Studying Abroad in China #WeSwapWisdom

Of all the travellers and expats we speak to, China is often touted as one of the hardest countries to navigate. Whether that’s financially, linguistically or geographically, China can be a bit of a mental maze for the first time visitor. It is also often touted as the most rewarding. So, for those of you thinking of taking an academic tour of the Far East, whether it’s a year out or a full course, you could do a lot worse than China. Read More



France (or as the French call it: France) is the fourth most popular study destination in the world. It’s not really hard to see why, is it?

It’s beautiful, it’s very cool, you can ski and you can sunbathe, the wine flows freely, and the food, well, any country that looks at snails and goes “yep, I can make that delicious,” and succeed… they’re ok by us.

12% of the student population in France hail from abroad, with many of those hailing from across the Channel as part of the popular Erasmus programme. But, despite all the support, arriving in France, especially if you’re studying without the support of the Erasmus programme, can be a little daunting. Particularly when it comes to your finances.

So, we called up Elizabeth, a Biochemistry student, who spent a year abroad at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse as part of the Erasmus programme, to get some insider tips. Read More


Studying abroad in Australia #WeSwapWisdom

Whether it’s for the white-sand beaches of the Gold Coast, Sydney‘s iconic architecture, the hipster cafes and tap-rooms of Melbourne or the fact that you don’t need to learn another language, UK students looking for an overseas study adventure continue to flock to Australia in their droves. Though it may be easier to acclimatise to the language barrier (just remember, thongs are something entirely different over there) getting to grips with student finances once you’re down under can still be a little tricky.

Read More

Card vs Cash WeSwap Wisdom

Card vs Cash: What is the best way to spend abroad? #WeSwapWisdom

Your morning coffee, tap. The bus to work, tap. Artisan handmade organic vegan raw soap from a pop-up, tap tap tap.

From the supermarket megastore down to your local farmers market, card payments in the UK are accepted everywhere.

Contactless is now so common that being asked to enter your pin usually results in a vacant look as you pray your fingers remember the pattern on the pad.

But as the UK heads towards a cashless society, there is a whole world full of countries and societies with their own financial infrastructure and cultural view of money.

If you have ever wondered which is the best way to spend abroad, cash or card, then we have the answer. Using data powered by our 400,000 WeSwappers we have found which destinations holidaymakers use cash the most and which use a card. Read More