For a student, traveling is an opportunity to learn, see the world from new perspectives, slow down from the demanding college life, and make international friends. Traveling should be inspiring and stimulating. That is why when booking your flight reservation or making other travel arrangements, you need to choose a travel destination that will inspire and teach you things you have never (or will never) learn in the classroom. Here are 7 inspiring countries that you will love to tour as a student.
Costa Rica is one of the few countries with outstanding biodiversity- A desirable variety of plant and animal life. If you are enthusiastic about environmental conservation, you will be greatly inspired by how the government of Costa Rica- and the people- care about their animals.
Costa Ricans are very hospitable people and offer perfect family vacation rentals and also vibrant yet under-explored cultures. You will enjoy learning their languages (Spanish included), learning to cook their foods, and immersing yourself in their long-standing commitment to education. You can engage in in-depth community service experiences if you want to get valuable cultural capital and perspective.
This Central American country is also defined by breathtaking scenery. It is arguably the best country in the region for outdoor explorations and adventures. Costa Ricans are super friendly to young foreign travelers and they are always ready to help you explore their country as a local.
Hungary is home to 13 Nobel laureates. Of the 13 laureates, 11 are in the field of science. No other country in the whole world has ever achieved this feat. If you are crazy about science, you will be inspired after walking in the steps of the many renowned Hungarian scientists.
Australia is home to the ‘flying fox’- The largest bat species ever known to man. Australia is also the only country where Emus, the second-largest living bird by height after the Ostrich, lives. This is the only place where you can find all living Kangaroo species. Clearly, the place to visit if you are keen on wildlife conservation!
The United States is a truly unique country. It is the most diverse country in the world, has the most heroic yet fragile history, and is the epicenter of democracy and political maturity. It is also home to most of our beloved movies. And because the USA has the highest number of universities in the “top 100 universities in the world in 2019” list, visiting the country is your best opportunity of discovering the secret behind their success. Interacting with the many international students studying in American universities will also inspire you to challenge for learning and employment opportunities upon graduating.
Another inspiration you will find in the US is the love alumni have for their colleges and universities. It is a big deal where someone went to school, even decades after they have graduated. This is not something students from other nations take much pride in, but maybe they should.
Israel is the only country in the world that has bus stop libraries. You will enjoy your favorite book without having to worry about return dates, late fees, or an angry librarian. Israelites are responsible enough to borrow and return books without being pushed. And if someone has a book that he/she doesn’t read anymore, they always deposit it at their nearest bus stop library for others to read. If you haven’t seen a system that’s based 100% on trust and generosity, you definitely should visit Israel.
If you are enthusiastic about security and forensics, Israel is among the best in the world in that regard. You will learn a lot by interacting with off-duty IDF soldiers in the streets.
China. Given the size and growth of the Chinese economy, every student should aspire to get firsthand Chinese business experience. Visiting the Asian economic powerhouse will help you better understand the opportunities and challenges that await you after graduation. As most multinational business executives will tell you, what you know about doing business in a Western environment is very different from what you will learn in China. You need to navigate China’s business environment in person if you dream of ever becoming an accomplished multinational businessperson.
Rwanda. Rwandan cities are exceptionally clean. You won’t find any trash on the streets or in the drainage ditches. The country shuts down occasionally for a community service day, allowing people to clean their neighborhoods for a few hours. People dig new ditches, collect trash, and fix everything that is broken. They do it out of love, not as an obligation! Lots of lessons for a young student to take home!
Learning about the Rwandan Genocide is another inspiration that takes students to the small East African nation. You will have a chance of learning how the genocide started, how it was fuelled by hate and political irresponsibility, and how easy it is for genocide to erupt even in your home country.
The Rwandan genocide happened because of state-sanctioned incitement to hate. It all began with reckless words, was fuelled by a systemic demonization and dehumanization of some people and was exacerbated by deliberate neglect of the vulnerable and the powerless. Innocent children and helpless women were brutalized and violated. Men were slaughtered.
By the time you’ll be leaving Rwanda, you will have appreciated the importance of tolerance despite our differences and diversity and the need for responsible politics.
We hope that these suggestions will boost your appetite for inspirational traveling. But although learning is important, don’t forget to shake a leg and let loose. You are on vacation, after all.