When you study abroad, no two people will have the exact same travel itinerary. Some will travel every weekend outside of the country, venturing as far as Africa. Others will spend the majority of their stay exploring the depths of the country that is hosting them. Regardless, there is no right or wrong way to travel while abroad, though I would recommend exploring both within and without the country. I spent my first weekend shedding jet lag and getting to know my roommates by exploring Milan; the next weekend by touring neighboring Verona and Venice; and by the third week, I was traveling outside the country to Amsterdam. In the four months that I studied abroad, I visited 14 different places (not including Milan). It is a number I am proud of, though I know that many other students will seek to experience even more. No matter where you go, solo or with groups, by train or plane or car, within or without the country, the travel tip that rang most true for me was “expect the unexpected”: flight delays, getting on the wrong train, dirty hostels, losing your credit card, getting scammed, etc. Bearing in mind that not everything will go perfectly always eases the anxiety that inevitably arises when things don’t go according to plan. Cheers to all your future travels!
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