Americans: The Ugly Travelers?

Americans: The Ugly Travelers?

Americans: The Ugly Travelers?

AuraAvenue_WanderBlogPostOne way to stick out like a sore thumb is to not adapt to the culture you’re surrounded by. As an American, I love to represent my country but around the world, we Americans are infamous for being loud, demanding, and to have an outrageous demeanor. But, there’s a season of change upon us. Aura Avenue, along with others, are on the forefront of changing the face of how young Americans travel. The new generations of travelers are becoming savvy, sophisticated, and knowledgeable. But why?
Technology is our ally
Nowadays, we have so much more access to information than ever before. We even have the capability to see almost every street in just about every major city before we set foot outside our front door or, even on the go from our nifty smart phones. We can check out in advance where the locals eat, drink and imbibe in their local habitats. Technology making a big world smaller.
Why is traveling so beneficial?
Traveling gives you a unique fingerprint, something special. I believe travel can be one of the greatest equalizer in existence. Travel enriches your life, it deepens your appreciation for people, and it gives you a completely different perspective. And if that’s not enough, it sure will help in a job interview. Maybe you could not afford to have an ivy-league education, but when you go to a job interview and have traveled overseas, you have so much more to offer to your prospective employers. You have real life experience and things to talk about. And travel gives you the chance to be different and tell your own individual story. As one truly wise friend of mine once said, “how can you have life experience, without experiencing life?” Travel, travel and more travel is a great way broaden your horizons, and deepen your appreciation for the richness of life you have all around you day-to-day. You realize that people, no matter where you are, want to attain the sense of being loved for their individuality. And isn’t traveling a great way to find who you are? No matter if you’re American or not, traveling is always a great experience. Even if something doesn’t go as planned, you’re still learning from it!
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To go along with my “words of wisdom” here are some International travel tips:
1. Pack on the lighter side, ladies that means say no to 10 pairs of shoes. I know its hard, but trust me the essential neutrals will be just fine. Lighter luggage = easier travel.
2. Don’t forget to get appropriate vaccinations! Although it may sound insignificant because you might think you’re invincible or it won’t happen to you, it might. So take precautions or at least take a look into it.
3. Fanny packs are never a bad idea. I know sounds unfashionable but they are extremely useful when traveling in populated areas, and you can even find some cute ones if you look. I found this website useful for travel bags. www.raiscase.com If you still hate it wear it under your clothes! I promise there useful.
4.Bring a few scanned copies of your passport and carry one with you at all times. It will definitely be lifesaving if you lose your real passport. Color copies don’t hurt.
5. Don’t forget to bring snacks when traveling long distance, especially if you’re like me and always have the munchies. Trust me, you’ll be surprised by how happy you are when your stomach starts to grumble and you have a handy dandy protein bar.
Hope you find some useful information from my fresh out of high school perspective!
XOXO
Riley Richardson – Aura Media & Travel Contributor

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