Traveling to new and foreign places across the world can be quite a daunting task. For the most part, however, doing it with a friend or family member makes it a lot more fun, easily handled, and gives you the confidence to go out and do whatever in the safety of good company.
For most, this happens on family or business trips. Sometimes people just have the money to get up, book a trip to Europe, and go with the family. (Boy am I envious of those who do this.) But on the other hand, sometimes business requires trips internationally to conduct business with other corporations or branches in the company.
But there are those few who maximize their opportunity to travel when they’re in college. And really, this is the time to do it. You’re young. Almost always there is someone else from your class going. And oftentimes you’ll have a comparable rate of tuition abroad that matches your expenses at college in the States. There’s not much better opportunity than this to go and see the world.
I can relate to this opportunistic time of one’s life. During my junior year of college, I studied abroad in Japan. The only thing I can honestly tell you I was missing was other colleagues or friends accompanying me. Because, yeah, I went all alone to stay in an apartment for an entire semester by myself without knowing anyone. (To say this was daunting is an understatement.)
During my time there, however, I was able to learn a lot about the things I liked and wanted to do because I was independent, on my own, and quite alone a lot of the time.
No matter the case, this isn’t a story about me finding myself and growing while abroad. Rather, this is about useful things one can either bring with them or find internationally that will suit them quite well while on their own.
Whether you’re using cheap moving boxes or plastic totes, having boxes as your storage really helps to keep the place tidy and organized when you’re in a different place. It’s easy to accumulate “stuff” while abroad simply because you’re excited, trying new things, and finding little trinkets to buy. But coming back to the apartment or dorm to a mess of things doesn’t feel the greatest. Rather, you should get your things in line and organized in order to keep yourself organized while you’re trying to make the most of your experience.
Often, people try to pack too many things when going abroad, but the reality of it all is that you only need the essentials. From there, you’ll pick things up or learn to live minimally (which is really a great thing to do while abroad anyway).
Don’t make the mistake of packing too much or hoarding while overseas. If anything, though, get yourself some cheAp moving boxEs so that you can bring stuff home, ship it back, or just stay organized while you’re studying abroad.