A common question for me lately is “how do you travel?”
Well, for one thing, I am studying abroad so I have been living in Florence, Italy for 5 weeks and counting. I have tips and tricks for fellow young adults looking to travel the world.
Save your money.
One of the best parts about traveling is immersing yourself in the different culture(s). Wait to travel until you have saved up enough money to be able to truly adapt to the lifestyle of the places you want to go.
Take advantage of spontaneity.
Yes, wait to travel until you are financially ready. But once you are abroad, take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. Live like it is the only time you will visit that place. Airfare, trains, and busses are much cheaper to travel around Europe than they are in the United States. For example, for me living in Florence, I can book a train last-minute to another city in Italy for as little as 8 euro for a fun day trip.
Be cautious with travel agencies.
There are good travel agencies and there are bad travel agencies. It is worth researching before you book with one. They are good to use to get a low rate on travel and stay for weekend trips, but make sure you know what is included and what isn’t. You don’t want to have to deal with surprise expenses. It’s also important to know if any planned itinerary is mandatory or not. Some people like to follow planned itinerary but if you’re like me, you like to do your own thing. I took advantage of travel agencies to save money on travel and stay but I made sure I would be able to do what I wanted to do upon arrival.
Get to know the locals.
Whether or not you are in a city for an extended period of time, meet the locals. It’s the best way to discover authentic restaurants and less touristy places to go. It will also help you adapt to the culture and understand the different lifestyle.
Take advantage of every moment you have abroad.
As I said before, travel like you won’t travel to the place you’re in again. Get up early, see the city, try new things, experience the nightlife. There is no time to be lazy while you’re abroad!
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