5 Reasons You NEED To Study Abroad

Are you looking into becoming an exchange student, spending a week/ semester/ year abroad, or just simply wanting to immerse yourself in a new culture? If so, I have some great reasons why you should take that leap of faith and do it!

Why I Did It And Why You Should Too!

I, myself was an exchange student in Chambéry, France. I spent 10 months living with a French host family, going to a French High School, and became fluent in the French language. It was an incredible experience and I recommend that everyone spends time abroad!

Reason #1: The Food

One of my favorite things from my time abroad was the food. I got to try so many different kinds of foods while I was living in Europe. I highly recommend being adventurous, try anything you can get your hands on. Of course, there will be a lot of foods you recognize but it’s important to explore the options native to the country you are visiting. You never know what you might end up liking!

Reason #2: Discover A New City

I highly recommend spending more than one week abroad. This can be anywhere from 2 weeks to a whole year! The longer you spend in a city or country, the more you will get familiar with the language and culture, and be able to completely immerse yourself in it. This was what I loved about studying abroad- by the end of the 10 months, I felt like I was a local and was able to really feel at home.

Reason #3: Have Fun

Without a doubt, traveling can be A LOT of fun. There are so many options for all types of travelers. Whether you are a nature or city lover, there is something out there for everyone. The best part about living/ traveling in a foreign city is the people you meet! Take the time to connect with the locals and learn as much as you can about their culture!

Reason #4: Learn A New Language

No matter where you go in the world, you will eventually be forced to learn a little bit of the country’s native language. This is the perfect opportunity to practice it! Again, don’t hesitate to ask the locals how to say a phrase or pronounce a word. Many times they will be more than happy to teach you!

Reason #5: Develop Confidence

No matter how long you travel or study abroad for, this experience will certainly leave you feeling good about yourself. You will encounter many situations where you need to have confidence in yourself. These opportunities will change you for the better!

These are just a few of the many reasons why I recommend going abroad. If you have any questions or comments about anything, feel free to contact me! I’d love to share more about studying abroad!5 (1).png

Best of luck,


All About Amanda

Hello, my name is Amanda.

I was born and raised in Ohio and left the Buckeye state shortly after High School to study abroad in France. That was when I caught the “travel bug” and started this travel blog. I now attend the University of Tampa in Florida where I am currently studying International Business and Marketing and enjoy blogging in my free time.

When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending my time traveling around the world and blogging about my experiences. So far, I have visited 13 countries and plan to visit many more in the near future. Traveling has always been a big part of my life, this is because half of my family lives in Brazil. I started traveling to South America since I was 10 months old and believe this is what sparked my love for travel at such a young age.

I first stumbled upon the idea of blogging about 3 years ago when I created a travel blog during my year abroad in France with the intention of using it as a Travel diary. I wrote about all the cities and countries I visited to update my family back home. I didn’t think of it as a means to make money or grow a large following. I was simply satisfied with the idea of sharing my adventures on a platform that my family and I could access from anywhere around the world. I soon realized that I really enjoyed blogging and this passion led to the creation of this blog!

My intention for this blog is to inform my readers about travel and study abroad based on my experiences. I want people to understand that traveling doesn’t have to be expensive and anyone can do it! And because I am a college student, I figured my readers would like to read about how I keep my travels affordable. Stay tuned for more posts on tips and tricks about traveling on a budget. I hope my blog will inspire you to take a leap of faith and see what awaits you on the other side of the globe!



5 Things College Has Taught Me

With one month left of the semester, I decided I’d write about my freshman year of college. These past 10 months have without a doubt been the most challenging yet rewarding of my life.

  1. Get Involved! 

Since the start of my fall semester, I have created friendships with people who have inspired and encouraged me to shoot for the stars. I became involved in many organizations on campus:

  • UT Diplomats (Student Ambassador)
  • Student Productions Marketing, Recreation, and Diveristy committees
  • Women Business Professions Association
  • Tennis Club

The people I have met through these clubs have truly impacted my freshman year in a very positive way. I learned that college is much more than staying up all night studying (or partying). I realized that the next 3 years are going to pass by super quick and its up to me to take advantage of the time I have to make a future for myself.

2. Challenge Yourself! 

My first semester was exciting, but my second semester was even more so. I applied to be a Resident Assitant and was offered the position for the 2018-2019 school year. I also applied for Student Productions exec board and will serve as the Special Events Chair for the next year. I will be planning Homecoming for the students at the University of Tampa!!

3. Reach out to those who inspire you

These achievements inspired me to dig even deeper and see what else I could accomplish within the last few months of my freshman year of college, so I reached out to a young female entrepreneur (Natasha from Sol Studio) whose work ethic I admired. I conducted an informational interview and was later on offered an internship for summer! I am so excited for this opportunity! I also got a summer job (my first job!) to keep me busy. 😉

4. Don’t let the hard times get you down

These are some of my favorite accomplishments this year, but I also had some very difficult times. Even though I was constantly being surounded with other students my age, I felt lonely at times. I like to think it was because of my “reverse- culture shock” coming back to the USA from France. That alone was a huge struggle during the first few months of college.

Since then, things started progressively getting better and better! I can already tell my sophomore year is going to exceed the level of fun I’ve had this year. I think the most important lesson I learned during my freshman year is that things will always get better as long as you trust yourself and make an effort. I kept telling myself this through out this roller coaster of a year and it has motivated me to stay positive. I think this method worked really well considering all of the things I have done to get me out of my comfort zone!

5. Set Goals

During this whole time I also managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA! This just goes to show that if you set goals, the sky is the limit!!Processed with VSCO with g3 preset3A554C67-46D3-469D-BEE9-E57615C4EB22818A7943-FF72-4774-8B01-421FEEBFC5CAC104A4D6-258B-473E-BB4B-851654D8E9AE91CE1429-781B-4758-A9F0-24B1412484C902E2687C-844D-4020-905A-6F1A06CDB136P.S. I’d like to thank my parents and grammielicious for keeping me sane during this whole time!!



I recently had the privilege of meeting Sol Studio founder, Natasha Samuels.

Talk about a role model, Natasha is everything I strive to be and more!

Natasha is a Sarasota native and is currently a senior at USF graduating in May majoring in Public Relations. Natasha also owns her own business, Sol Studio!

She has studied abroad (TWICE) during her college career, so we bonded over the fact that study abroad is a life changing experience 😉

Here is what I found out about Natasha:

What is Sol Studio?

Sol Studio is a digital marketing boutique. She works on digital marketing, social media management, and digital content creation to name a few!

As founder of Sol Studio, what do you do on a typical day?

Aside from being a student at USF, Natasha takes client calls, does social scheduling, brain storms content for her blog, responds to emails, and still makes time for a quick gym session!

What was your previous experience that led you to your current position?

Natasha has had 3 internships. Her most inspirational one being digital marketing, it has led to the creation of her current business.

What do you most value about your job?

The freedom and flexibility. Natasha enjoys being able to chose who she works with and when she works. Another bonus is that her company is travel- friendly, allowing her to pick up at a moments notice and travel whenever she wishes.

What is your motivation/ inspiration for success?

Natasha’s motivation is her happiness. She truly enjoys what she does. Her business makes her happy and brings fulfillment to her life. #goals

What advice would you give to someone who aspires to become an entrepreneur?

“Do it!”- Natasha believes in pursuing her dreams. She encourages others to be motivated and passionate about what they want to attain. She also stresses the importance of finding a good mentor and having internships for experience!

What new belief or habit has impacted your life in the last 5 years to create a positive outcome?

Creating “Me time”- Natasha believes it is very important to set aside time during her day completely dedicated to herself. She does this by turning off the notifications on her phone or taking an hour to work out and clear her mind.

What is one of the most worthwhile investments you have made?

Creating a workspace at home motivates Natasha to work hard and has helped her be productive.

If you wrote a book, what would it be called and why?

Study Abroad: The amazing opportunity of living in a foreign country and how it changes your life” and “Entrepreneurship: The journey to success”

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I loved getting to know Natasha from Sol Studio! She is a true role model for young, female entrepreneurs! Thank you, Natasha!