Your Questions Answered..
During the course of my year, I received countless DM’s, emails, and messages from my followers and subscribers asking me how I made my year abroad possible, and below I’ve selected the questions I was asked the most!
@c.essx : “How did you start travelling? and how exactly did you travel?”
Though travelling the world has always been a dream of mine, I never thought I would have been given the opportunity to do so at 19. My degree allowed me to do a year abroad as part of my second year at university – and with this, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Not only will I be serving my degree, but also travelling at the same time. Why not hit two birds with one stone!
To the second part of the question: I had no plans. I would wake up one day and decide it was time to move on, and so we would book our tickets and be on the next flight.
@kyladelaarosa: “What do you study?”
Politics and International Relations.
@alexnyla_01: “How did you afford it?”
My most asked question! When it comes to the financial side of travelling, I must admit I wasn’t the most sensible.
Firstly, I was out in Southeast Asia, and already – the Pound Sterling is worth a tremendous amount when you compare the standard of living.
When you hear the word ‘travelling’, you often associate this with back packing – And though I did do this at one point.. other times, I was able to live comfortably due to conversion rates. I made a budget for every month, and stuck to it – this way I could never mess up the following month’s expenses, and this allowed me to visit as many countries as possible.
Furthermore, I’ve worked from the age of 16, and was lucky enough to finance myself, not to mention my amazingly supportive parents who have been by my side through everything!
@chel_xoxo: “I’m doing a study abroad semester next year and wanted to ask how you balanced work and travel?”
My University was based in Malaysia, hence why I spent so much time in Kuala Lumpur as this was my base. During term time, I would travel within the country itself, with the odd travels outside the country – however when term was off – Siri was also off lmao.
I knew I couldn’t mess around during my second year of University as your percentage counts towards your final grade, and therefore I would work my little a** off and reward myself with a flight to a new country once I had completed my assignments or sat an exam!
Lets face it, who is paying 9k a year to study and come out with crap grades? Definitely not me. – This kept me motivated!
@auriiiii: “Were there moments where you had to cope with being completely alone/ feel lonely and how did you overcome this?”
Although I travelled out there with others, it finally came to a point where every person began making their way back home to the UK. I remember so vividly the day Rebecca and Mariyan (my two best travelling buddies) both boarded a flight back to the UK together and left me alone in Malaysia.
As their taxi departed – I cried. Real tears.
I walked back upstairs to my room, sat on my bed and never felt so alone in my life. Thousands of miles away from home – in a country that was so different from my own. However, it was at this point did I really find myself.
I took the feeling of being ‘alone’ and turned it into independence. I went sightseeing by myself – kept myself occupied and before I knew it – I was a new person lmao.
Being alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing – you learn so much about yourself it’s unbelievable.
@tarisaim: “What’s the best country in Southeast Asia to visit?”
This question. To this day, I still cannot answer.
However, if I MUST give an answer – I’d have to base it on a country which changed my perspective on life the most – the answer being Vietnam.
I was absolutely blown away by Vietnam. If you read my blogpost about my visit – you’d know why. I adored the food, the people, the infrastructure and the overall ambience.
Also, at this point during my travels, I began to feel a little home sick, and Vietnam couldn’t have come at a better time. The people made me feel so at home – their smiles and positivity warmed to me, and for that I am so thankful I visited.
I hope the above answers helped to give you more perspective on my year abroad.
Don’t hesitate to email, or contact me if you want to know anything else in depth!