College is a prime time to travel! Not only are you learning the technical skills to prepare you for the future, you’re also learning about the world and society at large. Travel can be a major part of that growth process, and it’s great to travel when you have a lot of freedom to enjoy it.
I started my travels with mission trips with school organizations, but branched out to backpacking after that. I never would have expected or dreamed of traveling so much, but I couldn’t help it!
The Challenge of Studying Abroad in College
While you have flexibility, coming up with the time and money to travel may be more difficult. Studying abroad, while set up nicely for you, can be very expensive! You might spend tens of thousands of dollars on tuition, housing, and basic living expenses alone.
If you have a large study abroad office at your university, you may be in a better position to fund your study abroad. However, the special study abroad scholarships that schools often advertise are almost never enough to cover the full costs of your program! At most, they might make up a small part of your budget.
My love of travel stemmed from my adventures in college. Before my four years were up, I had traveled to 15 countries without formally studying abroad! I break down how I was able to do it and how you can follow in my footsteps.
This video contains:
-Mastering the mindset
-Applying for scholarships
-Couchsurfing and staying in hostels
-Eating street food
-Planning your classes and iterating your plans
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My favorite and most valuable lesson from traveling in college is the ability to understand exactly what a cultural barrier is. Experiences like that could never come from the classroom alone!
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