Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

"When I got home, I knew I had to find a career that would allow me to continue to travel and that’s exactly what I did." - By Stacey Zable, Travel Writer

My older sister did a semester in England during college and traveled all over Europe. I would get postcards every few days from another city outlining her adventures. I knew that when I was a junior in college that I too would be an exchange student. What I did not know was that it would change my life.

I studied in Nottingham, England (the land of Robin Hood) and was one of only a handful of Americans. We traveled around the U.K. during the school semester and when it ended headed to Europe. It was the people and the long conversations that impacted me the most during my travels. Listening to how they viewed Americans and hearing about their every day lives, I came to better understand myself. It helped shape me as an adult.

We lived in student hostels, traveled with only what we could fit in our backpacks and ate mostly bread and cheese and drank bottled water and local wine. We took Eurail from city to city, somewhat planning our course, hopping on the train to leave early if a city didn’t match our expectations, and adding days if it seemed too perfect to leave.

I have returned to England and Europe numerous times since then, but nothing can replicate the feeling of freedom and adventure of that special time. When I got home, I knew I had to find a career that would allow me to continue to travel and that’s exactly what I did. Each and every day I am grateful that I am able to pair my two passions of writing and travel, and actually get paid for it. – My older sister did a semester in England during college and traveled all over Europe. I would get postcards every few days from another city outlining her adventures. I knew that when I was a junior in college that I too would be an exchange student. What I did not know was that it would change my life.

I studied in Nottingham, England (the land of Robin Hood) and was one of only a handful of Americans. We traveled around the U.K. during the school semester and when it ended headed to Europe. It was the people and the long conversations that impacted me the most during my travels. Listening to how they viewed Americans and hearing about their every day lives, I came to better understand myself. It helped shape me as an adult.

We lived in student hostels, traveled with only what we could fit in our backpacks and ate mostly bread and cheese and drank bottled water and local wine. We took Eurail from city to city, planning our course, but hopping on the train to leave early if a city didn’t match our expectations and adding days if it seemed too perfect to leave.

I have returned to England and Europe numerous times since then, but nothing can replicate the feeling of freedom and adventure of that special time. When I got home, I knew I had to find a career that would allow me to continue to travel and that’s exactly what I did. Each and every day I am grateful that I am able to pair my two passions of writing and travel, and actually get paid for it. – Stacey Zable, Travel Writer

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    Selina

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    Madelyn

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