Traveling abroad is something that many people want to do, but it can be hard to convince yourself to take the plunge. What if you don’t speak the language? Will your cell phone work? What if you get sick? These are all valid concerns and ones that I’ve had myself before traveling abroad. But once I experienced what it was like to live in another country for a few months, my perspective changed entirely: Traveling has so many benefits (both mental and physical) that it’s hard not to see how wonderful travel really is!
Live like a local.
- Stay in a local hotel or hostel.
- Eat at local restaurants.
- Spend time with locals, whether it’s at a park or walking through the city streets, you’ll get to know your surroundings better by interacting with people who live there every day. You can even ask them what they like most about their home town!
- Learn about the history of the area you’re visiting; many cities have museums dedicated solely to their own history which will give insight into how they came about being what they are today! If you don’t have time for this tip, try picking up an audio guide instead (they’re available at most museums). You might be surprised how much information can be packed into one hour long tour!
- Get involved with some local traditions if possible–it doesn’t matter what kind: just find something fun and interactive that suits both yourself as well as those around you!
Get your adrenaline fix.
- Rock climbing and rappelling
- Cliff jumping and base jumping (if you’re into that sort of thing)
- Paragliding, hang gliding and kitesurfing
- Scuba diving to explore underwater caves, shipwrecks or coral reefs. If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at freediving too!
There are also plenty of ways to get your adrenaline fix by heading out into nature on foot, horseback or bike: hiking through mountains in search for hidden waterfalls; cycling along rugged coastlines; walking across sand dunes with nothing but a backpack full of supplies as company; even white water rafting down an exhilarating river… The possibilities are endless!
Head to the countryside.
If you’re looking for a place to relax, unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then head to the countryside. The countryside can be a great place to get back in touch with nature and enjoy some peace and quiet while taking in all that nature has to offer.
The local culture is also one of the best things about living in rural areas. You’ll get more opportunities to meet people who are passionate about their community because they live there full time instead of just visiting on weekends or holidays like tourists do (or even worse: working remotely!).
Experience some history.
While you’re there, try to experience some of the history. You can start by learning about the place you are visiting: its people and culture, as well as its past. For example, if it’s a city like Paris or Rome that has been around for hundreds of years (and even longer), there will be plenty of museums and monuments that tell stories about how those cities came to be what they are today.
- A good place to start might be with an architectural tour! If there’s one thing Europeans do well, it’s building things–they’ve had thousands of years’ worth of practice! If your hostel offers an architecture tour (or if there are any nearby), take advantage of this opportunity for some insightful learning about how buildings were constructed centuries ago using techniques that may seem foreign now but were once commonplace in Europe.*
- If architecture isn’t really your thing but history still intrigues you then consider visiting one or more museums related specifically towards whatever area interests most while traveling abroad; these could include anything from art galleries displaying pieces created centuries ago up until today all throughout Europe
Try a new language.
Learning a new language is an excellent way to expand your horizons and experience more of the world. There are many benefits to learning a second language, including:
- You’ll be able to communicate with more people in your travels. This can help you make friends easier, get better deals on things like hotels or tours, and even lead to opportunities for work abroad (or at home).
- It makes you smarter! Studies have shown that bilingual children perform better on standardized tests than their monolingual counterparts in both reading comprehension and vocabulary usage.
- You’ll gain an appreciation for how different cultures think differently from each other based on how they speak their native languages–and thus gain insight into why those differences exist in the first place!
Discover the countryside.
The countryside is an important part of the European lifestyle. You can explore it on foot, by bike or even by train. The local culture is rich with traditions and history that will fascinate you. Enjoying some fresh air and exercise while exploring nature is one of the best ways to discover new things about yourself and others around you.
The food in Europe is also very diverse, so there’s always something new to try! From traditional cuisines like Italian pasta dishes or Spanish tapas bars through French crepes or Belgian waffles – every country has its own unique culinary delights which will make your mouth water when thinking about them now!
Finally: getting closer with people from different countries who share similar interests as yours (for example photography), learning languages together etc…
Visit a vineyard or brewery tour.
If you’re new to wine or beer, consider visiting a vineyard or brewery tour. At these facilities, you’ll learn about the difference between wines and beers and how they’re made. Wine and beer are deeply rooted in European culture; it’s not uncommon for friends or family members to gather at home for dinner with a bottle of wine as part of their meal plan.
To get started tasting wine or beer:
- Smell the glass before taking any sips (this helps identify aromas).
- Take small sips so that your palate can process all of its flavors before moving onto another sip! Smaller amounts mean more flavor detection power too!
- Ask questions if something doesn’t make sense…you don’t want anyone else thinking “Oh no they di’nt!”
Traveling abroad has endless benefits, both mental and physical!
Traveling abroad has endless benefits, both mental and physical!
- Traveling abroad can help you learn about other cultures. This is a great way to broaden your horizons, as well as gain knowledge of different ways of living that may be foreign to you. Whether it’s learning how the French greet each other in their native language or seeing how a Buddhist monk lives his daily life, traveling abroad will provide you with an opportunity for self-discovery through exposure to new places and people that are unlike anything else in your everyday life back home.
- Traveling abroad can help you learn about yourself. When we travel, we often find ourselves in situations where we’re forced out of our comfort zones–and this can be good thing! Being exposed to new experiences helps us grow both personally and professionally (and sometimes even spiritually). Those who have traveled extensively tend report feeling more confident than those who haven’t because they’ve been able to develop skills like problem solving through trial-and error; these kinds of skills come naturally when trying something new without any guidance from outside sources such as books/videos etc…
Traveling abroad has endless benefits, both mental and physical! Not only will you experience new cultures and languages, but you’ll also have the chance to explore your own country in a new way. Traveling can help improve your memory and creativity while giving your brain a break from stressors like work or school. Plus, there’s nothing better than spending time outside in nature as it gives us all sorts of positive benefits like feeling happier or more relaxed when we come back home again!