Travel the world with our top student travel organisations

Travelling is such an amazing adventure which everyone should have the chance to experience, but taking the first step towards a trip can be daunting. Siobhan Macdonald discovers the best travel companies on the market. There are many factors to consider when travelling: flights, visas, accommodation, vaccinations, currency; it can be totally overwhelming. Not to mention, the overflowing sea of travel companies online offering you the best possible volunteering or experience trips – it can be hard to know who is offering the best deal. Here is everything you need to know about the leading travel and gap year specialists.…

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YOUR VIEW: Why we need a reading revival

We live in an age of instant gratification. And I’ll be the first to admit, as an Instagram addict, regular tweeter, and serial Netflix-binger, that I am a victim of this. Yet it saddens me all the same, because not only has this new lifestyle negatively affected our self-esteem and attention spans (and that’s only for starters), it’s also reduced the popularity of many beneficial pastimes that were once commonplace. It seems that one of the most gratifying hobbies of all – reading – is becoming less popular with young people. Nowadays, it’s becoming an unusual thing for young people…

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The Lowdown: Say No To World Parents Day

On the first day of June every year, we celebrate global Parents Day. Having just been made aware of this holiday and its meaning, it struck me as odd that we should have one particular day to celebrate the people who gave us life. Are we really going to lump them in with the likes of World Yoga Day and World Nutella Day? I’m not denying the scrumptiousness of chocolate spread, but really – it’s a bit superficial. Are we really going to brand our parents in with food? And that got me thinking: why do we have a World…

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Mind your manners!

Mikhaila Friel shares why she things manners are just as important now as they were when your gran was a girl… Whether you’re going for that big job interview, you’re meeting someone for the first time or you’re hanging out with your nan, there’s a little thing called ‘politeness’ which is never going to go out of style. Too many of us have forgotten what it means to be polite. Too many of us forget what a splash of kindness can mean to someone. Are you one of these people? If you need some reminding as to why using your…

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10 things I’ve learned since finishing school

The year 2005. Tony Blair was elected for a third term as prime minister. Pope Benedict XVI took over from John Paul. DisneyLand celebrated its 50th birthday. And Cruz Beckham was born. It was also the year that I finished school and fluttered off into the big bad world of being an adult. (Or so I thought. I’ll be honest, at 28, I still haven’t got the hang of that one.) This month, it’ll be ten years since I finished high school. I know. I’m ancient. When I left school, iPhones didn’t even exist, Facebook was exclusively for students at certain universities…

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YOUR VIEW: Down with the bullies

violence Bullying is something we ALL know about, with constant campaigns being made to raise awareness of bullying in schools, the workplace and slightly more recently, the danger of cyber bullying. Something that tends to be ignore more, yet is becoming a growing problem, is bullying within the entertainment industry. It’s everywhere, yet it’s continually swept under the carpet in order to not upset the celebrity with a big attitude problem. The scale of the problem in the industry has been made particularly clear this past week as we have been bombarded with celebrities behaving badly and showing little to…

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The F-word

Gap year student and aspiring journalist Kirsty McKenzie reflects on the true meaning of feminism and why it matters to ALL of us – whether you’re female or not… What is it about the F-word that gets everyone in a panic? Perhaps some people have come to view feminism as a fashionable fad, with celebs attaching themselves to feminist hashtags but none of its values. As a result, feminism landed somewhere between aspiration and shame. Feminism became like Uggs – popular, but not a label you really want to be seen wearing outside the house. The confusing, ‘man-hating’ tabloid tug of war that…

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YOUR VIEW: To tattoo or not to tattoo?

Lindsay Duncan looks at one of the last taboos in the world of work – body modification. For students today, a big worry is finding a job after graduation. With thousands of qualified students eagerly looking for employment and not as many jobs available as we’d like, it can be extremely difficult and stressful for many to put their degree to good use. It is hard enough for students to even find part-time work while studying, so leaving the comfort of student life and stepping out into the ‘big bad world’ is never easy. This thought is hard to swallow for students…

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YOUR VIEW: Give Bieber a Break

Let’s not beat about the bush – Justin Bieber has had a proper shocker of a year. The once angelic teen singer’s life seems to have been one big run-in with the law over the last few weeks, thanks to very public arrests and allegations of drink, drugs and fast cars. It’s just the latest in a series of disastrous events in the life of the young Canadian star. There was the monkey. The gas mask. Spitting on fans. Graffiti. Turning up late for his own concert… Baby, baby, baby – no. Some might argue that it was inevitable –…

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