“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag
Some of the most exciting and enriching experiences I have had as an international student in the US have been on the road – travelling to different cities, sampling new cuisines and meeting interesting people!
The first city I visited in the US was none other than the Big Apple. There is a method to all the madness in NYC and there is an infectious vibe to it that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. I was fortunate enough to spend last winter and this past summer in NYC during my internship. You can be overwhelmed, but you will definitely never be bored in this urban jungle.
Spring break is a relatively new concept to most international students. So staying true to its’ portrayal in most Hollywood movies, my friends and I decided to hit sunny Florida. A trip to Universal Studios in Orlando brought back the child in me and I could lay on the warm sandy beaches of Daytona forever – especially after braving the brutal winters in Syracuse!
Labor Day weekend is a relatively short break so I drove a few hours southwest to Columbus, Ohio. The weekend was spent barbecuing (yum) and hiking trails at Hocking Hills State Park. An interesting piece of trivia – Richard Roe, a hermit who lived in a section of the park called ‘Old Man’s Cave’ during the early 1800’s, is legend to still be heard there today. Campers have been known to hear the baying of his hunting dogs on full moon nights crying for their master to return. Spooky much!?
Late summer, just before this fall’s classes were about to kick in, I made a quick last minute trip to Washington, DC. The capital is a perfect mix of the old and the new and I was fascinated by the beautiful monuments and memorials.
As exciting as the prospect of travelling sounds, a few pointers can be helpful when trying to avoid any unwanted surprises/roadblocks. Booking tickets/hotels in advance and using student discounts to snag cheap fares is essential. If you find yourself travelling to a different time zone (there are 6 in the US!), double check departure/arrival times. Transportation gets tardy during winter months so be alert. Always travel light (are you listening ladies?) to avoid unwanted baggage charges and to make moving around much easier – after all you don’t want anything holding you down while you bring out the nomad in you!
And as I write this blog following my most recent trip to the Windy City, I can’t help but daydream about my upcoming vacation – next stop India!
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