The idea of living and travelling abroad can seem daunting and out of reach at times, especially for students already living on a budget in their home country. Luckily, there are an abundance of online resources to help alleviate some of this stress, as well as provide inspiration and tips for making the most of your time abroad. Below, you will find some great student-oriented links to information about living, traveling, working, and having fun abroad.
SFU subscribes to this online resource for its students. All you need to do is log in with your SFU user ID and password and start searching. Going Global provides country guides, as well as an internship and job search tool that is useful for finding a self-directed co-op position. Updated regularly, this site is definitely worth a look for future international co-op and outgoing exchange students. Be sure to take advantage of your SFU subscription before you graduate!
Students in Europe
This blog is by students, for students, and provides daily travel inspiration and tips. Some posts are as short as a stunning photo and cutline, while others incorporate the best spots to dine in a respective city. For those of you living, studying, or working in Europe, this blog is something you should definitely check out.
Verge Magazine, North America's magazine for exploring international study, work, and volunteer opportunities, offers numerous online articles and resources. The magazine also hosts an annual photo contest, which is worth checking out. Some articles of interest include: planning a gap year, searching for international internships, and volunteering abroad.
Lonely Planet Blogs
The ever-popular publisher of travel guide books, Lonely Planet, offers inspiring blogs for daily doses of online inspiration.
New York Times: Frugal Traveler Blog
Self-explanatory, this blog is all about travel on the cheap. Blogger Matt Gross shares his tips for staying, eating, and sightseeing on a budget. Great for the student traveller!
Gadling offers quirky tips and ideas for travel in the unexpected. From a daily photo posting, to hotel reviews and international travel news, Gadling is updated frequently and a source of daily travel entertainment.
Spotted by Locals
Focussing on European capitals, this site offers tips for experiencing cities in a less-touristy fashion. Visit this site to find out how to live like the locals and maximize your intercultural experience abroad.
Ultimate Packing List
Not sure what to pack for your international adventure? Check out this online source for all things packing and get some great tips on how to pack light and right.