“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Many university programs offer opportunities for students to go to another country and learn about different cultures while they complete their degrees. These agreements provide students with a context to go and explore the world and to further their education. These programs are often enriching experiences where students meet like-minded people, discover new things about themselves and deepen their learning about the human experience. But why should university students be the only ones who get to have fun?
Life-long learning is a mindset, and the Lifestyle Project team gets excited about creating a context for self-education abroad. Within a university exchange program, students are able to meet others who are also experiencing a foreign culture in a new way. There are parties and events that get these people mingling with each other on a regular basis. Likewise in hostels, there is a communal space and a shared context of travelling in a certain way. This kind setting isn’t always easy to come across when we travel by ourselves because our context becomes limited when we stay in our private rooms, or merely walk around seeing things on our own.
What we are suggesting is that by entering into a cultural environment with a purpose, we will all be better able to broaden our horizons and to make connections through our shared learnings with other people. Allowing room for scheduled events or activities within your holiday doesn’t necessarily restrict your freedom, but it can deepen your overall experience. In fact, it is this same approach that usually allows us to enjoy our day to day lives when we are at home.
Studying abroad doesn’t have to mean enrolling into a long term class. Although a month of studying another language might be a fun experience, we think that something as simple as a one day cooking class or a poetry reading is enough to get inspired.
Taking the learning approach to travel will allow you to discover things about yourself that you never knew were true. By testing the waters of the unknown, we expand our comfort zones. Now is the time to take a risk, to be bold, and to do all of the stuff that you have been dreaming about. The world is a university.
Let’s change the way we travel, together.
The Lifestyle Project