Yes, I am a college student travel blogger. And no, I haven’t studied abroad.
It is one of the most frequent questions that I am asked. I respond “no” and wait for their reaction and follow-up statement that’s something along the polite version of “How the hell are you a travel blogger then?”
This is not one of the posts to bash everyone who has chosen to study abroad. In fact, I think it is one of the most rewarding things a person can do in their lifetime. If a good opportunity comes about, take it.
I went to college with the mindset that I was going to study abroad. I was excited, and researched everything from ‘A Semester at Sea’ to a year in Australia to six weeks galloping around Europe. I dreamt of saying I survived college in another country, that I met many friends from all around the world, that I was fully submerged in a new culture.
It’s a once in a lifetime adventure, and those who venture into the unknown journey only return happy and full of newfound knowledge. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The truth is, I chose not to study abroad because of the cost that comes along with it.