My love affair with travel started pretty early in my life. I was lucky enough to make annual trips to the beach with my family, and I often got to go out West to visit my Nana. However, it wasn’t until I was 18 that I got a taste of traveling abroad.
The summer before college I was able to go to Bermuda and Ireland with my family. These amazing experiences were following by two study abroad opportunities in college. The first time, I fell in love with London during a summer study session. The second time, I spent four months in Verona, Italy.
When I travelled to London with my university, we all attended a program through AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study). While I was in Italy we studied with professors from our university back in Georgia. Both of these experiences offered pros and cons, which I'll touch on in a later post.
I can’t say enough about my study abroad experiences. As an Art History minor in college, having the opportunity to see so many things I’d learned about in the classroom was invaluable.
A great resource for anyone considering studying abroad is History in High Heels - she has so many tips and tricks for studying abroad and living in foreign cities!
If you're considering studying abroad, I'd highly suggest taking the plunge and going for it. The ability to take three or four months off from reality is something I would love to do again! College is an experience, and studying abroad adds another layer to that experience. There are often financial aid opportunities available, which can help make the cost of studying abroad easier to digest.
Since my time traveling during college and graduate school (which included two more study/research trips to London), I’ve had to learn how to travel while gainfully employed. Most of my travel has been within the southern United States, but I've also made it across the Atlantic for a few memorable trips.
With Let’s Jet, Jess! I’ll explore all the ups and downs of travel and everything that goes along with it.
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