5 reasons you should consider studying abroad
If you've been bitten by the wanderlust bug, it's likely you've considered studying abroad at some point. But while you've always dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower in person, the thought of setting out on your own to travel the world can seem daunting. You might have some doubts about whether or not it's the right option for you and we get it—it's a big decision. So if you're on the fence and looking for a sign to book that flight, consider this it: Here are 5 reasons you should study abroad.
1. To gain experience traveling
Studying abroad provides the perfect opportunity to learn the ropes of traveling. From booking a hotel to reserving a spot on that bus tour you've been eyeing, everything is done with the guidance of your school or program. We know once you start travelling, you won't want to stop, so learning these skills will def be useful as you keep adding stamps to your passport.
2. To learn about other cultures
Whether you go for a week, a month or a whole semester, studying abroad provides a unique opportunity to learn a lot about a culture much different from your own. No matter where you travel, expect to try a lot of new things.
3. To gain independence
Studying abroad is a big step, especially if you've never traveled without your family or have never been away from home for an extended period of time. The good news is this: You'll have the support of your school, classmates and friends—plus your fam is only a phone call away. Even better news? You'll get a taste of what it's like to be out on your own, and you'll quickly learn just how capable you are of being independent.
4. To make learning exciting
Instead of being in a classroom, imagine spending class time at the Louvre! When studying abroad, you can expect many visits to museums and monuments (not to mention spending study breaks shopping for souvenirs and swapping your school's cafeteria food for delicious local delicacies). You'll definitely stay busy, but we doubt you'll mind having so many exciting things on your itinerary.
5. To challenge yourself
If you find yourself realizing just how comfortable you've gotten repeating the same routine every day, it might be time to shake things up with some travel. It may be easier to stay within the familiarity of home, but immersing yourself in a new environment is not only fun—it's super rewarding as well. By the end of your trip, you'll def be proud of yourself for stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Plan that trip and check out these articles for more travel advice:
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