So many options for restaurants, so many choices for bars, so many choices for destinations to go to and see. I understand why everyone wants to go to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome and Barcelona etc, and it's because our entire lives, these are the cities which are in our history books, they're the places we've seen so many pictures of, the places where our relatives have all been. But let's talk about why straying off the path and going to places and doing things little or no one else does will enhance your study abroad experience.
Once you leave your comfort zone I don't think you'll ever go back. Seeing and doing the same things as everyone else will only get you the same experience as everyone else. Do you want to be part of a 400 person Interlaken, Switzerland trip or be one of 16 people to go to Lake Bled, Slovenia and have a truly unique experience. Travel doesn't have to be in packs, it can be very organized, personable and fantastic beyond your wildest dreams.
Or if you'd prefer...then be one of these.
The same goes for being in Florence, most people tend to follow the crowd at first. understandably so, I get it. I remember being abroad for the first time and as soon as you leave your comfort zone, your natural reaction is to run around and say, "Wait, why did I leave? Let's just go back real quick." Let's go here with 100 other Americans or let's check out this bar that has a menu in all Italian.
It's going to be the things you didn't think you'd do, that you'll end up remembering.That is a fact. For the second time, jump out of your comfort zone and go running in the opposite direction. You'll thank yourself later. Trust me.
Or go have fun navigating in London...
While yes, I do work for a travel company and we generally have less people on our trips, I pride the fact that my co-workers and I can individually talk to everyone on their trip and show them more of a unique experience. That's what we want for ourselves and that's what we want for you as well. We don't want to give you a copycat version of the same Interlaken trip we ran last week, we're going to take you to a different couple of restaurants and do a different activity as last week and hell yes we'll go canyon jumping with you and then re-live it on your iPhone over a beer time and time again.
That's what we're here for...to make you have the most unique experience as possible, not to join 400 others on a tour around Europe as you muster your way in line for the Louvre in Paris with hundreds of strangers you've also never met.
And if your friends condemn you for wanting to go to Slovenia or Krakow, or Vilnius then tell them...
But seriously, some of the best places exist where others don't go, especially when it comes to travel and I hope all you past, current and future study abroaders take the road less traveled. In my experience it always has far more to offer.
That's why my favorite trips truly are Best of The East and Lake Bled, Slovenia.
And here to end this killer blog post, my favorite quote from famous poet, Robert Frost.
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost