What to do when visiting your son/daughter studying in the UK ?

What to do when visiting your son/daughter studying in the UK ?

With more and more people opting to study in countries away from their own—it has made not only possible for students to experience new cultures and landscapes but also for their parents who often make trips to visit their children. For parents visiting their children abroad it is wonderful prospect to not only spend time with their sons and daughters but also to unwind and soak in a new culture. Parents do not have to coop themselves in the confines of their children’s apartments or hotel rooms while on the trip. They have a plethora of activities that they can indulge in to make most of their time and endeavor. Or even steal a short holiday of their own after the visit.

Visit the student hangouts, eat their food and indulge in conversation. You might get to learn much more than you can imagine. And also have a ball of a time!

We have listed some of the things that you can do while on your sojourn:

Get a flavor of student life

Occasions such as these are far between. Think of it this way: how often will you be able to experience this life again? Perhaps never! Try not to be condescending and judgmental go with the flow and enjoy the process. Visit the student hangouts, eat their food and indulge in conversation. You might get to learn much more than you can imagine. And also have a ball of a time!

On a day when your child is too busy to spend time with you would be the perfect day to take in the sights and scenes of neighboring towns and villages.

  1. Make day trips to towns nearby

Do your research from home before hand if you like to plan in advance or just ask locals when you get here. On a day when your child is too busy to spend time with you would be the perfect day to take in the sights and scenes of neighbouring towns and villages. The countryside, the rugged little town, and the cities in the UK are beautiful it would be a shame if you did not traverse though the country and experienced your own slice of the pie.

  1. Pack reinforcements especially if you plan on cooking Indian food

Chances of your child missing home food while studying abroad are very bright. Although Indian supply stores are spread all over the UK, they aren’t quite the same and are also lots more expensive. Carry essentials so that you could make your famous biryani (or any other dish you prefer) to earn brownie points not just with your offspring but also their classmates.

It is paramount to carry warm clothes and perhaps even an umbrella. The weather in the UK is renowned for being unpredictable for a reason. A bright sunny morning could easily turn to a wet and cold afternoon.

  1. Take a short course

Take up a short course in the university your child is studying. Universities in the UK are world renowned for their quality and diversity of courses. Many universities offer short courses that you could do while in the country.

  1. Let your student be your guide

One of the best things about visiting a student abroad is that you get to use them as your own personal tour guide. Not only will you gain a more intimate appreciation for your destination, but there are few prouder moments for a parent than seeing a cultured, confident son or daughter showing off their new, independent life.

  1. Lastly, shop till you drop

The UK may be an expensive place to shop, especially with the Pound sterling going so strong but it is still a great place to snap up goodies. The country is teaming with extremely well stocked shopping centres and some of the most famous shopping streets and shops. The winter and summer sales offer the best deals.

The UK is one of the most high-priced destinations in the world so be prepared to drop some cash. Simple affairs such as a lunch, a trip to the coffee shop, or even a short taxi ride could set you back by a few thousand Rupees, so try and get as good a deal on your Pounds as possible.

The UK is one of the most high-priced destinations in the world so be prepared to drop some cash. Simple affairs such as a lunch, a trip to the coffee shop, or even a short taxi ride could set you back by a few thousand Rupees, so try and get as good a deal on your Pounds as possible. Change your money well in advance in India so as to get the best rates available. Also carry a mix of travellers cheques, forex cards and cash for a safer experience.

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Importantly you will need Euros or Pounds while traveling to UK, try DoorstepForex.com to get best rates for Euros & Sterling Pounds. And after coming back from your trip, you can even convert your remaining Euro to Rupee.

 

25 Jun, 2015
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