How would you demonstrate your skills to a prospective employer?

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2. If not, how can you gain those skills? Societies are a brilliant way of doing this, can you get involved with a student led social enterprise such as Enactus? Or a sports team to demonstrate team work?

3. Skills are transferable, working in retail, cafes, pubs etc is a brilliant example of people skills. You are engaging with customers and placing their needs at the forefront.

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4. You could even set up a ‘Side Hustle’ and put those Entrepreneurial skills into action, see my post for creative ideas on starting one.

Comment below on what your entrepreneur mind map and action plan looks like.

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