Learning the nuances of a different culture, taking location-specific classes, meeting new people — and all while earning credit. Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding times you can have in college, but if you’re unsure what the best location is for you, there are a few things to consider to make your decision easier.
Do you speak another language or study one in school? Heading to a country where it’s the mother tongue can help improve your skills through immersion. But if you’re someone who strays from saying more than “hello” or “thank you” in another language, you might be more comfortable in English-speaking locales. You’d be surprised how much new slang you’ll pick up anyway!
Completing your coursework is necessary, too. If you still have several classes to complete in your major, a location that offers a variety of courses in your field can help get you closer to graduation. Have a few extra credits to play with? Consider going somewhere with electives that interest you. This is the time to study Hemingway and bullfights in Spain or take an art elective in Italy.
Finally — and this one’s a biggie! — think about what you like to do and how you’d like to spend your free time. If you’re an outdoorsy person whose idea of the perfect weekend is camping, New Zealand is probably a better fit than a crowded city like Shanghai. Are you someone who wants to explore neighboring countries while you’re gone? The size and proximity of European countries makes it easy to visit several places. Do you prefer getting to know one place well? Massive countries like Argentina and Brazil can provide completely different foods and cultures while staying in country.
No matter where you choose, keep an open mind and get ready for the time of your life.
Rome is one of Europe’s most-visited destinations (if not the top-visited destination) and at no time is this more evident than in the summer. School tour groups, retirees and backpackers descend upon the ancient city in droves, making a leisurely walk through Trastevere a distant hope. But if you find yourself in Rome and face crowds of epic proportions, here are a few ways to get away from the masses and enjoy Rome as more of a vacation destination than a tourist trap.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
The more you travel, the more you learn about what works for you in terms of packing, preparing, lodging, locations and more, so it’s inevitable you’ll develop your own cache of travel tips likely to result in the most enjoyable experience for you. But when it comes to the broader travel community, there are some tips and tricks that can apply to any traveler. Here are a few that can help you progress toward expert travel status.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.