Hello guys! It’s Jose again, reporting to you live from a little island off of our beautiful home country. That’s right, I snuck out to do a little more travelling. Oops. Oh well, let’s hope you guys are too.
I have one final blog post to write, so will make the most of this opportunity to share some quick final tips to help enjoy your final weeks of university holidays.
Do NOT bring too many of your study books on your holidays. It is good to bring some, however, I have lost quite a few and they are not cheap to replace.
GETTING YOUR UNI BOOKS
If you decide to extend your holiday, ensure you find a safe avenue to get your books shipped out to you. Orchestrating and tracking international shipping is hard at the best of times. Try and find a friend or relative to bring them over. Or, get in touch with your SRO or the USQ library to discuss ways you can access your course materials from overseas.
Do not be afraid to dive in and experience local restaurants. As long as you don’t see your food fall on the floor and you’re not being served by a monkey, you will be perfectly fine. Side note: I have been served by a monkey before. Not as fun as it sounds. If your waiter is a monkey, smile, wave and whatever you do, do not eat the food.
TRAVEL & TECHNOLOGY
Allow technology to help you, but be careful not to allow it to consume your holiday. Don’t be one of those travellers who are more focused on photographing the perfect Facebook display picture than enjoying the view.
However, there is an app that I recently discovered that I would highly suggest downloading before you venture out to explore new lands. It is called AroundAbout (@aroundaboutapp).
This travel app solves a problem that has troubled travellers for generations: too much to see and not enough time, by economising your time and showing you a plethora of options available in your area.
Not sure where to eat? AroundAbout It! Need a new activity? AroundAbout it! Fancy a cocktail or good cup of coffee? AroundAbout it!
It is so simple that anyone, even a monkey waiter, could use it to SEE and DO MORE on their holidays when time is limited. If there is one thing that I have learned in 10 years on the road, it is that TIME is the most valuable of commodities.
Travel for as long as you can. Travel has been and always will be the greatest of motivators to show you what you truly want. It also inspires you to see things differently and you will learn a lot, and then you’ll be able to bring this new found knowledge to your university studies!
With that my friends, I bid you farewell and for your own sake, go, enjoy your time and do NOT waste a second of it.
José R. Bishop
(ON STRANGER SHORES http://www.onstrangershores.com)