When was the last time you traveled? And no, your spring break trip to Florida doesn’t count.
I mean, when was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone and visited a completely new place for more than just a vacation? When was the last time you explored, not just toured? For me, this is what travel is all about, and I think it’s one of the greatest opportunities for learning outside the classroom that exists.
In today’s post, I’m going to break down everything you need to know about traveling while in college. First, I’ll cover why you should travel during college. Then, I’ll debunk some common myths about college travel. Finally, I’ll get into some specific opportunities for travel during college, along with resources you can consult to learn more about each.
So grab your suitcase, put on your sunglasses, and let’s get started! Read More…
Travel can take many forms. Whether it’s across continents or just across town, there’s nothing like a trip to refresh you, excite you, and open your mind.
For me, there’s no trip better than the summer road trip. Perhaps it’s from reading books like Blue Highways and Walden on Wheels, but there’s just something about a summer road trip that excites me. The freedom, the endless possibility, the new sights–these are part of any good trip, but I find them especially present when I get behind the wheel and set off on the sunny open road.
Even if you don’t share my nostalgic, romantic notions about road trips, there are still many good reasons to take one.
Sometimes I feel a bit like Bootstrap Bill. You remember that guy, right?
This dude – Will Turner’s father in the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, if it jogs your memory – leaves his family for a life of piracy and ends up press-ganged into service aboard Davy Jones’ ship.
After dozens of years aboard, he – along with the rest of the crew – starts to become one with the ship. A starfish attaches itself to the side of his face. Coral starts growing out of his back. It’s kinda nasty.
It’s even worse for Wyvern, another crew member deep in the bowels of the ship, who has started to actually fuse with the walls…
…and that’s what it feels like when I stay home for too long. Actually, I guess I feel a bit like Wyvern, not Bill.
Either way, the point is that when I stay home for too long, I start to feel stuck. Things start to feel stagnant, I lose inspiration, and the things I create aren’t as good as they usually are.
That’s one of the main reasons I try to travel semi-frequently. Read More…
So, I feel a little bad.
At the end of my junior year, I informed you that I’d be taking an epic journey during the summer, traveling to San Francisco, New York, and Japan.
With a trip like this being probably the most epic experience of my life, I fully planned on creating tons of content around it.
Well… that didn’t exactly happen. While I did write a lengthy post about my San Francisco trip, and while I did write an in-depth analysis of health and eating in Japan vs. the U.S., I still didn’t do what I planned on doing.
I had all these lofty goals to write mega-huge posts on learning the language, hacking travel, and all kinds of other related stuff. But I never got around to it.
So, I’m sorry for failing to fill your brains even further with awesomeness. However, there’s one thing that I just can’t fail to do – and that’s to simply share a little taste of Japan. And so here we are.
This post isn’t about some tip to make your to-do list do backflips and make toast for you. It isn’t a list of apps that’ll beam test answers into your brain or make lecture less boring.
It’s just me showing you around Japan, because Japan is fucking awesome. So, if you’re interested in seeing this amazing country and learning a few things, let’s go! Read More…
This is a guest post from Lauren Gabel, one of my really good friends at Iowa State. We used to be RA’s together, and now we’ve both decided that travelling and not dealing with people who lock themselves out of their rooms is more fun. Here are some tips she learned on her own study abroad trip.
So hopefully if you’re reading this, you have already been inspired by Maria’s Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad or even Thomas’s post about unicycling from the east coast to the west coast blindfolded with a video camera. (I could have the exact details wrong).
Either way, I hope you have been inspired to go on a radical adventure that has few guarantees other than the promise of taking you out of your comfort zone!
Personally, I did the study abroad adventure, and based off of my experiences I assembled a short list of tips for anyone looking outside of their own back yard.
There are a few basic supplies that I’ve found helpful. Read More…
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Now that summer’s just around the corner for us, we’ve got a lot of options for the next few months. Some of you will be doing internships, and if it’s your first time doing one, be sure to check out the Internship Experience series I did last summer. Maybe you’re taking summer classes instead (give that decision some thought).
Or, maybe you’re travelling. This is what I’ll be doing for the first part of the summer (details later), so it’s what I’m most interested right now.
Since that’s my current interest, I decided to have some fun and compare two potential road trips destinations – the east coast and the west coast. I’ll be showcasing two cities from each coast and listing off some of the cool stuff to do in each one.
Now, this list is by no means definitive; it’s more to just spark your interest in travelling and maybe give you some ideas of a destination. Read More…