How To Encourage Someone To Travel Abroad

travels abroad, writing, study abroad, long distance relationships, writer, Devin Berglund
See the little green drop point? That is where I studied abroad. In Sippy Downs, Queensland Australia (Near Brisbane)

I never thought I’d fly half way around the world. The idea of it frightened me.

In High-School, I met many exchange students. I could describe most of them in this way: full of life, young, living with families they didn’t know, and most likely they spoke a different language. I am sure you know what I mean?

Me, Silvia, and Cassidy (My sister) with Leif Erickson (A Viking Statue, in Minot North Dakota)
Me, Silvia, and Cassidy (My sister) with Leif Erickson (A Viking Statue, in Minot North Dakota)

I was always drawn to these people because there was something drastically and beautifully different about them. Not just because they were from other countries and that their accents were gorgeous! But because they’d seen so much of the world and in my eyes they were much further ahead than those who had never been out of their state.

It was one day in the library at my Middle School that changed my  8th grade year. Her name was Silvia Atanosava. And she became my best friend that year!

My family took her under our wing. It was almost like I had a big sister. She was an exchange student from Bulgaria which, before meeting her I had never even heard of.

After seeing her come here on her own, I found myself thinking, “Maybe, I will go study and travel abroad someday as well.”
[Tweet “Have you ever wanted to study abroad?”]
[Tweet “Do you want to live abroad?”]
[Tweet “Have you ever had someone you know well tell you, they want to study or live abroad?”]

(If you have twitter, choose which option you fall under (above). I would love to know if you have lived abroad or not! Either way! I get excited when I talk about these things.)

If your answer was yes to any of these questions, read on – because I have some things that will help you reach your dreams. 

While in Mexico on a family vacation in 2009, I decided I wanted to stay there and maybe study abroad. As soon as I got home I looked into the qualifications of studying abroad in certain countries.

I’d studied Spanish in High-School, but hadn’t been speaking it or listening to it for a few years.

Which got me thinking… Hmm… where is it warm… and where they also speak English.

Only one place hopped into my mind as swiftly as a kangaroo.

It was a continent and country of it’s own. A red country full of desert, a country full of accents, Kangaroos, Koalas,  Dingos, and giant poisonous spiders and snakes. Or at least that is what I thought!

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4 year (Blog) Anniversary, already?

IMG_60914 years ago…

It’s crazy to think that it’s my blog’s 4th anniversary today and about how much I’ve done in the past 4 years.

4 years ago I was a Senior majoring in English/mass communications and a certificate in Publishing at Minnesota State University of Moorhead. I was flying to Australia to spend a semester studying abroad. Actually at this very moment, 4 years ago – I had already been in Australia for about a week or a little under.

It’s crazy because, if you told me to look ahead – I’d probably not have imagined it all.

Here are some pics from the past 4 years.

Me in Brisbane
Me in Brisbane
Brisbane
Brisbane
At my desk at uni (university)
At my desk at uni (university)
My lovely friend Sonja from Germany and I! :)
My lovely friend Sonja from Germany and I! 🙂

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Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment

Hello Everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, besides the tornado of revisions that spins above my head. I’d love to share some with you about Packing Light.

Packing Light is a story about one girl’s (Allison Vesterfelt Fallon) adventure across the 50 States of America with a friend. Her goal was to go to each State and write about it.

“We discover what we need when we live without things… Sometimes it’s good for us to need things and not have them.” -Allison Vesterfelt

I came up with an idea to go through all my things when I got home from Australia to figure out what I needed and what I didn’t need. I had spent a year and some abroad in Australia with only two big suitcases and a carry-on bag stuffed full of my stuff.

My clothes. Books. Decorations reminding me of home. My Cameras. My Computer. Everything I needed fit into two suitcases.

Yeah, It was hard to pack at first, but it was tougher packing to go home. I find myself always collecting more and more books, notebooks, and pens.

If you stay in one place long enough you will accumalate stuff and more baggage. Probably more than you need.

In the front pages of Allison’s book she has a Rick Steves Quote was, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags “Every year I pack heavier.” The Measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.”

Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She really knows what she is talking about. I don’t want to spoil the story for any people, so you must go check it out! 🙂

“I drove home crying, not just because of Ben, but because home didn’t feel like home anymore and I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the life I had before.” -Allison Versterfelt, Packing Light  Continue reading “Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment”

Live Through The Eyes Of Story

SONY DSCShe bounced him on her hip. His eyes lit up in excitement. He had never met his PaPa, David. David was an American GI, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia during World War Two. He had to leave with the rest of the GI troops when his time was up. He loved Margaret and wanted her to come back to Pennsylvania with him.
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