Tag: How to

How to afford travelling as a student (even when you’re broke)

As Im writing from my third travel destination this summer, some of you have been asking me how it is possible to travel so much as a student? We all know, now is not the time we as students have a lot of money, even with student jobs. But I’m here to tell you it is possible to see the world while being broke all the time:

The first thing I wanna talk about is priorities. We all have them, and they’re all different. Its what we’re passionate about and what we put before anything else. For some its music, instruments, concerts etc. For others its education, assignments, putting school always first. For others its make up, social life or clothes. For me, its travelling. I don’t really spend a lot of money on e.g. clothes or make-up. I might buy a new dress now and then, but its definitely not where most of my money goes. And just by maybe spending bit less on the things you buy from month to month, it can actually end up being enough for a flight ticket!

When I go abroad, Im always looking or possibilities for being to able to stay somewhere without having to pay. Whether its staying with a friend, doing it for charity or volunteering, its really a money saver – as Im volunteering here in Israel I get a place to stay AND food, and ad you read in my last post, it really helps since food is so expensive here. You might not want to having to work or help while you’re travelling, but I gotta tell you it can be a way to make it cheaper for you. And there are so many different kind of volunteer jobs out there, so its just about finding something you’d really like to do. In some ways I believe volunteering or staying with someone you know, can teach you more than just staying at some fancy hotel somewhere. Its definitely one of my favourite ways to go new places.

When looking for flight tickets, it can always be a good idea to go to an overall page, which resembles all flights and find you the cheapest one. I personally prefer Momondo, but there’s loads out there for you to use.

Coachsurfing or hitchhiking are both great alternatives as well. With couch-surfing you can get lucky and get a super nice host who will take you around the place, sometimes you even get your own room! Other times you really do just get a couch, but when its for free thats really nothing to complain about. I know a lot are afraid of hitchhiking, especially girls. I used to be one of them. And Im not saying you shouldn’t be careful, but as long as you’re being sensible and smart, its really a great way to travel!

Moreover, if your preferred destinations are cities, google the things you wanna see before hand. A lot of cities has free days for turist attractions, or are student friendly. For example, in Paris most turist attractions are free for European citizens and students between 18-26. The only thing I really had to pay for while working there was practically the Eiffel Tower – and even that was only like €16!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll be able to go on many travels from now on! – if you have any questions, feel free to comment below 😉

How to apply for university in the U.K.

Hello darlings!

So a couple of you have been asking me how you apply to universities in the U.K. I know if you are from the U.K., you can get a lot of help from your school, but if not you might have to do it all on your own.
However, I want to recommend to go to ucas.com, which is the website from where you’ll apply. They have some really good tutorials and contact information if you need any help.

It’s very different from country to country how you apply for university. In Denmark there’s two ways, where the first is strictly about your final grade from college. The second way is more similar to the way it’s done in the U.K. The grade does matter, and there is always a  grade point average you need to reach, but it is not all you need. I’ve made an easy 5-steps guide for you here, and if you have any questions, just comment below!

  1. Start by register on UCAS.
    All university applications in the U.K. goes through Ucas. Filling in your application is the first step for you to do, once you’ve decided what you want to study and where.
  2. Find a course you want to study. Even though the university you choose might be important, finding the right course for you is possibly the most imprtant stage. UCAS has an exellent search page, where you’ll be able to check out your options.
  3. From March to September, you should spend some time researching  universities. The U.K. has many great options, and even though many people look after the big universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Kings College London, there’s many other universities who might fit you better. Open days, conferences and conventions also take place in these months, which is a great opportunity for you to check out the universities you might be interested in.
  4. Once you have decided wich course or university you would like to apply for, you should start on your application. That includes a motivation letter, filling out the application forms on UCAS and a recomendation letter, typically from your teacher. Even though you can apply for up to 5 universties/courses at once, there’s only room for one motivation letter.
  5. The 15th of january is the deadline to apply for most universities, so you need to have it send by then – that’s the last step, to send your application and wait for repply.

As to when the university will apply, the deadline is often in may, depending on the university. However, in my experience, if you’re from another country that the U.K. you might get your answer later than the applicants coming from the U.K. You would also need to take an eglish test on academic level, if you’re from a country whoe first language isnt english.

Thats all for now, and I wish you the best of luck for your applications! xx

 

How to pack for a year abroad or My packing list

Happiness is…

… Packing for an adventure somewhere far.

Time is really flying and there is only 4 days left for me now 😮 Then I’ll be in Paris! I think I’ve made it to do most of the things I wanted to do before I’m leaving Denmark, except for one thing: saying goodbye. That’ll be a harsh one!
But other than making yourself ready mentally there is also a lot of practical things that needs to be done before moving abroad. Such as packing. Ugh!
I have a big room at home, so my sister will get it once I leave. Therefore I won’t just have to pack my luggage for the next year, I’ll also have to pack everything else in boxes and put them away. But to be honest, the hardest thing is to pack your luggage for the next year. I mean, I’ll have to predict and guess what will be important for me to have for the next year. And I’ll have to be extremely picky, cause I only have 1 luggage! (and handbags of course.) But since I’m really bad at that, really bad at deciding what is important and what I should leave at home, I’ve made a packing list for myself, with inspiration from the sweet Maria (read about her here ). I’ve shared it with you here:

15226589_10209329082918916_759086752_n

As you can see, I’ve really tried only to pack the essentials. And stuff like shampoo and conditioner I would only pack in travel size so you have for the first couple of days, cause that is something you can easily buy once you get there. When it comes to make-up, I have only packed the most expensive and used ones, cause it can really take a lot of place, and again you can easily buy it when you have arrived. The same goes for creams like bodylotion etc. I’m allowed to have 23 kg with, and when I weighed the luggage yesterday, it was 22,2! Hope I won’t think of anything else I also have to pack.. 😉

A bientôt!

Have you seen my instagram yet?
Follow me on Lizziehusum and follow my life in Paris!

When there is 14 days left or my last days in Denmark

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying! I look at my countdown app every day, but it still feels so crazy. I’ve been talking about being an Au pair for almost two years and I can’t believe it’s actually gonna happen. But at the same time I’m also a bit sad, because there is a lot of people and things I need to say goodbye to at first. This house I’m living in has been my home my entire life, and now it’s time to change it for something new. But I’ve made a list of 8 things I want to do before I leave:

  1. Say goodbye. I think it’s moments like these when you really realize how many relationships you have in your life. There are so many people I’m trying to have my last goodbye with before I leave, and hopefully I will be able to make it to them all.
  2. Let go. Starting a new chapter somehow always seems like a good chance to let go. Let go of things and people you shouldn’t have in your life anymore, and have start a brand new chapter in your life.
  3. Take a walk in the Danish nature. Even though we don’t have a lot of mountains or deep lakes in Denmark, I’m still in love with the nature here. You can find some really good spots, and I would like to have a final walk around my home.
  4. Make a packing list. To pack for a year abroad is really challenging. But to make sure I won’t miss anything important and have my priorities right, I’d make a packing list.
  5. Make sure everything about the language course is ready. When living in France I think it’s really important to attend a language course – not a lot Frenchmen speak English, and to communicate with the children it is important to know the language they speak. I will make sure my application is all done, so the only thing left is start once I arrive in France.
  6. Make sure your passport doesn’t run out in the year you are away. If it does, I think I would renew it before leaving, that would make things easier anyway. Unsubscribe everything. Netflix, viaplay, Spotify – whatever it is I would prefer not to have any bills to pay at home while I’m away.
  7. Essential items and money. Make sure you’re ready for all suprises: have money enough so you have a way of paying for unexpected bills. Have your credit cards, travel cards and cash ready.

I have 14 days left, and hopefully I will make all 8 things on my list. Do you have some final things you’re hoping to do before leaving for your year abroad?
A bientôt!

How to become an au pair of Where I found my host family

I was halfway through my gymnasium when I realized that what I wanted to do in my gap year: become an au pair in France. That was my first step, and perhaps the easiest. The next thing to do, was to find a family who would host me. And that is far more easy said that done. Even then, there are so many more steps after that,and I’ve written some of them in this post:

  1. First you need to have your priorities right. Like where do you want to go (for me it was Paris), how many children you would like to take care of (for example a maximum number), what age they should be and so on. Since I’ve always been best with younger once, I really wanted to find a family with small children, preferable a baby.
  2. Next I had to find a place where I could find my family. First I thought the reasonable thing to do would be to go through an agency and I started looking at different ones on the internet. But then one day I got to talk with a girl who had been au pairing in Australia, and she told me that you use so much money on an agency, and it’s actually not that hard to find a family on your own. That was the first time I heard about Aupairworld. If you are either considering becoming an au pair or getting one, I really recommend you this website. Thousands of au pairs and families are registered on this website, where you can freely search for what you’re looking for. That’s how I found my dream family: a family with 3 children, 1 at 4, 1 at 2 and a baby boy, just 30 minutes outside of Paris.
  3. Then you need to get in contact with the family. I wrote a lot with my family, asked them many questions about them. Questions about their lives as well as their expectations for their au pair. Because I’ve heard all the scary stories of au pairs expecting an amazing year, but to find out that their own expectations were not at all the same as the families. So my advice would be to make sure you have everything cleared out, so you and the host family both are expecting the same.
  4. Along with the writing and questions, another thing I found very important was conversation. I’ve talked to my host-mom over the phone, and sometimes it was just small talk to get to know each other. I mean you’re going to live with them for a year, so to be sure you get along with them, is really important.
  5. Get your contract right. ‘Cause even though you think you have it all cleared out, it is really important with some ground rules. Also if you’re afraid that the family will use you as a house maid or something. – the contract is the safe net for both you and your host-family

Those are the steps I’ve made so far. Since I’m not leaving until september 3rd, I guess I will have to wait for the final step: to go there and live!