4 Reasons You Need To Prioritize Travel When You're Still Young

4 Reasons You Need To Prioritize Travel When You're Still Young

We all need to get away every so often.

One of the best things about being young is all the opportunities we have to travel the world. Whether it is the chance to study abroad, or even go for Spring Break or over summer, getting away from classes is the best remedy for cabin fever. All my life, my family and I have gone on many trips across the U.S. and I will now be venturing to Paris with my university for ten days this spring.

Being in a new country is full of wonder, new emotions, and a little jet lag. Traveling allows you to learn so much more about the world. Here is why traveling is one of the most important things that a young adult can do in their lifetime.

1. You get to learn about other cultures

The world is full of different cultures and people. In school I loved learning about other cultures and religions, and I still do. Even in the U.S., there are areas with way different cultures than what you follow. When learning about Paris before I go this March, I found it interesting what they do that seems weird here. In French culture, they eat ice cream with a fork. I will only be caught dead using a fork if no other spoons are clean and there aren't plastic ones.

2. You start to be not as picky with food

A big part of visiting new places is trying the famous food. Whether it's southern barbecue or curry from India, it's best to at least try. A lot of culture revolves around food and their historical dishes. You might find out that you really like a dish or two. If you will try anything, try something strange or something that you'd never buy back home.

3. You get to get away for a while

We all feel cooped up from time to time and just need to get away. So, why not go thousands of miles away to a new country? For a while, you feel like you moved to another country, and eventually start to feel like a new local. Let's be honest, who likes vacationing in their own state? I know I sure don't because I live in one of the biggest vacation areas in Ohio.

4. You learn more about yourself and the world

Traveling increases curiosity and allows you to personally grow. Vacation is the best time to work on personal projects, start working out, read that book series that has been collecting dust on your shelf, and even get a nice tan at the same time. When coming back from a trip, I have the urge to eat healthier, work out, and better myself. Maybe it's the sun? Maybe it's just being able to sit and think for a while?

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.

If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.

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5 Great Things About The Holiday Season In South Florida

Who said you can't go to the beach in the middle of December?


This is my first holiday season in college, and I have many friends who have come here to Florida Gulf Coast from out of state. I am an in-state student coming from Palm Beach, FL, where the sun is out year-round, and we take the boat out on Christmas evening. Peers from Chicago or New Jersey have asked me how it feels during the holiday season, and even though we don't have snow or a stash of sweaters to whip out from the back of our closet, we do have beautiful weather and many exciting events around the state that make the holidays in SoFlo very special.

Here are 5 things to look forward to in South Florida this holiday season!

1. Year-round Warm Weather!

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SoFlo's "winters" consist of sunny afternoons and an occasional day below 60. Other than that, our weather stays moderately warm and beaches available every day of the year!

2. Christmas at Disney World!

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According to a Walt Disney Resort blog, Disney displayed nearly 8.5 million Christmas lights throughout the season, around 1,300 wreaths, and about 171.6 MILES of ribbon. Talk about dedication.

3. Beachy, Coastal Decorations!

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From Christmas lights on palm trees to stockings hanging from the hurricane shutters, Floridians certainly have a way of putting their own spin on their holiday decor.

4. Wealthy Areas Who Get Extra AF

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As many know, South Florida is a big hub for retirees. With that being said, a good amount of folk have a grand amount of time to decorate for the holiday season. Many neighborhoods collaborate and create a magical walkway for all to stroll through and enjoy beautiful lights.

5. Tropical Santas!

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This picture honestly says it all.

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