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.
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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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5 Places To Stay Near Ohio University

Graduation is approaching, book your hotels now!
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As graduation approaches, many will be traveling to Athens, Ohio to see their favorite Bobcat receive their diploma. There are plenty of options for the celebration following the ceremony, from mom-and-pop diners to the famous bar stretch. Find the perfect place to relax and refresh using this guide!

Here are the five best places to stay in Athens, Ohio:

As graduation approaches, many will be traveling to Athens, Ohio to see their favorite Bobcat receive their diploma. There are plenty of options for the celebration following the ceremony, from mom-and-pop diners to the famous bar stretch.Here are the five best places to stay in Athens, Ohio:

1. Hampton Inn

12 minutes away from the university, the Hampton Inn has free breakfast and a pool.

2. Ohio University Inn and Conference Center

The OU Inn is located on campus and offers pet-friendly rooms. There are two restaurants inside.

3. Baymont Inn & Suites

A great value, Baymont is an AAA-approved hotel with free breakfast and pool and is only 7 minutes away from downtown Athens. Cribs are available upon request.

4. Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn offers a pool, fitness room, free breakfast, and is 9 minutes away from OU.

5. Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott

11 minutes away from the university, Fairfield Inn has an exercise room, pool, outdoor patio, and free breakfast. Seniors over 62 years and older can save up to 15% on their stay.

Regardless of where you spend your downtime, Athens, Ohio is a great place to be. Enjoy celebrating with your favorite Bobcat!

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11 Places My Fiancé And I Can't Wait To Visit

We decided to make a list of places to visit that'll satisfy both of our cravings for travel.​
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I have always loved the idea of traveling. I’ve been to Peru, Germany, and Austria. I haven’t been to many places in the U.S. My fiancé, on the other hand, has traveled to various states in the U.S., but has never traveled outside the country. We decided to make a list of places to visit that'll satisfy both of our cravings for travel.

I grew up in Naples, Florida and I’ve only traveled a few times in my life. I always loved long drives and trips to places I’d never seen before. About two years ago, I was given the opportunity to travel to Austria and Germany with FGCU professors and students. It was the best experience of my life. That trip only fueled my ambition even more to travel. Once Tyler and I met, we found that we both had the same attitude about traveling. We have made a few road trips to places in and around Florida, but we’re really hoping to travel further over the next few years.

The U.S.

1. Manhattan, New York

I know, I know, it’s a bit of a cliché, but I was born here. I believe everyone should visit New York at least once in their life. There’s a certain energy in New York that is unlike any other.

2. Long Beach, California

Along with our love of travel, we also have an interest in paranormal and eerie ghost stories. The Queen Mary is a haunted hotel ship that is located in Long Beach that has a reputation for being particularly paranormally active. Why wouldn’t we want to experience some scary stuff in our hotel room, right?

3. Essex, Vermont

This beautiful northeast city is home to The Essex, Vermont Culinary Resort. A cozy little lodge full of fresh air, beautiful room, and breathtaking scenery. Did I mention we’re also obsessed with staying in hotels?

4. Seattle, Washington

We hope to live here one day, so visiting the rainy city would probably be a good idea. Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned blown-glass artist, has an unimaginable talent that he showcases at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. The museum is full of his artwork that can also be found at Artis Naples. A great little piece of home to take with me.

5. Salem, Massachusetts

Another spooky addition to the list, Salem is known for the Salem Witch Trials of the 17th century. It’s also full of beautiful landscapes and gorgeous changing leaves in the fall.

6. Portland, Oregon

Rumored to be one of the friendliest cities in the world, Portland is an art-filled gem with hole-in-the-wall restaurants, coffeehouses, and microbreweries. Needless to say, it’s a traveling must.

Europe

7. Leipzig, Germany


A smaller version of Berlin, this quaint city has the perfect combination of history and modernity. The nightlife is sophisticated and perfect if you’re looking for a quiet outing.

8. Gothenburg, Sweden

Full of art and history museums, Gothenburg is a beautiful Swedish state that can be a great alternative to the tourist-heavy Stockholm.

9. London, England

This is another cliché, but it’s London. Arguably the most popular tourist attraction in England, London contains Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the River Thames. Beautiful places to visit while on vacation, or "on holiday" as they would say.

10. Bruges, Belgium

This adorable medieval town in Belgium contains gorgeous religious structures that have stood the test of time. Though it's small, it is full of European history!

11. Salzburg, Austria

The hills are alive! Salzburg, Austria is full of history, starting with the Hohensalzburg Castle (pictured above). This 11th-century fortress sits on a large hill that overlooks the snow-capped Alps and the entire town. This is a worthy vacation spot that will leave anyone mesmerized.

Take some time to make your own list. Travel to the first place that pops into your head. Why not? Every new discovery contributes to a chapter in your life. Be ambitious!

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