When I was preparing to leave for my study abroad I searched the web religiously to find any info I could. I stalked a million blogs trying to find the perfect packing formula and tips on what to do/not to do. Basically anything that would be a glimpse into what I was getting myself into. And let’s be real here, every trip has their ups and downs.
So here is a post dedicated to the things I wish someone would have told me and the things I learned!
10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me:
wearing the same socks for multiple days in a row is just plain nasty.
little nooks and crannies of the city that you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to see.
know who you will meet!
city’s layout. Plus it makes for great landscape photo opps.
remember to not view everything through your lenses. Take time to embrace each city with your
suitcase across the cobble stone roads in Venice is a pain.
10. Schedule things ahead of time so you don’t miss out on a cooking class in Paris, etc.
those who have the same desires as you and will join along for the ride but do not restrict yourself
from experiencing something purely because others do not want to do it
lose the weight when you’re back. Embrace the culture which means embracing the food.
Everyone comes from a different background with a different budget and no one way is right or
wrong – they are just different!
I had done the same but figured it was too late to start. Finally in the last country we visited I
decided there was no such thing as “too late”. So I bought a pin in Iceland, the last country we
visited. The single pin is my pride and joy. So… buy the pin. It is never too late
insecurities keep you from talking to others.
Recognize that your professors are humans too. They make mistakes. So cut them some slack and
give them an opportunity to apologize.
However you do need to be aware of #5, basically remember there is balance in all things!
After every city I visited I wrote a blog post reviewing my time there. Taking time to reflect on
everything that had happened helped me to live in the moment and realize the opportunities as
they were happening.