“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”
– Ray Bradbury
Traveling abroad is an amazing experience that creates lifelong memories. In fact, only a few things come to mind that come close to an experience in another country. Traveling enriches your soul and allows you do rediscover yourself by slowing down from the average fast-paced lifestyle. Getting lost roaming the streets of a quaint Italian town, touring the jungle in Africa, or eating sushi in Japan is an experience of a lifetime. However, getting to your destination can be very challenging whether you are short on cash, or don’t want to travel solo.
The answer? Plan ahead and try to study abroad during college years.
College is a time of discovering yourself, and what better way that by getting out there and seeing a completely different culture than your own. Studying abroad tests you on a personal level, and by the time you head back home your levels of self-confidence, resiliance, and independence will have grown substantially. You will be able to take courses and earn credits toward your degree while paying about the same, or possibly less, to study in a foreign country. This experience can also jump start your career and improve your resume, because many employers are looking for employees that have international business and communication skills. You may find that experiencing and living in another culture it helps you to understand your own culture on a deeper level and shifts your perspective on academics, aspirations and future plans.
Another opportunity comes in the form of weekend trips while you are abroad. In many cases, especially if studying in Europe, you have a multitudes of destinations within reach. Make sure to look into your options for traveling, because many programs offer weekend excursions at cheaper prices, and some include guided tours.
All in all studying abroad is an experience that changes your life. From new friendships, to getaways in new cities, to immersing yourself in a new culture and trying all of the local snacks the world is quite literally your oyster – now get out there and see it.