3 Fantastic Travel Side Projects

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A Brief History

Nowadays, perhaps we can agree that if nothing else, at travel is without a doubt one of life’s most thrilling and incredible and pleasures.  It is your opportunity to shed your everyday skin, escape the stresses of life and explore the places you’ve dreamed of; however, in between the visits to sites of indescribable beauty, tasting delicious authentic cuisine and partaking in wild and wonderful activities are periods where you can find yourself feeling a little bit bored and demotivated, which is why undertaking a couple of side projects is a great idea – they give you a long-term focus throughout your time away.  So here are three fantastic travel side projects to keep you entertained and occupied.

Digging Deeper

  1. Travel writing

No one can deny the power of a picture or video when it comes to recording your travel adventures, however, the written word still prevails.

Travel writing is an immensely popular side project, with millions of worldly wonderers offering advice and sharing tales of their travels.

So why not jump on the bandwagon and start your own travel writing side project? It could be something as simple as a series of small blogs about different parts of your trip or something more grand such as a book that goes into greater detail.

Whatever you choose, travel writing is a great way to create a permanent record of your travels that you can look back on for years to come.

If you are not sure where to start, these expert tips on Lonely Planet will set you on the right course.

  1. Volunteering

One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to experience cultures different to your own.

Volunteering is the perfect way to immerse yourself in new cultures because it enables you to get involved in exciting and important local projects.

It is also a great way to meet local people, gain a vivid insight to their lives and learn more about your destination. And on a more human level, volunteering allows you to give something back to the communities you visit and help those less fortunate.

Take a look at this article on Gapforce for more examples of the benefits of volunteering abroad.

  1. Distance Learning

What is so thrilling about formal studying? And why would you want to do it while you are travelling?

Distance learning affords you the ultimate sense of freedom. Just imagine how cool it would be to be able to conduct studies sessions from anywhere in the world at any venue – you will be way more inspired and motivated than you would be back home and produce some incredible work.

Plus, practically speaking, you will be equipping yourself with highly regarded skills, so you can land firmly on your feet when get back from your travels.

One of the best online course providers is Cambridge-based Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning – it offers a diverse range of courses that will help open many doors for you in the future.

Question for students (and subscribers): There are plenty of fun things to do during your travel downtime and these three fantastic side projects are just the tip of the iceberg – which ones will you choose?  That is our list!  Share your thoughts in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Adams, Simon.  Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel.  DK 2017.

The featured image in this article, a photograph by Free-Photos, is licensed under the Pixabay License.


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Abdul Alhazred

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland