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Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, summer or another extended break from your studies, many international students will be keen to return to their home countries during their university holidays so they can see their family, change their seasonal wardrobe and to relax in their own home. This is a fantastic idea, as it helps you recharge and gives you something to look forward to through the long terms. So, what should you do to prepare?

It seems obvious, but make sure you’ve booked your ticket well in advance, as prices creep up the closer to your departure date you get as the seats fill up and plane tickets are harder to come by. This is especially true if you’re flying at the end of the Christmas term; a notoriously popular time to travel, and usually relatively expensive too, so booking during a flight sale can save you hundreds.

As any international student will know, packing up to go home is the biggest hassle. How on Earth do you fit all the extra things you’ve bought during your time in the country into your suitcases? Well, maybe you don’t have to. Choosing the right courier company can mean you avoid spending a fortune on sending heavy parcels internationally, and it means you have one less suitcase to wrestle through the airport on your own.

If you have made any friends from your home country, find out if they would like to take the same route as you. It can be a relief to have a travel companion, especially if it’s a long journey, and if there are delays it can be nice to have someone to talk to. It can really help to pass the time, and can make you feel safer if you’re not a confident traveller.

Make sure you have all your travel details printed out in a hard copy before you go, along with any tickets you need for coaches etc. This is because even if it says you can show the ticket on your phone, phones are notorious for running out of battery at exactly the wrong time, so to cover yourself make sure you always have proof of purchase for each leg of the journey.

The main thing to do is to stay organised and to stay on top of your travel plans. Make sure someone from home knows when to expect you, and stay connected using free Wi-Fi at the airport or internet cafes if you’re struggling with your phone to ensure the journey goes as smoothly as possible.

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Esther Donado has been studying in the UK for 2 years but still makes regular trips back hope to POrtugal

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