Thereâs a lot of joy to be found in traveling, especially when youâre going abroad. Youâre experiencing entirely new cultures - countries with unique perspectives on life, exotic cuisine, unfamiliar languages and peculiar mannerism. The entire feel of the destination is different.
Of course, thereâs a lot that can make you nervous too. It can be difficult to adapt yourself to this new culture and that can make your trip a little daunting. But thatâs also where all the fun and learning lies - right outside your comfort zone where youâre tested and challenged, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Thereâs plenty you can do squeeze as much fun and learning as possible out of your international educational travel experiences. Keep in mind the following points and youâll see yourself grow through your travel experience, all while having a blast!
1. Manage your time
Travel is the ideal scenario in which to learn one of lifeâs most valuable skills, which is how to plan and spend your time. Youâll never have the time to do all you want when youâre travelling so itâs important to schedule your activities and visits. Stick to it with rigorous discipline and youâll be honing a skill that will benefit you for your entire lifetime. Remember, money can buy you almost anything, but itâll never buy back your time!
2. Manage your money
Which brings us nicely to another important resource management skill: managing your money. Like managing your time, itâs never too early to learn this skill. By imposing a budget on yourself, youâll negate the tendency to spend freely and youâll learn how to operate within your means.
3. Stick to your prepared itinerary, but donât be afraid to heed spontaneity
That said, should you feel a spontaneous urge to wander the city or participate in local activities, donât ignore it. Time and money is important, but if itâs possible to engage in an unplanned activity that you really want to, go for it. Sometimes the best experiences come from spontaneity.
4. Pictures truly are worth a 1000 words
Donât forget to take a few pictures of your travels, the people youâve met and the friends youâve made and the whole culture youâre immersing yourself in. Pictures are priceless mementos and they can capture the essence of your experience.
5. Journal your experiences
Travel is all about seeing things through someone elseâs eyes, taking from their thoughts and ideas and imbibing them into your own being. Itâs a transformative experience that changes the way you think. You can help the process by documenting your learnings and insights in a journal, simultaneously mulling over your experience and keeping a record of your growth for your future self to return to.
6. Interact with locals
Donât be nervous and inhibited on a trip. Most people everywhere will welcome you with open arms, if only you let them! Keep an open-minded, enthusiastic and positive frame of mind and youâll find that your travelling will be much better. If something doesnât go right, donât worry about it. Move on to the next item on your agenda and make that experience the best you can.
7. Reflect on your experiences
The fun, observation and experience all comes together to teach you something about the world and yourself that you donât know yet. Introspection and reflecting on the travel experience is essential to making the most out of it. You need to question and ponder on your new perspective - the things youâve learnt and how the experience has changed you. This step is a must to cement your transformation.
Ultimately, it is you who makes or breaks a trip abroad. Sure, sometimes things donât go right and your trip can go a little awry. But thatâs always the case anywhere in the world, so what should stop you from enjoying yourself and learning something. Your way of viewing and experiencing things, whether on schedule or disrupted for some reason our of your hands, is the only thing that really matters.
By utilizing the methods listed above, youâll have a much more fulfilling travel experience that is bound to transform you.