Pam Felice is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she learned every tip and trick in the book. She is also a freelance photographer, based out of Toronto, Canada. www.pamforster.com
College is a time of firsts- first time away from home, first time meeting new groups of people, and first time you pursue specific academic pursuits. Many students love all these new experiences, as they help to shed light on who they are. An invaluable first many students should also experience is travel. Broadening your horizons, being exposed to new cultures, and being on your own in a foreign country is scary but also incredibly empowering.
Decide what locations entice you. Are you attracted to warm climates? Or maybe a completely new culture? Whatever appeals to you, there is a travel style and locale for everyone. Many countries offer tons of activities with discounts for students, so do some research to get the best bang for your buck.
Once you decide where you are going, you need to figure out the how. Trips unfortunately cost a pretty penny, so save up beforehand. Many companies offer group prices for trips, so if you get a few friends together, you may be able to score a discount. If you want a vacation with soul, consider a volunteer abroad trip, which often provides accommodation and some meals in exchange for your time. Volunteering abroad is a great way to give back while appreciating and mixing with the locals. You may want to consider fundraising for a volunteer trip, as they can be costly to undertake. Your friends and family will want to help you pursue a worthy cause, so fundraising for trips is often very successful.
Getting out of your country and seeing the world is an experience that cannot be replicated by reading about it or watching on TV. The many feelings that come with travel- excitement, anxiety, liberation, and surprise will help you see the world in a whole new way; and shows you the impact people half a world away can have on you.