The impact of ‘travel’ on society cannot be underestimated, not just in terms of the opportunities it opens up to us for exploration and enjoyment, but also for the impact it has on an individual’s perceptions of the world and of the societies that exist within it. My desire to be a part of this vibrant movement has been with me for many years and the opportunity to study Tourism Management to learn how the industry is fuelled and how the economy, humans and cultures interact, is an opportunity that I have fully embraced over the last three years at Anglia Ruskin.
I have not had the most conventional university experience…
I lived in halls first year and found myself on a journey of self-discovery including many burnt pots, pans and even pasta (I thought that was impossible!), trying and failing to budget my student loan and creating lifelong friends from the UK and overseas, especially Brazil. I hope to start travelling in June and visit all of my friends I made in halls and keep in contact with over WhatsApp and Skype.
I have eaten my body weight in instant noodles and drunk my weight in coffee to power through overnighters in the library to reach deadlines. The first few weeks I felt lost and overwhelmed with responsibility (including learning how to use a washing machine), however, I got stuck in with uni life and my course and finished first year with a first.
I spent my first summer basically living in a tent hopping between various festivals throughout the UK as both a punter (paying customer) and volunteer. I also went to Budapest, took part in the Colour Run in London and volunteered at The Grande Depart of the Tour de France in Cambridge.
First semester of second year I took the brave decision to study abroad on ERASMUS in Finland and it was the best decision I have ever made. Finland is like no other country I have ever visited, it has an abundance of forests and lakes and a lack of people (only 5 million inhabitants).
After getting the travel bug and feel for freezing temperatures, I was home for two weeks and went to Bulgaria on a skiing holiday.
My second summer as a student I spent in Italy, Ibiza, Morocco and France as well as tent hopping between festivals volunteering again.
I am in my final year now, the pressure is on, there aren’t enough minutes in the day to get everything done and I don’t have a lot of time to travel, but I have tried to travel the UK a little. Like they say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone and I realised this whilst I was in Finland.
I hope my first few blogs have given you an insight into who I am, my interests and uni experience. I will continue to portray my three years through six weekly blogs. See you soon!