3 Things I Learned While Travelling Overseas as a Student

  1. Uncertainty = Adventure

There are various things that can keep us from going out of our comfort zone and doing something big in our lives, such as traveling. We think we don’t have the money for it, we think we don’t have the time, or we have the FEAR of the unknown.  We fear getting into a situation where we are lost, don’t know what to do, or don’t even speak the language. I was making my way from Rome, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden. The reason for that is a much longer story I will get into in another post. When people asked me how or what I was going to do I said: “I have no idea, Ill figure it out on the way.”  This definitely isn’t for everyone, but it was the experience I desired. There’s a quote by Rolf Potts: “Having an adventure is sometimes just a matter of going out and allowing things to happen in a strange and amazing new environment—not so much a physical challenge as a psychic one”. Alright, so don’t think that I came up with this amazing thought by myself, I just wanted to have that adventure. I ended up one day in Hamburg, Germany.. I was hauling around my big backpack as I got off the train and I picked a direction and said, “I’m going to go that way today”. I knew nothing about Hamburg. I stumbled upon this building that was called “Miniature Wunderland” It is about 3 whole floors of the largest model train attraction in the world. I knew nothing about it and spent about 4 hours there. It was amazing. I didn’t have a plan, I had no idea what I was doing, and I ended up having one of the best days of the trip.  Another quote I love from him: “The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research.”

  1. It’s a lot cheaper to travel than you think, if you are willing to sacrifice some comforts.

You always hear: “I wish I had the money for that”, or “I will never be able to afford to travel”. This can be true, but if you are willing to sacrifice some comforts you can make it work. Stay away from Hotels. Hostels in a room with 15 other people, or Airbnb are great alternatives and you will meet amazing people. Grabbing a sandwich at a convenient store or from a bakery instead of eating at a restaurant. Sacrifice is part of the adventure.

  1. There are good people everywhere that care about you.

I learned that there are good people everywhere. I constantly was relying on locals to help me to find where to go and what things to see. Some invited me into their homes for food and others gave me tours. If you are good to them they are good to you. People care about you. I was renting an Airbnb from this older lady who lived by herself. She made me breakfast, washed my clothes, she even WALKED with me for THREE HOURS to show me places to see. She barely spoke English.  I only paid 20 bucks for one night! I was felt like I was at home. There are good people everywhere, you just have to be good yourself.

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