The Almost Selfish Nature of Travellers

Selfish Nature of Travellers and Travel Warning

Have you ever looked at the U.S. travel warning list?  It’s a pretty sad list.  At one point, I thought, “Wow, it sucks that I can’t go to these places, because they’re too dangerous.”  There are so many places on that list labelled “warning” that I would love to visit, like Israel, Cuba, or the Philippines.  Then, one day, I was talking to one of my professors about this, and he said something really enlightening.  He told me that he thought the same way as I did at one time, but then he realized how selfish it was to wish for the politics and stability of a country to improve, just so he could visit, instead of wishing for the situation to improve for the people living there.

​This idea couldn’t have made a bigger impact on my way of thinking.
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Explore Your Home!

Explore Your Home Painting

Sometimes when you come back home from a trip (or, in my case, a year of study abroad), your hometown may seem a little boring. What happened to the adventure every day? Seeing new sites? Eating weird foods? Talking to cool people? It seems like all of that is gone.  Since I’ve been back, I’ve tried to keep that spirit of adventure alive. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find new, adventurous things to do, and here are the best ways to find some.  Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to explore your home too!
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The Art of Haggling

Greece Haggling Parthenon

This week I went to Greece, where I tested my haggling skills.  Now, there was a major mental barrier that I had to conquer before I could actually haggle.  I actually felt bad thinking about arguing for a lower price with people who might need the money.

Then I realized that the vendors were prepared for people to haggle.  They probably previously raised the price to compensate.  And let’s be real, I don’t have a ton of money to be throwing around either – thank you, college.

I ended up successfully haggling for two of my souvenirs…well, I got them down to two-thirds of the original price.  Obviously, I’m no means an expert, but here are a few tips that I learned on through my experiences.
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