10 Things That Are Just Better Abroad

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

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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8 Responses to “10 Things That Are Just Better Abroad”

  1. Jane
    Monday, 16 July 2012 at 12:53 #

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

    • Lauren Seidl
      Tuesday, 17 July 2012 at 9:05 #

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

  2. shruti
    Monday, 23 July 2012 at 3:05 #

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

  3. Freshbread3
    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 at 4:58 #

    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.

  4. Connor Davies
    Wednesday, 25 July 2012 at 9:05 #

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

    • Julien Peter Benney
      Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 1:51 #

      I understand people’s perspective, but there is a severe narrowness in thinking most places must have better weather than the UK. It is true that adjacent parts of Europe tend to have better weather than the UK, but Europe is clearly the most fortunate continent due to its latitude and being located on the western side, where summer cooling and winter warmth is more pronounced.

      Once you get south from Morocco or east from Turkey, almost all of Asia and Low Africa has far worse weather than Britain. Low Africa and Tropical Asia, as I can testify, are brutally hot and humid, or deadly hot and extremely dry in the deserts. This heat and humidity extends in summer as far north as Harbin – about equidistant from the equator and the North Pole, and in the region with the most seasonally extreme climate on Earth. Who would like equatorial heat and humidity one season and Arctic cold and dryness another, with merely three months and a half of lovely weather in transition?? Then there is the cold of Asian winters, which extends at low altitudes as far south as Zhengzhou – closer to the equator than mild Tangier, but colder in January than Reykjavík!

      The one exception in Asia, on paper at least, is the mild Himalayan foothills with comfortably cool weather year-round and abundant winter sunshine. It would be tough though for my sensitive skin to deal with the thin air and hot sun at Shimla’s or Murree’s 2200 metres, let alone higher altitudes. High Africa, owing to the altitude, is not unpleasant but is still at times rather hot and has the same problems for sensitive skin.

      Australia is in its brutal heat and dryness, or extreme humidity and heat in the northern flood season, no less extreme. The south of Australia – where I have lived all my life – has pleasant weather except for summer heatwaves, and Tasmania apart from the rain-drenched West Coast and mountains has close to if not the best climate in the world. New Zealand is essentially the same as Tasmania, and Central Chile is particularly nice with considerable sunshine and mild temperatures – Greater Concepcion has probably the best climate of any city its size in the world, and the dry Pataganian Steppe is quite pleasant with sunshine and mild temperatures. Except at the highest altitudes, however, eastern South America north of Bahia Blanca is really horribly hot and humid, though high Andean areas look pleasantly mild (e.g. Arequipa).

      Central America and Arizona are like Andean South America – pleasant at altitude, brutal in the lowlands. The eastern US is too extreme, as is Canada, but the central west coast has gorgeous weather just like Tasmania and New Zealand – look at, say, Crescent City in the redwood country of California, and even the Mountain west with its winter sunshine and cool summer nights is not unpleasant.

      All in all, if you look hard you will see England is not badly off for weather at all. I’ve been in the UK once, and the weather was dull and grey being winter, but I have frequently seen far worse weather much closer to home.

  5. William
    Saturday, 2 March 2013 at 7:12 #

    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.

    • Tiffany Harrison
      Friday, 8 March 2013 at 10:24 #

      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 🙂

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