5 Ways to Spend the Long Summer Holiday - SMS Guest Blog

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It’s time to start planning the summer holidays. We take a look at five ways for students to spend the long summer holiday without draining your bank account.

1) Take a working holiday abroad

There are a lot of places to find seasonal work, so why work in the UK? Working holidays get you out of the country and away from the terrible weather to places that can actually claim to have a “summer”.

There are a wide variety of places that offer these schemes, and aren’t just limited to teaching kids to swim in America. If you book soon could find yourself doing conservation work in the Seychelles or interning as a wedding planner in Australia.

2) Intern

Internships have the reputation of being a form of slavery where you actually pay for the travel costs. You work incredibly hard for no pay, just for the chance to put a line in your CV about how you brought coffees to low-level employees at a law firm for a month.

But if you look in the right places there are some great internships out there. Unpaid internships are now illegal. As an intern you have a right to the minimum wage, so be sure not to take anything where you won’t be paid or anywhere that pays “expenses only” – they are doing so illegally.

Sites such as Student Jobs and Mediargh often list the best internships out there, and check that they’ll be paid internships for you.

3) Fly for Less

Saving money on your holidays doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. There are loads of ways to get cheaper flights and hotels, and there aren’t many summers you’ll get as long as this one. If you've got the time flight comparisons can save you some serious cash, especially as it's not always cheapest to book a return flight. Don’t forget that when you’re booking flights and hotels you can get as much as 15.75% cashback!

4) InterRail across Europe

InterRailing is a great way to test out your language skills, and isn’t as expensive as you’d imagine. You can get a month European rail pass for the same price it would cost to get from London to Glasgow and back. Granted Europe doesn’t have the promise of deep fried Mars bars, but you’ll have a great time.

If you’re worried about expense, there are seasonal jobs you can get whilst you’re out there. You won’t need a work visa if you’re a UK resident.

5) Live it up, on the cheap

Let’s face it you’re never going to get holidays this long ever again, so it’s time to live it up whilst you can. Take an affordable group holiday or just kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Jobs are looming, enjoy your summers whilst you can.

*Note that prices and cashback rates are subject to change. Please check before you make any purchases.

Posted on 21 Apr 2015  |  Posted in  Student Hub, Cashback Diary
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