If you've been studying hard with what seems like forever, and now you need a break to clear your mind before you go insane - then travelling is a brilliant idea. There's nothing wrong with taking a year out, and going on a life-changing adventure to put things into perspective and essentially see the world. Travel is an amazing gift that everyone is entitled to receive if they're brave enough. Let's face it, it's rather intimidating, and some people find it a lot more frightening than others, but if that slight fear wasn't there, it wouldn't feel as exciting. It's the adrenaline and trepidation that make the experience so much more than it already is.
So if you're ready for the journey of self discovery - here are some of the basics to think about before you set off.
If you've been renting a small apartment while you've been studying, then you'll need to think about what you're going to do with all of your things, because remember, you can't take them all with you around the world, the idea is to pack light when travelling and only bring the bare essentials. But if you aren't fortunate to have a family willing to keep all of your things in their garage or loft, then you'll need to get a little more creative. Have a look at what student storage services are available in your area. This is a great idea because you can book a space online, and then keep everything in storage for as long as you want and need.
While there's nothing wrong with wanting some spontaneity while travelling, it's important that you have a basic plan to follow for your trip. You'll need a starting point, a finishing point, and then all of the in-between. It's fine to make a detour or two once you're out there, but you need to at least have a little structure in terms of how long you'll be spending in a country, and when you're flights will be. Once that's done, you can go wherever you want to within reason, just as long as you make sure you're back in time to hop on the plane for your next destination.
One of the most important things to remember when travelling, is your safety. You don't need to worry yourself and be paranoid every time you arrive somewhere new, but you do need to have some common sense and a level head so that you're not taken advantage of. A lot of local criminals will try and prey on people that look like tourists and travellers because supposedly 'you don't know any better'. So do all you can not to fall into that category. Make sure you have no valuables on show - if at all. Always have a safe place to sleep that's secure. And do your best not to be walking the streets at night time.