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,

Amanda

5 Ways To Make Your Year Abroad Affordable

Are you hesitating to study abroad because of a tight budget? Or worried that living across the globe will cost thousands of dollars? Fear not, many people don’t know that study abroad can actually be more affordable in a foreign country than in the US. Here are 5 ways YOU can study abroad on a budget:

  1. Chose A Destination That’s Right For You

To start off, think of a place where you can see yourself living. Does this place have a college you could attend? Is it a very touristy city? There are many aspects to think about when deciding on a location. It’s important to remember that choosing a city like London, England or Geneva, Switzerland is going to be a big tourist location and very expensive. If you’re not willing to spend money on high living costs, consider choosing a more affordable city like Cusco, Peru or Lisbon, Portugal.

      2. Do Your Research

Once you have chosen your dream destination, you should make sure you research as many study abroad organizations as possible. There are so many to chose from, each offers unique opportunities you might not want to miss out on. That being said, some will be more expensive than others. This is when you get to pick how much you want to spend, and what you want to study/ see while you’re studying abroad. Many times, study abroad organizations will offer students scholarships- it’s definitely worth it to apply. You can also apply for Financial Aid through your school to help out with the cost.

      3. Pack Smart

Now that you have chosen your destination and Study Abroad organization, its now time to pack! One thing I learned from studying abroad is that it’s important to come prepared for the season(s). For example, I lived in France for one year so I had to bring Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring clothes. Sometimes this can be difficult packing all of your clothes into one suitcase, but you’re better off bringing all of your clothes than having to buy them in the country you study abroad in because clothing is typically more expensive outside the US.

      4. Less is More

If you’re worried about spending a long time away from home in a foreign country, why not make it a short-term study abroad? Many organizations offer 3-month study abroad programs. These are perfect to get a taste of the country’s culture and get school credit at the same time! It is also a lot more affordable than spending 12 months abroad.

      5. Create a Budget

Now this one may seem obvious, but it is the most important. Having a budget laid out for you will make it a lot easier to stick to. You can split up your budget into categories for food, transportation, entertainment, etc. Be honest with yourself when creating your budget, but also allow yourself flexibility in your spending money because you’ll want to be able to make memorable purchases.

Whether you think you can’t or can, it is still worth it to apply to study abroad because if you don’t try, you’ll never know!

If you are studying abroad, leave a comment below on how you made it work for you!

 

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!

 

 

What to pack for a Year Abroad

Hello!

So I hear you’re going overseas soon… Congrats on taking the first (of many) leap of faith! Here’s a packing list to ease the stress that traveling always seems to bring.

After spending a year abroad myself, I have come up with a list of necessary items to pack. Wether you’re looking into studying abroad or just planning to visit a foreign country, my packing tips will help you prepare for anything you may encounter during your time overseas. 3

Of corse there will be more necessary items such as prescription medicine, sun block, etc- don’t forget those either! Wherever you are planning on going, have fun, stay safe and take lots of pictures!

Xoxo,

Amanda