5 Top Skills For Student Travellers

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Are your Gap Year plans slowly falling back into place as travel restrictions ease? 

On top of checking entry requirements, making accommodation plans and packing all the essential kit, perhaps now is also a good time to learn some new skills so that you can work, volunteer and integrate into life abroad with ease. 

If you’re nodding your head whilst reading this article, experiencing wanderlust cravings and itching to get abroad, then read on for our top five skills for student travelers!

1. Digital skills

Even as the physical world opens up, in many nations more of our lives will remain online than ever before. 

Despite the reappearance of all those dearly missed activities, so much of our lives will continue to remain online, with digital skills becoming almost a requirement. 

Having  basic digital skills can come in handy, not only for your own benefit while on the road, but also you are likely to come across lots of volunteering opportunities, where you can share these skills with others. Learn for free with Google Digital Skills.

2. Cooking skills

Food is such a sociable element to society that being able to whip up a storm in the kitchen means  you will never go hungry, that you can pass on these skills to new friends, host a dinner party, absorb tasty local tips and maybe even find a restaurant or cafe job. 

Search YouTube for free cooking classes – a treat awaits!

“Basic digital skills can come in handy, not only for your own benefit while on the road, but also you are likely to come across lots of volunteering opportunities, where you can share these skills with others.

3. Building skills

Having basic or intermediate building skills is a great advantage if you want to work as a volunteer constructing schools, community centres and hospitals, or perhaps even pick up paid labouring work.

If you want to practice at home, firms like Direct Building Products have product ranges accessible to regular home improvement enthusiasts as well as tradespeople.

4. Language skills

Knowing a few key phrases of the local lingo means you can find your way around, order food, and make friends more easily.

But if you can also take a Teaching English as a Foreign Language course before jetting off, this is a marketable skill in many destinations. The demand for English Tutors abroad is so high, it’s a great way to meet locals as well! Reach out on facebook groups, or websites such as Preply and Tutor4You.

Search YouTube for free cooking classes – a treat awaits!

5. Creative skills

If you’re a writer, graphic designer, illustrator, musician or other type of artist, your skills can transfer to almost any location on earth. 

You could create a steady income stream working for clients anywhere in the world, work for new local clients in each location, busk in safe locations or even jam with professional musicians at a gig. And if volunteering is your bag, local projects will often welcome creative contributors with open arms. 

For more advice, check out these tips for arty nomads on Creative Boom.

Getting to grips with some of these new skills  might just mean that you can take advantage of a wider range of opportunities that make your year away more exciting, enjoyable, enriching and varied. 

And who wouldn’t like a juicy slice of that type of adventure action? 

Stay safe and have as much fun as possible when you get there – bon voyage!

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