Traveling is More Than a Vacation

By: Kristi Chan

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be returning to Penn State’s Lawrence G. Foster Chapter of PRSSA as one of the Alternative Fund THON Chairs this fall. This summer, I had the opportunity to go on a road trip from California to Texas for three weeks. I have always had a passion for travel and adventure, but traveling is not just a temporary getaway from our daily responsibilities.

Whether you are studying abroad or planning a last-minute road trip, traveling is an investment where you will learn about yourself and the world around you. Exploring the next state over or a new country can entail a completely different lifestyle and culture. During my road trip, I was able to explore cities out west like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix; all of which are places that are uniquely different from cities on the east coast, such as Philadelphia or New York, where I call home.

Having friends out in the west coast is a great opportunity for me to reconnect with them and build my network. Meeting their friends has given me another way to learn how others live their daily lives. Anyone that I meet in my travels could be that one connection that provides me with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Who knows—maybe I can move out there one day and work with them! Traveling is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and adapt to any situation.

Each city brought new excitement, different people and a large variety of amazing food. Being given the chance to travel anywhere, near and far, has broadened my experiences and overall perspective on life. It’s not just about taking the scenic route, taking pictures for social media or being a tourist—it’s about how the experience makes you grow into a better person. Traveling has been one of the many vital ways that I attribute to becoming the person that I am today.

My advice to anyone who wants to or is planning on traveling sometime soon, here is a reminder that you aren’t just taking a vacation; you are taking a new road to explore life and learning how to appreciate the little things around you. Enjoy every moment of it.


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