I'm Going Abroad And I'm Terrified

I'm Going Abroad And I'm Terrified

I just have a lot of questions

Okay terrified might be a bit of an overstatement.

Anyway, I'm going to Florence for a whole semester in January. I am over the moon with excitement about being in a new place but there are lots of uncertainty out there and I'm definitely someone who enjoys knowing exactly what is going to happen. I am scared that getting there on my own, without a travel buddy, will not work out the way I want.

Sure, I have traveled my whole life, but there is something about doing it completely solo that freaks me out just a little. I'm also scared that I won't make any friends, which again is totally irrational because I know that I totally will. I just have so many questions:

Will this experience be as fantastic as everyone says that it is? (answer: of course it will be).

How in the world am I going to be able to communicate when I get there not knowing any useful Italian?

Who the heck and I going to live with?

And more importantly, will we get along?

What is my apartment going to look like?

If I can't even navigate directions in America, how in the world am I going to do it in a foreign language?


What will everything be like when I get back home in May?

My fear is that my friends and I will have drifted and that it'll be hard to get back into the swing of things. Easy fix: stay in the loop with facetime and don't let you and your friends drift! What if I end up loving it so much over in Italy that I hate the idea of coming back to America? What will it be like to come home and not have fresh pasta and a plethora of gelato at my fingertips anymore?

I know that this experience is one that I will never forget and I should just let go of all of the anxiety that I'm having over things I can't control and the fears that are completely irrational (which is most of them). It's just hard to do when everything is new. I just need to move past it because come January, the gif below will be me #af

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.

I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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3 Breathtaking Lighthouses In The Upper Peninsula And Their Importance

Often noted as a symbolic light source and a maritime navigational tool, lighthouses did it all.

You don’t need to travel all the way to the East Coast to look at breathtaking lighthouses. Often mistaken for a part of Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to over 40 lighthouses.

Of these lighthouses, many were built in the 1800’s and serve as a piece of history that tells a lot about industry and life on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

For reference, here is a bit of background. Lighthouses are structures that don’t come from American culture but date back thousands of years. They especially began to gain popularity in the early 1700’s because of their efficiency in guiding maritime adventures and warning for storms, dangerous water features and guidance in the nighttime.

When constructed, many lighthouses included living quarters for a lighthouse keeper to keep the light going by filling it with kerosene. It was a hard job that required many hours — if the light was not lit, there could be people in danger.

Today many lighthouses are lit electronically, used as museums and do not require a lighthouse keeper. In 1910, Congress created the Bureau of Lighthouses, but it was soon merged with the United States Coast Guard, where it remains today.

With this vast history of lighthouses in general, ones in the UP are no exception. Although not connected to the larger ocean, the great lakes provided access to trade and economic opportunities with Canada that allowed for natural resources from the UP to be shipped elsewhere.

Today you can go learn about the history and importance of these UP lighthouses at over two-dozen museums, each offering something new. Here are a few that I would recommend.

1. Crisp Point Lighthouse

Just the road getting here is an adventure in itself, but once you reach the top of the lighthouse the journey is worth it. At one time this lighthouse was listed as America’s most endangered lighthouse. Much of its land has been eroded, along with the buildings around it, but the lighthouse and its living quarters remain, plus there is much historical significance to learn here as well.

2. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

This lighthouse is very unique in the fact that it is a working lighthouse today but is also very dangerous because it is located between two rock cribs. Many shipwrecks happened off the shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and there is even a museum here dedicated to the history of those wrecks. Most likely as an effect of the historical events here, this lighthouse is often regarded as very haunted by locals.

3. Peninsula Point Lighthouse

Definitely not your average lighthouse, it resembles from the outside more of a modern brick home feel, because of a fire that left only the tower part left. But it is a great place to look at wildlife and especially butterflies during the fall migration season.

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