The world is calling, so what are you waiting for? One of the pros of virtual learning as an online student is that you can take your classroom anywhere! So pack up your laptop and get ready to book your flight because we’re giving you our top tips for taking online classes around the world!
1. Ensure you’ll have internet access.
Finishing your assignment won’t matter much if you don’t have a way to turn it in! Internet access is a must! One of the pros of virtual learning in 2023 is that most places offer access to Wi-Fi. However, not everywhere does! One of our most important tips for taking online classes while traveling is to make sure your accommodation has internet access. Most hotel/hostel websites, as well as Airbnb, will list whether or not a room has internet access. Internet access is improving all over the world, but some countries will not offer the same service you may be used to. Do a little research to make sure the country is compatible with your mobile plan. For most data plans, calling your cell provider and purchasing service each day is the most simple solution. For some locations, you can buy digital SIM cards to install on your phone.
2. Expect your plans to change.
Travel bloggers and Instagram influences may make travel look effortless, but the truth is that no trip is perfect! Some locations may experience power outages, travel delays, or bad traffic that could slow you down on that final assignment. Although one of the pros of virtual learning is the flexibility, at the end of the day, assignments are still due on specific dates. So, make sure you work ahead to leave room for mishaps. It’s also smart to keep your smartphone charged in case you need to work on the go!
3. Structure your trip.
Whether you are a big-time planner or one who likes to “fly by the seat of your pants,” having some sort of itinerary is necessary for a successful trip as an online student. Decide how much time you will dedicate to sightseeing and how much time you will commit to completing online assignments. For example, you may decide to wake up early each morning and work for four-five hours, then use your afternoon to explore and evening to rest/finish any unfinished work. Having a plan ahead of time will help you make the most of your trip while still doing excellent work in your online courses.
4. Pack accordingly.
Packing as a student will vary in some ways. Obviously, you will need to pack your laptop and charger. Depending on your travel, you may need to bring a travel plug adaptor. These can vary in cost but are generally affordable for the average college student. Some adaptors are for specific outlets, so you’ll need to do a little research to see which one to pack. Others are universal adaptors, which should work in a majority of cases. You will also want to bring a power bank for your phone in case you need to use your phone to access assignments or provide internet access.
5. Travel off season.
Flight prices scare many students away from enjoying travel, but that does not have to be the case for you. As an online student, you can travel with a more flexible schedule, meaning you can book flights during “off-season” to save a significant amount of money. Compare prices from season to season and book something that maximizes your budget!
6. Be wise.
The world is beautiful, but it is not always safe. Make sure to exercise precautions when you embark on your trips! Some countries are recommended for solo travelers. For other locations, you may wish to join a travel group or book a series of Airbnb experiences that you can attend with a group of visitors to avoid putting yourself in a vulnerable situation. Be sure to keep valuables tucked away and carry a cross body bag rather than a backpack to avoid pickpockets.
7. Check your class schedule.
Although there are many pros of virtual learning, not all courses are created equal. Another one of our important tips for taking online classes is to travel during a time that your course load allows. Make sure you are not traveling during a required residency or other in-person expectations. Although traveling is wonderful, your work comes first! Plan ahead to avoid missing deadlines or forgetting important assignments.
The world is your classroom, so the choice is yours! Where will you travel next? For more tips for taking online classes, visit our Grace Online website today!