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mermaidnz 04-07-2008 09:00 AM

doing online uni/study while backpacking?
has anyone ever gone backpacking and taken their uni course with them? *when* i finally convince the boy that backpacking is the best thing ever, im thinking of studying at the same time- honestly, i think this is the only way i will get what i want-travelling! lol hes worried travelling will be a step back in his career-but if he furthered his "paper" education at the same time, im hoping thats a selling point. life experiance isnt enough for him :( lol

so has anyone had any experiance with this? i have visions of us laying on phuket beach doing assigments or snuggling in a backpackers room in sapporo doing homework. haha i know its not gonna be all that easy tho...

mooloo 04-07-2008 10:14 PM

I actually am doing my degree via correspondence at the moment, Personally it is hard enough for me to sit down and do my assignments as it is in boring old wanganui, although I guess i go away a lot.

Its a great idea so long as you have the commitment to do it, or if your like me and for some reason seem to be good at bullshitting my way through assignments and not doing much of the actual coursework.

joe7f 04-08-2008 12:05 PM

I tried to do that on my current trip. I thought I would be stationary so it would be no different than life back home...uh yeah right. I am way too optimistic. Within a month I knew I was way to far behind. Fortunately my teacher is giving me an "Incomplete" so I can retake it when I return.

It is a nice thought but I think it takes incredible willpower to do so. Any transiting makes it damn near impossible.

Also part of it was that my sister was traveling with me so I felt the need to travel weekends frequently. I rely on Friday/Saturday to catch up back home.


maracle 04-08-2008 12:28 PM

doing more than one class would probably be rough. Sounds like you just need to get him a little more wrapped around your pinky so you can do a regular trip :lol:

Has he been backpacking before? Maybe a couple weeks vacation wherever he'd most like to go would change things.

mermaidnz 04-08-2008 09:05 PM

cool, thanks for your input guys :)

hes doing a diploma by corresponace right now- well hes waiting for the corse material to be sent, i guess it will be a bit of a test for him to see if he can motivate himself enough.

we came to an agreement. for the past 2 years we have focussed on his career,and he hasnt really gotten that far up the food chain, so now we get to do what i want (YAY!!!) hes not so keen on it, but im hoping his attitude changes once we are on the road ;)

Canadian Bacon 04-09-2008 02:10 PM

Just give him the o'd che gueverra saying:

"let the world change you, and you can change the world" :)

I have yet to meet someone who regretted travelling

mooloo 04-09-2008 03:34 PM

The great thing about correspondence is that you can transfer it to another semester, or put it on hold if need be.

Thats awesome that you get to do what you want now though!! I doubt it very much that he will regret going travelling with ya! :)

mermaidnz 04-09-2008 04:23 PM

ive neevr met anyone who regretted travelling either- but with jas, theres not really a passion to travel. he could quite easily leave it.....but im not gonna let him ;)

i printed off a world map last night and did a rough plan on getting from here to the UK-via asia and india. when i asked what he thought he said "whats in chennai that we have to go there for?" lol he is NOT keen on roughing it!!

the correspondance courses are only 8-10 hours a WEEK per subecjt.thats nothing, super easy to do while on the road imo. yayness! ive won! haha

joe7f 04-10-2008 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon (Post 182365)
I have yet to meet someone who regretted travelling

I agree ;)


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