One of the many benefits of being in the program is being able to spend two years of college abroad, rather than just the typical summer, semester or year. For most of us, the ease of travel we have now is unlike before or after these two years in St. Andrews. Whether it is for a short weekend trip, a few days after finals or a week of Spring Break, so many European cities are just a short flight away. While two years may seem like a very long time, it goes by much faster than I ever thought it would. Don’t put off traveling until next semester or next year; take advantage of the opportunity now as it ends much sooner than you think it will.
Whether you are just arriving for your first semester or are finishing out your last at St. Andrews, here are some interesting places and useful websites I have found.
For a weekend both Dublin and London are short flights away. While Dublin is definitely going to be much cheaper, there are ways to cut costs in both. For meals, you can pack granola bars or go to a grocery store instead of buying meals in restaurants. Pack lots of layers and shoes you don’t mind walking countless miles in, that way you can avoid public transportation and save money.
For a few days, the Highlands are a great place to go hiking and exploring. It can be quite difficult to do this on your own without a tour group so look around for some cheap ones. Alternatively, if you want to do a day trip, Edinburgh, Stirling, and the Borders are all near by just to name a few.
For Spring Break when you might have a week or more, there are endless options. Most cities have free city tours that will last around two to four hours and take you to the major highlights. It is worth a quick Google search before leaving St. Andrews or asking at your hostel.
For finding cheap and safe hostels in good locations: http://www.hostelworld.com
For finding flights: http://www.skyscanner.net http://www.kayak.co.uk http://www.studentuniverse.com
For finding things to do: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk
About the Author: Arielle is a third year studying International Relations. She is from Richmond, Virginia.