Have you read Eat, Pray, Love? Good lord, no! But might I interest you in some Ayn Rand, Ayun Halliday or Malcolm Gladwell?
Have you been to___________? Probably not. I’ve only been to a few places. They just all happen to be a little scary to the average bear, and one trip right after another.
Why don’t you just go where they speak English? I speak other languages and I want to learn more. Also, my travel is an integral part of my education. It is not based on areas of high booze, sex or beaches, but rather areas I want to study. England and Australia appeal to me as a traveler, but not as a student. It would be counter-productive and perhaps a bit unethical for me to take money from NU, the government, and my parents to go abroad for non-educational purposes.
Wasn’t it scary? And don’t they just treat women like crap? And aren’t they awful? (you get the picture…) No! I promise! I really have enjoyed everywhere I have gone, and I have never felt truly unsafe. I research where I go pretty heavily, and I have turned down opportunities because I deemed them unsafe. And if you come away from reading this blog thinking the people were awful and mistreated women everywhere I went, then I’ve failed. I tell it like it is, and that means mentioning the harassment. But I also get an alarming number of doors opened for me, and strangers who make sure I’m not lost, and people giving me presents at random. It’s a mixed bag, like anywhere else.
I wish I could do that! You can! And please do! If you’re in college, travel is super-easy. If you go to Northeastern, absolutely no complaints out of you! Leave a comment or shoot me an email if you want help figuring out how you can go abroad.
But did you go sky-diving/bungee jumping? Absolutely not. I think I would vomit profusely if I ever tried. It doesn’t really appeal to me, and that’s a lot of money for something I don’t have any interest in. We don’t all have the same tastes or the exact same experience on study abroad, even if it sometimes seems that way. I prefer wandering around a city solo, meeting little kids, going to lectures and impromptu fun over the dare-devil type stuff. I guess I’m just not that brave.
Stop going to scary places! Again I say: absolutely not. Also, as the person who actually went, they’re not so scary. My old apartment in Roxbury was scarier than anywhere I’ve been abroad.
Is that from place x/y/z? While I do LOVE to buy jewelry, clothing, decorations and accessories from abroad, lots of it is just Made in China and sold at H&M. Sorry, I’m just not that exotic. And suitcases are small.
…But I bet it cost a ton of money It didn’t! I swear! Look for a dedicated post on this soon, but Financial Aid and my NU scholarships applied, so that certainly helped. Also, I would be going to school anyway and nothing cost much over tuition. Finally, I go to developing countries where my dollar goes farther, and I’m a pretty frugal person in general. So I live happily average at home, and abroad I can often stretch that to average with many nights of excess if I feel like it–but I usually just save it for my next trip!
You went to…Turkey (or Lebanon or Costa Rica or South Africa or wherever), right? Hehe no, but that’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to remember everywhere I went and when and why, especially if you don’t see me that often. Let’s make a deal: don’t get mad if I forget the names and schedules of your kids, and I won’t get mad when you forget all my countries. Just don’t refer to them as “vacations”!