I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel outside of the U.S. However, the negative aspect of this is that I did almost all of my travelling when I was much younger, so my memories belong to that of a child/pre-teen/teen. I never got to experience the pure joy of travelling as an adult, and now that I’m at an age where I can truly appreciate a country’s scenery and culture, I have never-ending responsibilities that make it difficult to travel to such places. I hope to someday save up enough money and take some time to travel again, but until then I’ll had to settle for watching travel vloggers on YouTube and live vicariously through them. Does anyone else do that? I also enjoy watching travel videos that focus primarily on food from all around the world. I find it fascinating to see what someone from a completely different county and culture eats on a day-to-day basis.
I do regret not getting more involved in exchange programs in high school (although to be fair, my high school was brand new when I attended so their exchange programs hadn’t been fully established yet), but I still wish I could’ve had the opportunity to do so. If I could do the exchange, I would’ve chosen to stay in either Japan or South Korea. My advice to anyone who is considering studying abroad is to absolutely do it and do it as many times as possible. Most people have never even been outside of their own home state and might only get to travel within their own country when they’re older. So take advantage of any opportunity you receive, because it might be your only chance to explore a country and culture that is different from yours.