Why Traveling the World Is Good

Travel the World, It's Good For You

Catching flights is life-changing. Here's why.

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There are so many reasons why traveling around the world is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life. From past experiences, traveling has helped me gain insight into other cultures and other ways of living. There are some people who prefer to stay local and cannot imagine going more than a couple of hours away from home; however the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone, quite literally, and exploring new places are plentiful. For one, traveling enables you to broaden your horizons and expand your outlook on life. In addition, it encourages you to be open-minded about diversity. By engaging with different people from different parts of the world, you are able to see things from a variety of perspectives and come to the understanding that the world is not perceived through one lens. Instead, every person sees the world differently and by being exposed to a varied range of schools of thought, you can deepen your knowledge and understanding of the world and of those who are different from you.

In the same way, contact with diverse cultures can ultimately lead to personal transformation and enable you to realize who you are as a person, what you value and what you have learned from your travel experiences. Generally, traveling is a great and adventurous way to develop skills necessary in all aspects of life as well as to establish connections with people you meet along the journey. Additionally, while spending some time abroad, you're able to put your language skills to the test and see if those years of studying Spanish or French paid off. Hopefully they did, but if not, you can always rely on dictionaries to help you interact on a basic level with the native population. From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that traveling is one of the best ways to be educated about any given country, region, language or culture. I've been to countries such as Slovakia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and it's not a surprise that learning about these places in the classroom pales in comparison to the lived experience of engaging with the histories and cultures of each country. The great thing is that you're not getting graded for traveling and you are at the liberty to decide where you want to go, want you want to see and what personally interests you.

At this point, I can probably guess what some of you may be thinking about all of this. Obviously, traveling has its perks, but about financing it? It's not like a trip to Europe or Bora Bora is cheap enough to just drop everything and go for it, even though that's what we think about doing at times. Traveling abroad is certainly not cheap, but it's manageable. In order to ensure that funding an international trip is possible, a good amount of planning is required. This involves creating a budget, researching the places you want to visit and seeing what will best accommodate you. Despite its potential expenses, traveling has a lot to offer and is worth every penny that you invest in it. With traveling, you create new memories and fascinating stories to tell, and this makes you a much more interesting person.

So, if you've been thinking about traveling to a specific place of interest but don't really know if you should, I say go for it. It can be an incredibly life-changing experience that you wouldn't want to miss out on.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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