The 5 Senses of Study Abroad
Visit these places to satisfy all of your senses in the best way possible
Traveling is the best way to explore your senses, try new things and find out what fulfills you in life. By traveling extensively, you will learn a lot more about yourself and be amazed at how bold and daring you can be when doing something outside of your comfort zone like canyon jumping in New Zealand or how pleased you were after eating a snail, otherwise known as escargot, for the first time in Paris. You will surprise yourself in a boundless amount of ways and find out what travel destinations impacted your life the most. Here are 5 places that contented my five senses the most and I hope they will for you too!
Switzerland offers sights to see like no place else. With its frosty mountaintops and clear blue waters, it makes it hard to even blink for a second. The scenery around Switzerland is so beautiful that it feels like it belongs in a dream. The combination of glittery, white snow and bright sunshine in the wintertime creates instant bliss. Visit Interlaken and Geneva to get the best of both worlds as they both have unique, picturesque offerings. Interlaken is close to the best ski regions in Europe and Geneva has one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. For even more scenery at a faster pace, take the Bernina Express, a two and a half hour train ride that glides through Switzerland and into Italy. Stick your head out the window into Switzerland’s fresh air and feel even closer to the fascinating landscapes!
Austria is home to many musical sensations such as Mozart and The Sound of Music. Head over to Salzburg to frolic in the same grass hills as the Von Trapp family and sing a long to tunes such as “My Favorite Things” and “Do-re-mi” on The Sound of Music Tour. Also in Salzburg is Mozart’s Residence where one can walk through the house that a world-renowned composer grew up in and hear his classical renditions while admiring his first musical instruments and portraits. For even more musical history, go to the city of Vienna, which is home to the Vienna State Opera, one of the world’s leading opera houses. Buy yourself a ticket and attend one of the evening performances and hear the room fill up with melodies.
Croatia is the perfect place to go to soak up some sun and jump into refreshing water. Visit Split, Croatia to feel your toes in the sand and salt water on your skin from the Adriatic Sea. Sail through the ocean breeze and feel your hair blow in the wind on a cruise ship while admiring the Dalmatian Mountains. Jump off of the ship into the sea and pet the rough shell of a turtle as you dive deep into the water. Explore Krka National Park in Lozovac to feel waterfalls crash down on your back and glide your fingertips through the clearest river. Touch several of the eight hundred sixty different plant species found on the trail and take advantage of the archeological remains that will take you back in time.
Allow yourself to indulge in your olfactory sense in the French Riviera. Start at Cannes and smell the fresh seafood coming from the restaurants parallel to the ocean shore. This seafood, fished from the Mediterranean every day, will satisfy the most critical palate. If you start craving dessert, leave the waterfront and explore the town and one will be sure to come across hot, moist crepes being made from scratch and releasing a sweet smell into the atmosphere that will lure you in. Getting off the subject of food, visit one of the smaller towns along the French Riviera such as Eze to visit the Fragonard perfume factory that you can enter for free. Nestled between Nice and Monaco, Eze is an easy destination and provides a tour of the factory’s laboratories and workshops for no cost at all. The natural, floral scents that come from their perfume, soap and cosmetic products smell so delicious that it is hard to leave the factory without purchasing a special something to bring back home with you. It is a smell that creates instant credibility to its authenticity.
It comes as no surprise that Italy offers the most appetizing food on this planet. From the pasta to the pizza, to the panini to the gnocchi, and lets not forget about the wine, Italy knows what everyone’s palate is longing for. A typical Italian meal consists of an anitpasto, primo, secondo and dessert. Try a minestrone soup for your antipasto, which is a warm vegetable and beans soup with a savory taste. For your primo piatti, try risotto, which can be flavored in endless ways. This rice dish is a great way to kick start your meal with a mixture of flavors such as parmesan cheese and chicken broth. Move on to the secondo piatti by having a meat or fish dish. Most restaurants have very good steaks or scallops; I highly recommend the blueberry steak at Acqua al Due in Florence. For dessert, have the most famous Italian dessert, Tiramisu, which is coffee- soaked sponge cake and mascarpone cheese that will melt in your mouth. Never leave Italy without trying their popular version of ice cream, called gelato, with simple flavors such as chocolate and more daring flavors like sesame.