There are lots of opportunities for students to travel: be it to postpone your degree and travel the world after taking your A-levels; to take a placement abroad; or to spend your summer months volunteering. Reports show that over 20,000 UK students spend time abroad for a period of over three months each year.
It’s hardly suprising so many students decide to spend time away from the UK: the benefits of travelling are well documented. You can make new friends, broaden your outlook and gain stories to tell. But that’s not all: you may also improve your brainpower and become more outgoing.
According to a study by Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, those who have lived abroad are more creative. His research found that the more countries people had lived in, the more creative their work tended to be. However Galinsky says that just being a tourist isn’t enough to see any benefit. “Someone who lives abroad and doesn’t engage with the local culture will likely get less of a creative boost than someone who travels abroad and really engages in the local environment,” he says.
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Gain confidence and independence
Travelling and living abroad can also affect the way we interact with people. Research by Dr Julia Zimmermann and Dr Franz Neyer compared the personality development of a large sample of German university students who had studied abroad for at least one semester with a non-travelling group.
The results showed that those who studied abroad were generally higher in extraversion than those who chose not to travel during their studies: the travellers were likely to enjoy being around other people more than being alone. When they returned home after travelling, the participants also tended to show an increase in openness to new experiences, agreeableness and emotional stability.
Tom Champion, 26, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield who is studying in Singapore for 18 months, says he has become more accepting and compassionate since living abroad. “Seeing the world through a foreigner’s eyes has led me to realise my previously invisible cultural habits and hone my sense of empathy and my ability to understand others,” he says.
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Moving abroad also allows young adults to gain a new sense of responsibility and independence, and to manage their own finances. Nikitha Aithal moved to the UK from India when she was 10 years old, and later worked in Spain for a year as part of her undergraduate language degree at the University of Leeds. She says: “Living and working in Spain made me appreciate the struggle my parents went through when moving to the UK – simple things such as setting up a bank account or paying the water bills.”
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Sharpening your mind is a no-brainer
The new and unusual situations we encounter while travelling – whether trying to figure out how to navigate the local metro system, or just to order a meal in an unfamiliar language – help to keep our mind sharp, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association.
It found that challenging new experiences can boost cognitive health, as when your brain is exposed to an environment that is novel and complex, it reacts by forming new connections as it tries to categorise the new and unusual stimuli. This grows the brain and keeps it active in a similar way as taking up a new hobby or learning a language.
So if you’re in the fortunate position of being able to chose whether or not to travel, why not take the plunge and explore the world – your brain will thank you for it.
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Everybody wants to broadens their mainds in different ways. People just want to become smarter and smarter while doing something like reading or watching TV. There are many interesting ways of expanding your knowladge but in my opinion travelling is the best one. In this short essay I want to show why it is better than other methods.
To begin with there are lots of interesting places in the whole world that everyone wants to see. Everybody wants to know more about the biggest cities, their customs or about ancient cities traditions. As I already mentioned travelling is the best method of doing these. Of course you can do it in the other ways that are cheaper and easier to realize but travelling is really better than others. Firstly – while watching TV you can not touch anything, you can just look at the screen of your TV that seems artificial. Secondly - You have to watch exacly what the movie directors wanted to show in the current moment. Thirthly – when you ware in the country that u wanted to visit you can buy suvenirs or gifts that u can not get anyware else. Buying gifts for family or friends is really important for many people. The pleasure of giving someone a gift after your arrivial is really worth a penny or two.
However there are also lots of disadvantages of expanding your mind by travelling. Firstly – it is really expensive. You have to be really rich or greedy to afford exclusive trips to other countries. Travelling is more effective than watching Discovery or other channel but if you are poor you can only watch TV that is just not effective. Secondly – travelling can be really dangerous. Danger of infection in exoctic countries is really high. You can easy get infection with bite of the mosquito or contact with „Tse-Tse” fly. Nowadays you can also really easy become a victim of terrorist attacks.
To sum up travelling has more disadvantages than advantages but I am still strongly confident that it is better than anything else. More effective way is the best way!
PS. Nie wiem czy to jest dobrze napisane, oceńcie to poprostu, ja tylko odrobiłem prace z angielskiego i starałem się to zrobić jak najlepiej potrafiłem. Za wszystkie uchybienia/błedy wielkie SRY! :)
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