By Allie Filmanowicz
1. How to laugh off the stressful times
2. Home can be anywhere you want it to be
Your small apartment in Florence (or Rome, or Barcelona, etc.) will always feel like home to you, as it should.
3. Always say yes to one more weekend trip, one more bite of pizza, and one more adventure
If studying abroad didn’t prove that you will never regret being a little tired in the morning, or a little behind on that paper if the adventure you took was worth it, then you didn’t really study abroad.
4. The world is full of good people who are willing to help you for nothing in return.
Think of the man in Prague who helped you in broken English find the right train, the bathroom attendant who let you in when you didn’t have the 50 cents, or the old Italian woman who talked to you as you sipped espresso at a cafe. All wonderful people you are better off for knowing.
5. You are extremely blessed
6. How to navigate any city in the world
Data or no data, you have explored cities you have never been to all around Europe flawlessly — or not so flawlessly — but you did it. If you can handle finding your hostel in London in the middle of the night with no cell service, anywhere else you have to navigate will be a breeze.
7. If you get offered a free meal, take it
Ballin’ on a budget isn’t easy. If you ever hear someone say free bagels, sprint towards them.
8. You don’t need to constantly be on your phone
9. Spending time alone is good for the soul
Whether you decided to travel alone for the weekend, or just spent the afternoon walking around your favorite city doing some soul searching, everyone can agree a little time alone is good for figuring out who you are and who you want to be.
10. Live life to the fullest