Surviving the Travel Bug During a Pandemic 

June 9, 2021

Let’s face it… everyone is susceptible to the travel bug at some point in their lives. I can usually pinpoint when the travel bug is about to hit me, almost like how I can tell when I’m about to actually get sick. I start to lose focus on everyday tasks and tend to feel jittery and rambunctious. It’s almost like I need to run off all my built-up energy from staying in one place for too long. For some people, the travel bug isn’t so much built-up energy as it is the curiosity or desire to explore somewhere new. Either way, there is something inside us that nudges us outside of our comfort zone because we aren’t made to stay in one place forever! 

I can usually satisfy my need for travel by taking weekend trips camping or to the beach, but quite honestly, there is nothing that can replace traveling to somewhere completely foreign to you. 

I’m here to tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope for the future, and even a “vaccine” for the travel bug, if you will. Are you ready to hear how you can beat the travel bug? Here it goes! 

API is offering in-person and virtual options for the 2021 summer AND fall semesters! The programs that are currently available to students are:

I want to make a note that even if these programs aren’t your location of interest or area of study, opportunities are still available to you. Whether you have to push back your study abroad trip or decide to travel leisurely after graduation, this is a perfect time to start planning! I know that the uncertainty of the future can be frustrating, overwhelming, and even discouraging, but I’m here to tell you that it is never too early to start preparing for a trip overseas. The earlier you start saving financially, the more wiggle room you have to spend on excursions, museums, or cuisine abroad! You also have the opportunity to research the culture and country you’ll be visiting. If you’re planning on traveling to a country that speaks a different language, you get the extra benefit of additional time to practice! 

I want you to promise to me, and yourself, that you don’t let the uncertainty of the future discourage you from future travel endeavors. Whether you are able to go abroad tomorrow, in six months, or two years, international travel has a transformative impact on our well-being. These experiences are the ones that make us who we are and push us to become who we want to be. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay hopeful. 

If you’d like a resource for how to plan for your trip abroad, I have created a workbook that is included in my book Become A Better You Abroad that you can access here:

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