Imagine for a moment you are lost…

Imagine sitting at a shack overlooking the beach. The waves are crashing against the shore and the wind is whistling past your ears. The sky looks like something out of a Van Gogh painting. For a moment, it feels like all the problems weighing you down are melting away, and that’s all you need;

A moment.

As university students, we’re all so caught up in the rumblings of everyday life that we fail to realize the impact a moment of clarity can have on our mental health.

I came across a recent study by Robert Leahy, director of American Institute of Cognitive Therapy, who said that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s. So, the next time someone tells you you’re acting a little crazy, chances are, you probably are.

If you feel suffocated in the midst of a monotonous routine of midterms, quizzes, assignments, and submissions, Then Dude this spring break, please GET-OUT and go travel, go somewhere.

 

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure” — Jawaharlal Nehru.

 

There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. That is exactly what traveling does, it opens one’s eyes and broadens their perspectives. Apart from the calmness and tranquility it brings to an individual, seeing new places and interacting with different cultures makes a person more compassionate and understanding.

What if I am..

Now I know what you’re thinking, traveling means tickets, hotels, budgets and all of that requires money, something we university students perennially run low on. There’s no need to fret though my fellow comrades as I’ve put together a list of my favorite online booking sites that are guaranteed to get you the cheapest air tickets (on moderately safe flights).

1) www.skyscanner.ae

2) www.google.com/flights  (Bet you didn’t know google had an inbuilt feature)

3) https://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/europe?dia=500

3) www.flightfox.com

4) www.cleartrip.ae

but what if..

 

If this still ends up being a tad bit out of your budget it’s important to realize that traveling doesn’t necessarily have to mean forking out a fortune and going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the snowcapped Alps of Switzerland. Traveling is an experience, not a place. It can be something as simple as flying back to your home country and meeting your childhood friend or even just gathering your friends and camping in the mountains of Hatta or..

Your kite-beach (local version) should do just fine!

One of the best memories I’ve made was this Wednesday when a group of my friends packed the car and headed to an isolated beach somewhere in the middle of Umm al Quwain. We took two cars, and the people were divided based on which spectrum their music taste lied on, all the way from Drake to Arijit Singh. We made our way to UAQ singing at the top of our lungs, looking maniacal as we did to the other drivers on the road. After getting our cars stuck in the sand a few times we finally made it! Silence! There were barely a few people around and the light breeze felt like it was washing away all our troubles. We got into our shorts and ran into the water doing our best Baywatch impression as we did (failed massively though). The water was cold but our laughter drowned out the shivers. For those few hours, we were teenagers again, no midterms to worry about, no upcoming job applications to be rejected, no responsibilities. Just a bunch of friends splashing around in the water without a care in the world.

That is exactly what everyone needs to do. Just for a little bit, take some time out, break the pattern, explore your surroundings and find yourself. This much-needed break will not only give you a fresh perspective but also give you the energy you so desperately need to tackle the rest of the semester (don’t quote me on that).

Stepping out fresh looking like..

21 year old aspiring AUS Economics Graduate. Passionate about things I have no talent in and good at things I have no passion in. I love to travel, mostly.