Can You get an Online Degree While Traveling Full-Time?

From the rolling green hills of Ireland to the Grand Canyon, traveling is something that many people dream about doing. But have you wanted to get a degree while traveling?


In today’s modern world, it often doesn’t take long to get to your destination, and with so many great locations to choose from, more and more people are choosing to see the world and become full-time travelers. 


However, many travelers feel that they have to give up quite a bit to travel the world on a full-time basis.


Giving up on things such as having a permanent residence or finishing that degree you’ve always dreamed of is just the sacrifice that has to be made to live the vagabond life, right? 


Wrong! While some of these things might not have been possible in the past, in today’s world you can have it all.


If you have access to the internet and a drive to succeed, an online degree is well within your grasp  — no matter where in the world you are.


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Get a Degree While Traveling

What It Takes to Get an Online Degree While Being a Full-Time Traveler 


Online classes via the internet make it entirely possible to go to class on your computer or phone and even make your own schedule.


In fact, for the most part, time-zone issues will be a thing of the past when you sign up for that online MBA or BS in Art History program. 


Of course, being passionate about the degree you’re going for will make studying feel like more of a part of your journey than a chore.


Below, you can find a few tips for helping make your travels and studies a success. 


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Have the Right Tools for Getting an Online Degree on the Road 


In order to be able to successfully study as you travel, you’re going to need to have the right technological tools for the trip.


The first thing you need is a laptop and a wireless connection, which is essential to being able to study and attend classes while on your travels. 


While traveling to the far reaches of the wilderness might sound amazing, you will need to make sure you have reliable internet service wherever you go. Luckily that’s not a problem in most major world cities.


Also, make sure that you have plenty of adaptors that will work for outlets no matter what country you’re in, as oftentimes they’re different.


Good old-fashioned pens and paper are essential as well, so make sure to stock up on your favorites before you head out. 


Time Zones


Keep Up With Time Zones


Keeping up with time zones is crucial when you’re traveling and studying at the same time. While you may be able to view your online degree classes whenever you want, chances are assignments will be due by certain dates AND times. 


Contacting professors or fellow students could also be challenging if there’s a large time difference between you. Find out when you are most likely to get a response and set an alarm to be sure you’re available if need be.


Make a habit of checking your time zones faithfully as you move from state to state and country to country. This will ensure you never miss a deadline. 


Eat and Sleep Well 


You can’t travel the world or keep up with your studies to get that online degree if you’re tired and sick all of the time.


So, while it may be tempting to skip a few meals or stay up to all hours of the night studying after traveling all day, it’s not worth it and not a good idea. 


Studying will quickly become a chore if you aren’t feeling well. Remember, good food, good sleep, and a lot of water will help you enjoy your travels and earn that degree as well. 


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Make Studying for Your Online Degree Fun 


Studying is one way to learn and traveling is another. The fun comes when you’re able to combine the two.


From history in each country’s museums to immersing yourself in the local culture wherever you are, studying and traveling can be combined to make you one talented happy traveler with a degree in what you love. 


The days when you had to choose between being a full-time traveler and going to college to get a degree are behind you.


aking sure to follow these tips will help you with getting a degree while traveling so you can see the world and learn how to conquer it at the same time.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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