10 Things That Are Just Better Abroad

Mexican Coca Cola by Albert Valles Images, on Flickr

Ever notice that while you’re in a different country some things seem better than they are in your home nation? Maybe this is due to the euphoric state of mind travel puts you in, or maybe things seem better because they’re different. No matter the reason, this sensation makes exploring the world even more enjoyable.

Here are ten things that just seem better while abroad:

10. Karaoke

Okay, so karaoke isn’t number one on the list of things to do while abroad. But if you do happen to stumble into a karaoke bar while in another country, you should jump on stage. Usually the popular song choices are old U.S. hits. You can feel like a rock star in Spain as you belt out well-known tunes from your native language, while if you were in the U.S. you’d be another wannabe jukebox hero.

9. Currency

The money you use at home is boring, but when you’re abroad it seems much more fun! The colors and the pictures on bills and coins shake things up a bit, and they can and give you a mini history lesson on the country you are staying in. Let’s not forget about the names; loonies and toonies are much more fun to say than euros. Want to experience currency first-hand? Check out all the jobs abroad on GoAbroad.com and turn your dreams into reality.

8. Architecture

Buildings just look cooler in different countries. This is especially true if you visit a country much older than the one you are from. Seeing beautiful structures built during different architectural eras is a breathtaking experience. Visiting countries in which the climate and culture are much different than your own is also interesting; houses are altered to adapt to extreme weather or unique living styles. Discover all the places you can study architecture abroad on GoAbroad.com!

7. Beaches

Laying on a beach in Greece is much more enjoyable than hitting your local watering hole. Beaches in any country other than your own just seem better. You get to take in new sights and maybe hop into a new body of water. Sometimes the water may be more clear or take on a unique color due to microscopic lifeforms. Maybe the sand is softer or the sun is brighter. Or maybe you’re able to relax more knowing that you’re far away from your responsibilities at home.

6. Street Music

Street Music

Street Music by Gamma Man, on Flickr

Exploring a new country is always exciting, but street music brings a stroll through town to the next level. You are reminded that you’re someplace new and can actually hear the culture around you. Any type of local music while abroad is enjoyable because it gives you another dimension of life in that country. See all the ways you can study music abroad on GoAbroad.com.

5. Food

While sometimes food abroad may be a little different from what you’re used to at home, it usually seems better. Trying ethnic foods is always more enjoyable when prepared by people who are pros at cooking those dishes. You feel like you’re eating foreign delicacies, although the food you’re eating is probably as common as a burger in the United States. Hungry yet? There are plenty of culinary internships abroad to consider on GoAbroad.com!

4. Wildlife

Seeing wildlife in another country is always exciting. Getting a look at unique animals in their natural habitats is a memorable experience. Even seeing new animals in the streets makes for an interesting time. While monkeys in India may be as common as pigeons in London, if you’re not used to seeing monkeys you’ll be entertained. Explore the ways you can study wildlife abroad, or even volunteer abroad with wildlife on GoAbroad.com!

3. Local Artisans

Local art usually seems better when “local” refers to a place thousands of miles from your home country. Artists have different ways of making their craft in other countries. They might even have forms of art that you’ve never seen before. Watching an artisan create something on a street in Paris is likely more entertaining than watching one on the street of your home country. And the art they produce usually seems more authentic.

2. Coca-Cola

Here’s a fun fact: Decades ago, Coca-Cola switched from using sugar as a sweetener to using corn syrup. Not many people seemed to notice, but travelers sure have. Some countries still serve Coca-Cola made with real sugar; it depends on which sweetener is more cost efficient in that region. Drinking a sugary Coca-Cola from a glass bottle is a delicacy in itself unique to certain countries.

1. Life

Let’s face it, life just seems better when you are somewhere else. You experience a sensory overload of newness that results in a feeling of elation. You’re like a kid experiencing everything for the first time, and it’s amazing.

Want to add to the list? Let us know what you think is better abroad in the comments section below!

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  • Jane

    Accents! I love to hear all of the different accents and could listen to the people talk all day!

    • http://www.goabroad.com Lauren Seidl

      Of course! How could I have left that off the list? Excellent addition, Jane.

  • shruti

    I just love the local markets of the different countries, buzzling with different smells, people, sounds, things..

  • Freshbread3

    Public transportation like city buses and trains are more fun when abroad, especially if the schedules are written in a language you are learning. In fact it is a great way to study.

  • Connor Davies

    The weather! Depends on where you call home, but I find that most places have better weather than the UK….

  • http://blog.about-esl.com William

    Everything is often better abroad, no matter where you come from because it’s new for you! Seeing the same thing everyday, no matter how beautiful, has a tendency to get a bit ‘same old’! I never realised the beauty of my home town until I left it for a few years.

    • http://www.GoAbroad.com/blog/author/gaptiffany Tiffany Harrison

      So true, William! You never really realize how much you appreciate the things you take for granted or see as ‘mundane’ until viewing them with a new perspective. Thanks for the comment :)