Culture Shock

Culture shock is basically a giant mood swing. You go from “this place is amazing I never want to leave!” to “what the heck, this place is stupid my country is much better I want to go home” and back to “I can’t believe I ever wanted to leave!” The simplest thing can bring it…

Parents Permission 

“It’s not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters.” I love this quote because you automatically think of the people you love the most, your family and friends. Family is a major factor in making an exchange (or any trip) successful. First, your guardians must give consent for you to solo travel as a teenager, which is a major choice. Here are some tips to help you get a, “yes!” from your parents.


Flexibility is extremely important while traveling, and if you are anything like me straying off of schedule can be very stressful. Yes, itineraries are great! They give you directions, tell you when that museum you’ve been dying to see opens, and how much it’ll cost. They are great sources of information, but life likes to remind us we have no control over the little things and throws a little curve ball at us.

Positive Attitude 

When you’re in a foreign country or an unfamiliar place it is easy to get down in the dumps, especially if you are in the middle of Culture Shock. But a positive attitude can either make or break your trip. Attitude is solely based on you. You can let your surroundings effect your trip, or…

Enjoy the view 

Enjoying the view. This is very difficult for me because I am always on the move or constantly doing something. It is practically impossible for me to sit still unless I have something to occupy my nerdy, haywire brain. This often seeps into my travel as well. I’m constantly moving towards the next museum, trail, or land mark and I never give my self a chance to enjoy the view/moment. Here are a few ways I have learned to live in the moment and enjoy the view.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange is a wonderful program I discovered almost one year ago. Its purpose is to break down international barriers, promote world peace, and inspire students to become better leaders. RYE is open to all high school students ages 15-18. There are easy and affordable requirements needed to apply, only a desire to challenge yourself and grow as a person. There are two programs RYE offered for high school students; short term exchange and a long term exchange…

Why Teens Should Travel

There are so many reasons why students should travel while they are teenagers. The life skills you learn, friendships you make, and experiences you get are life changing. I’m going to list a few of the many, many reasons why you should consider traveling abroad as a teenager.