Why sign up for adventure programs?
Whether it was real or fictional people who first whetted your appetite for exploring the globe, 2017 is the year for making those fantasies come true. Throw on that rucksack and follow in the footsteps of Gertrude Bell and Nellie Bly, Lemuel Gulliver, Alice and Sal Paradise: it’s time to go on an adventure abroad.
You probably won’t find yourself in a magical land of talking animals, nor a prisoner of a race of tiny people. Instead, what you’re guaranteed to come across on adventure programs abroad are cities and landscapes so fantastical that you’ll have to slap yourself to check you’re not dreaming, plus enough high-energy, blood-pumping activities to leave you oxygen deprived for the whole next year.
With the ease of global travel having come a long way since the epic expeditions of history’s greatest adventurers, there’s really no excuse not to embark on an adventure travel program this year. So, follow us down the rabbit hole as we introduce you to the reasons why signing up for adventure programs abroad and exploring the globe is the only way to spend 2017.
1. You’ll get your blood pumping.
If you’re worried you’ve not got enough excitement in your life, traveling abroad is one way guaranteed to break the monotony and get your pulse racing. When travelling the globe there will never be a dull moment; instead, you’ll be reminded at every turn what it feels like to be ALIVE.
You don’t have to go somewhere super remote in a country no one has ever heard of or do something crazy like jump out of an airplane to take your breath away. There are marvelous cities around the globe that scream adventure in very different ways, and they can still take your breath away too. We’re talking about cities like London, Cape Town, and Rio de Janeiro. Though well-known, adventure programs abroad in these cities are no less adventurous. Check out this incredible intro to London program to get an idea of the opportunities you might not know about.
2. You can push yourself to your limits.
Part of the fun of saying YES to an adventure is knowing that it picks you up from your comfort zone and plonks you in an activity or a place that forces you to challenge yourself like never before. It doesn’t really matter whether you travel 20 or 2,000 miles; the point is, adventure travel pushes us to see how brave, intrepid, and curious we can be.
Ever imagine yourself navigating a metropolis like Shanghai without knowing a single word in Chinese, or considered hopping on a train across Europe without a final destination in mind? These experiences can, and will, push you to your limits, without taking you so far out of your comfort zone that you resort to endless Facetiming sessions with your BFF back home, half trying not to cry the whole time, in a hotel room you booked on a whim with your credit card (that you have no idea how you’ll pay for).
Adventure programs abroad take you out of your comfort zone, while still providing a support system for you abroad, because you’ll have people there to turn to. However, you won’t be so smothered with guidance that you feel like you can’t wander the city streets for a day on your own, which brings us to #3...
3. You can build a traveling family.
However tough your adventures get, those who travel across the world find that they’re never alone. By surrounding you with a group of like-minded adventurers, adventure programs abroad are the recipe for an instant, supportive, and enduring traveling family, both during your time abroad and when you return home.
You help each other through the hard times: the accidental overnight stays in a bus terminal because you missed the last bus or the confused, gestured conversations with locals about how to get from point A to point B. Even if the hard times include moments when you just need a hug, they’ll still be there. They will understand that, while you might be an adventurer, you’re far from home and everyone needs a cuddle every now and then.
Adventure programs abroad will not only introduce you to the globe, but to others keen to be your partner in adventure on your trip, and many other trips in the future.
4. You’ll see the most beautiful places in the world.
Like we mentioned before, adventuring isn’t just about blood-pumping, high-adrenaline activities. No, an adventure abroad is also about sunrises over cityscapes you never could have imagined in your wildest dreams or standing in awe in front of an architectural wonder built hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.
But, don’t just admire these beautiful places in the world; you can do your bit to help them too. Adventure programs abroad often combine time to explore places of astounding natural beauty, where cute, cuddly, or downright bizarre creatures reside, with time to get your hands dirty and do your bit to help protect them.
5. You get exposed to new languages.
Adventure travel programs are an excellent way of exploring a country, and it doesn’t take long to realize that knowing a bit of the local lingo goes a long way. Even a few weeks adventuring abroad is enough to get you wrapping your tongue around those pesky phonics and weird words. While you might not come away fluent, many intrepid travelers find themselves beyond the “point and grunt” approach when it comes to selecting meals and have even worked out how to sell their pal for 20 camels by the end of their trip.
If you want to come away with a few more souvenirs in your linguistic rucksack, stick around and make the most of a language program to get you chatting away in no time at all.
6. You get an education in life, the universe, and everything.
While there’s no escaping the fact that a college education is pretty important, adventure programs abroad are a whole new approach to learning, and one courtesy of the best teacher: the school of life. Adventure travel brings you into contact with cultures, people, and places that you probably didn’t even know existed before. It teaches you more about the world than books or the internet ever could.
Embrace the tangible, experiential experiences that this form of exploring grants, and delight in touching, hearing, seeing, smelling and even tasting what the world is really like.
There are even opportunities to start an internship abroad off with an adventurous introduction to your city of choice. If this sparks your fancy, we recommend checking out this awesome program in Manchester.
7. You become the best version of yourself.
As you learn more about life, the universe, and everything in it, and are challenged every day, you begin to also learn about yourself. Every challenge has a reward right?
Adventures are the best way to allow us to see ourselves as we really are: independent, capable, and self-assured people who can rise to any challenge and come home with oodles of skills that set us up for life. Travel makes us feel like we are “our best self.”
Do you get what we’re trying to say? Adventure programs abroad are so much more than “adventures abroad.”
8. You have so many options to choose from!
The beauty of adventure travel is that you’re never short of options to pick from. It doesn’t matter which continent, landscape, or activity most strikes your fancy; wherever you look there’s an abundance of possibilities - and possibly a real headache when working out where you want to go.
If you’re really struggling to choose from the hundreds of adventure programs abroad before you, use MyGoAbroad to give you a sense of direction, and always, always don’t forget to check out the reviews and interviews of participants who have come before you. This information can be invaluable to your decision making process too. And lastly, don’t worry; you’ll soon find an adventure program abroad that speaks directly to your adventurous soul.
Ultimately, there’s nothing you can’t do now. With an adventure program abroad, you’ll learn to conquer your fears and see the globe as it was meant to be: adventurously.
This article was sponsored by BUNAC, a travel company dedicated to providing students and recent graduates with opportunities to intern in the UK.