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Amel Elezovic is Traveling the World, Here Are 6 Reasons Why Traveling Abroad is Important for Young People.

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In high school and college, it is likely that you will receive some kind of encouragement to travel, study or work abroad. It may seem like you have a lot going on so you don’t seriously consider these opportunities or maybe you write them off since you plan on traveling later in life. I would encourage traveling at any age, but the earlier you can learn the lessons travel teaches the better.

When you are young you are still finding yourself and preparing for your school and career. The skills and experience you gain from traveling abroad can give you lifelong personal benefits as well as a leg up in the professional world.

In high school and college, you have the luxury of having flexibility since you can study anywhere in the world and have relatively long study breaks. It is a prime time to take advantage of your freedom and youth.

Top 6 reasons to travel abroad while you are young:

  1. You’ll Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As young people, most of us have a pretty established comfort zone. At home with mom and dad, in a community that has known you for probably a good part of your life. You have your established, friends, activities, hangouts and possibly jobs. We become comfortable in these daily roles and the idea of breaking out them can be scary and uncomfortable.

The problem is, you learn the most in uncomfortable, unfamiliar situations. In our daily routines, you know how to act and respond to people and your surroundings. Being in a new place, with different people, who hold different values and go about life differently (or not so differently you may find) strips all that familiarity away.

It can be scary, but once you figure out that you can connect with people despite differences, and you can navigate foreign environments, you become a smarter, more competent individual. Embrace the discomfort. Search for it, because it is helping you grow.

Amel Elezovic at The Level @ Alicante, Spain.

  1. Traveling Builds Confidence

As you conquer the obstacles of figuring out how to use public transit in a foreign country or asking for simple things in a grocery store, you are building confidence and the ability to adapt to foreign situations. I remember moving to a country where I spoke little to none of the languages.

When I returned home, I moved across the country to a state where I had no family, friends or connections. The prospect of that move may have intimidated me before living abroad, but then I thought to myself, ‘Well if I can do it abroad in a completely foreign system, I will be just fine in a place where I at least share the language.’

You realize that you CAN do things, despite the obstacles and suddenly the obstacles seem less obstructive and more like welcomed challenges.

Amel Elezovic at Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel.

  1. You, Will, Develop Cultural Sensitivity

Being culturally sensitive is key in our globalizing world. It is not enough to say “people from X country are like this.” It is important to look for underlying values that may explain a certain behavior in order to practice cultural sensitivity. A good example is when I was in Spain (especially in the south), where they take a 2-3 hour siesta and lunch in the middle of their workday.

Many people view this cultural norm as the people just being lazy when it really has a lot more to do with the fact that historically Spaniards value family facetime. Eating together as a family is more important to them than maximizing work time by scarfing a sandwich down at their desks.

Being aware of cultural values and norms is not only fascinating, but can help us understand international issues and conflicts, or even relate to the cultural norms of a foreign business partner. It is an important skill to be able to shift perspectives and see where someone else is coming from.

Cultural sensitivity will help you with your communication on both business and personal levels.

Amel Elezovic celebrating New Year’s eve in Cibeles, Madrid.

  1. You Can Adapt to Globalization

Whether you like it or not, with the internet and social media, we are globalizing quickly. It is not unlikely that you would end up with a job that has you travel for business or take part in conference calls with international business partners. In our globalizing world, it is important to be culturally sensitive and it can’t hurt to know a foreign language.

In the business world, having lived abroad can give you a competitive edge. Use the confidence and cultural sensitivity that traveling helps you develop and help it make you successful.

Amel Elezovic at The Level at Melia Alicante.

  1. Be Immersed in a Second (or Third) Language

 Before I lived abroad I never truly understood the beauty of becoming fluent or even proficient in another language. In the United States, we don’t need to know another language, or many would argue that. Once you travel abroad you realize that especially in Europe, almost everyone you meet speaks at least two languages somewhat proficiently.

We in the States have a bit of a disadvantage since geographically we cannot country-hop as easily as Europeans can. This is why traveling, especially for us, is even more important.  I would argue that in the globalizing world it really can only benefit you to speak another language. Not to mention, it opens up a whole new world of people you can now connect with and understand that you would never have gotten the chance to get to know had you never learned their language.

Living abroad is really the best way to learn a new language since you are forced to challenge and practice your skills on a daily basis.

Amel Elezovic at private Netflix Area at Melia Alicante.

  1. Infinite Opportunities to Network

I have studied and worked abroad and made some incredibly valuable connections. If you are interested in working internationally or even just having a couch to stay on in a country that you love, never underestimate the value of networking wherever you go.

One thing I have learned in my time abroad is that people are generally very friendly and love to talk about their home and culture. This is not always the case, but more than often it is. Making friendships abroad can make this big world seem a little smaller and help you feel more connected wherever you go.

The best advice I can give is to meet as many people on your travels as you can. It will definitely make your time abroad more enjoyable since the locals know best! Plus you never know when these connections will come in handy in the future whether visiting each other for fun or otherwise.

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You can find a lot of warm places out there in the United States. If you are interested in learning more about the warmest places out of them, you can follow this article. We will quickly highlight five of the warmest places that you can find in the United States as of now. Click here to ease the burden of these hot places.

Brownsville in Texas

Brownsville is a city in South Texas that is close towards the Mexican border and is situated just on western Gulf Coast. As a result, this city is rather far south. Although it is not the most southern city in the US, temperatures there may still become rather high, particularly in the summer. The typical high in the middle of July is 94.4°F. The warmest months are July and August, so avoid going then if you really want to escape the heat. In Brownsville, there are about 223 bright days each year. The US has 205 sunny days on average.

Dallas in Texas

Texas is a large and stunning state. But you guys, it’s hot as hell. The remaining four positions on our top list were occupied by four Texas communities. With 134 nights per year with temps over 90°F, Del Rio ranks fourth. The average temperature throughout the year is 81.6°F, as if that weren’t enough. Although not oppressively hot, it is still very warm. With 107 degrees in April 2019, Del Rio had its warmest April since 1984. Del Rio often has humidity, which makes it seem hotter than other sections of Texas which get more of a dry heat.

Nevada in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the warmest places in the US, which is no surprise given that it is located right in the heart of the desert. Regarding the hottest temperature ever recorded, it was tied with Tucson. At one time, 117°F was recorded in both cities. But here, the average summer temperature is substantially higher, rising to 104.1°F. In addition, Las Vegas is the American city that is warming the quickest, per the Climate Central, a group that researches climate change.

Tucson in Arizona

On the nationwide list of the warmest cities in the US, another Arizonan City was ranked second. Tucson has above 90°F temperatures on at least 148 days annually, which equates to almost 12 full weeks of oppressive heat. The typical daily high in mid-summer is 100.2°F.

Unexpectedly, Tucson often has warmer winters than Phoenix. Tucson’s record high temperature is higher than Phoenix’s on 58 days on average every year, and almost all of these days come in the late autumn or early winter.

Scottsdale in Arizona

Phoenix is now the warmest city in America, per the climate data from a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The city experiences above 90°F temperatures 169 days out of the year. And the scorching 122°F was the hottest temperature ever recorded. That is sexy as hell! On June 26, 1990, Phoenix saw its all-time high temperature of 122 degrees, which was recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

What causes Phoenix to get so hot? It’s because the valley’s surrounding mountains obstruct rain and clouds, allowing heat to accumulate under strong air pressure. Another factor is because it is close to the equator. Phoenix also is an Urban Heat Island (UHI), which would be a region where temperatures are continuously higher than those in the vicinity due to the presence of many concrete and asphalt structures and buildings that trap heat.

Final words

If you are planning to visit any of these, you should be ready to face extreme temperatures that exist. Hence, make sure that you don’t end up with any struggles with proper preparation.

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