Travel mistakes are just a part of the game; they’re part of the (sometimes frustrating) fun of travel. While we all make them and we’ve all done things we feel silly about while traveling, there are a few travel mistakes you can avoid with the proper knowledge. So roll your sleeves up, get your pen and paper out (or iPhone, whatever!) and get ready to take some notes!
Growing up in Arizona, learning Spanish was something that every kid did. We started language classes pretty early on, around 2nd grade, and most of us continued learning Spanish until halfway through high school. On top of that, I went to a Waldorf school kindergarten through 6th grade, and seeing as Waldorf was founded in Germany, we were also taught German.
Some of these quotes might be cheesy, some might be overused, but they all have messages in them that speak volumes about life as a traveler. While trying not to sound snooty, it’s not always easy living a life of travel. It can bring unique challenges, and it helps to feel a little reassurance from those who have experienced the same challenges. Check out the quotes below to get some travel inspiration and get that travel bug goin’!
Reverse culture shock is a very real thing when returning from study abroad or being abroad for an extended period of time.
After becoming accustomed to a way-of-life other than your own, it becomes familiar in an exciting and exotic way. You become a part of a culture in a way that you can’t experience as a tourist. You wave hello to the locals, have a favorite coffee shop, and a wonderful group of friends.
1. Don’t forget to travel within your host country, too!
When you have the opportunity to see a new country every weekend, it’s hard to prioritize where your next destination should be. But chances are you chose your host country to study abroad in because it brings a real curiosity to your soul; a curiosity about the food, the people, the culture… And you should explore that! Explore the country you’ll be spending such an important part of your life in.
I will preface this article by saying that I am speaking generally and not everyone within certain cultures will think the same way. Through travel and time living abroad in Italy, I have experienced how people perceive me and treat me as an American on their soil; these have been my overall impressions:
It was August of 2013 that I first laid eyes upon my now-boyfriend.
When I applied for my study abroad program Italy, my last intention was to get a boyfriend, let alone find love. It was actually quite the opposite. I wanted to have a typical college experience and be irresponsible for a semester.
Studying abroad or spending time abroad is life changing to say the least. It’s one of those experiences that shakes your inner being and changes you as a person.