Looking to go away over the festive period? Read guest blogger Marija’s placement year travel tips for some inspiration.


Time flies when you are having fun! Before starting my placement, I was told by other students that the time would fly by and here I am nearly half way through my placement wondering where the past six months have gone! While the 9-5 work schedule doesn’t leave me much spare time during the week, I always try to make the most of my weekends.

After a hiking trip to Norway, I paid a visit to Italy and managed to see both Venice and Rome in just three days!! Yes, Italy is huge and visiting two of its most popular cities in such a shot space of time was a brave move. Each day involved around 20km of walking, which was actually more enjoyable than it sounds with all the historic buildings and sights to take in. Venice surprised me with its narrow streets and even more so with its heritage – the city is founded on hundreds of islands. It was so easy to get lost surrounded by canals, bridges and gondolas that all looked the same!

Rome was another surprising experience, mainly due to they city’s history and the fact there were so many sights to see. Luckily I was able to find a good value place just outside Vatican City – another win for the journey!

I’ve also been lucky enough to do a bit of work-related travelling. My very first trip to Ireland (Belfast) was a couple of weeks ago where I was given a tour of the city followed by a welcome meeting in which I landed a marketing project to co-ordinate!


So things are getting pretty busy towards the end of the year, whether you’re a first, second, placement or final year student! With Christmas just around the corner and deadlines fast approaching it’s a busy period for everybody. The festive season is also when procrastination is at its highest (especially when there is a German Market 10 minutes away from campus) but I wish you all the best of luck – whether you’re searching for a placement or getting ready for those end of term exams! 😊

P.S. Talking of getting festive – here’s some inspiration for over the Christmas period from a recent trip to London!