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50 Things I’ve learned about Travel

Read this list, and then go travel yourself for the rest.

So, there it is. I’m graduating soon. Graduating school, that is. You can’t graduate traveling. In fact, I plan on doing much much more.

After three study abroad programs and 30 different countries, I’ve discovered, it seems, that I just can’t stop. And I won’t!

Traveling in college has been some of the most valuable experiences I’ll ever have, and I’m so thankful for them. As a veteran college tourist, I thought I would pass on the bits that I learned about travel.



1. You’re really going to miss your family. And your friends.

2. But that shouldn’t hold you back.

3. You’ll meet new friends. Friends that will become good friends that will become best friends.

4. And they will always be around when you need a travel buddy.

5. Which is something you will want for the rest of your life.

6. Traveling solo is good for you. It helps you get to know yourself.

7. But the people you’re with will make your travel so much more meaningful.

8. Because when you’re passionate about something, you need someone to share it with!

9. The world is a lot bigger than you think.

10.It’s overwhelming to think of all the places you still need to go!

11. It’s also smaller than you think.

12. Go to places you’ve never heard of!

13. If you have a choice between Europe and any other continent… go to any other continent.

14. Europe is awesome. And you should go there. But you should see the rest of the world before it changes too much.

15. Don’t be too wary of street food. As long as it’s cooked.

16. But don’t drink the water.

17. Pepto will be your best friend.

18. Don’t ask me why.

19. And don’t be afraid of hostels. They’re not so bad. And they’re super cheap! It’s worth it.

20. Wake up and watch the sunrise.

21. Or stay up late and watch the sunrise.

22. In fact, sleep as little as possible. You can sleep when you’re dead.

23. Unless you’re in Spain. Then go ahead and take a siesta. You probably earned it.

24. Learn to take things as they come. Expect the unexpected!

25. It’s usually more fun that way.

26. But also don’t be completley unprepared. That’s not smart.

27. Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers! People are amazing. Appreciate them.

28. Walk everywhere!

29. At least learn “hello,” “thank-you,” and “good-bye” of the language of the country you’re in. People will appreciate the effort.

30. Travel is hard work.

31. It shouldn’t be easy. Or else you wouldn’t feel like you accomplished something!

32. The things you learn and see will shock you, maybe even make you sad, but they will change you.

33. Yep, travel will change you. In the best of ways.

34. If you can study abroad, do it. If you don’t have enough time in your schedule to study abroad, do it anyway.

35. If you can study abroad twice, or three times, do that too.

36. The same people, parties and places will be there when you get back, I promise.

37. Don’t worry about stuff while you’re traveling. That’s not the point.

38. You can get a job when you get back. There will always be a job.39. Or, just get a job abroad. Way better.

39. Figuring out the bus/train system of a country is the best feeling in the world.

40. It’s like solving one of the world’s greatest puzzles.

41. Have fun! Go out!

42. But don’t ruin your time by being irresponsible.

43 It’s okay to want to turn around and do it all over again as soon as you get back.

44. And you should! Don’t stop traveling. It’s a part of you now.

45. But also don’t forget that you don’t have to be in a foreign country to be a traveler.

46. Traveling is about actively searching for new experiences and discovering the world. Even if it’s your own town.

47. Be an explorer! Of yourself, of your home, of your world.

48. People are cool. Pay attention to them. Hold on to the ones that love what you love.

49. Especially if that something is travel!

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Jenna Peck

Southern Methodist University | 17 stories

Jenna Peck is a senior majoring in History and English at Southern Methodist University from Long Beach, California. She has studied abroad in Italy, England and has recently returned from a voyage around the world on Semester-at-Sea. She loves to travel and really finds it difficult to stay in one place for a long period of time, but when she does she loves to read, explore the world of the internet, blog and find exciting things to do right at home in Dallas, Texas!

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