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The Make It or Break It Trip of a Lifetime: A look ahead to Prague 2016
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The Make It or Break It Trip of a Lifetime: A look ahead to Prague 2016

Since I was a young lad, all I’ve ever wanted to do was move abroad, work abroad, and possibly even bring my family lineage back to Finland. I tell myself ‘It’ll be easy, just graduate with a degree, finish school, and you’re home free.‘ But every time I think this, the antagonist inside of me replies with ‘But what if it’s not for you? What if you move abroad like you’ve always wished, and you hate it?’

Well shit…

He’s right. What if? What if I don’t like it? What if I get home sick and for some reason or another need to come back? Then what? Sure it’s easy to say just come back, but it’s not! It’s not that easy. I’ve been prepping for years for that and to just give up, definitely not okay.

I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime to essentially take moving abroad for a trial spin. During the Spring of 2016, I will be studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.

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As you can tell by the title of this post, this is definitely a make it or break it trip.

Testing the waters is huge. I get the opportunity to experience living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, all the meanwhile being essentially protected with a safety net knowing that I will, in fact, return home at some point in time. Even better, midway through my trip my family plans on visiting me.

Am I going to miss everything from home? Absolutely. My family, my girlfriend, my friends, my teammates. Us Generation Y students all suffer from FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out. Even I, someone who’s always on the move, suffer from it.

But what I tell others, and often times need to remind myself, is that while you’re worried about missing out on what’s going on at home, you’re missing out on literally everything else in the world. Especially as Americans, if it doesn’t effect us directly, it’s almost irrelevant. Studying abroad allows us all to broaden those horizons and realize that we’re missing out on soooo much more then our itsy bitsy community.

Come July 18th, when I return to the United States, I hope to have a better idea of what emigrating really means, both to myself and to my loved ones. Whether I’ll know 100% or not, it’s unlikely. But hopefully it’ll make the decision a bit easier.

I depart February 3rd, 2016 to embark on my make it or break it trip. You bet your asses I’ll be keeping you all up to date as I plan on doing an immense amount of travel there.

If I were to tell you I wasn’t scared, I’d be lying. If I were to tell you I wasn’t going to miss out on things from home, I’d be lying. But, if I were to tell you I wasn’t eager to depart on the adventure of a life time, meet new friends, experience more cultures, and figure out my life, I’d also be lying.

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  1. tomg1992
    January 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply

    I’ll be living away pretty much the same dates you are, good luck to the both of us! Prague is a beautiful city.

  2. Mani (A New Life Wandering)
    January 6, 2016 at 2:26 am Reply

    This is so exciting! I moved abroad for the first time after I graduated High School and I can tell you it was amazing. I haven’t been back home (permanently) ever since and I’ve yet to settle down anywhere. I’m not saying this will be you, all I’m saying is that I’m sure you’ll love the experience whether you decide to keep living abroad or not. And Europe is absolutely the best place to start (that’s where I started too), plus you can travel around so easily! Of course it won’t be all that easy, you might suffer from homesickness or even culture shock, but you’ll adapt. All the best! I’ll be following along.

  3. laraandmichelle
    January 17, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

    You will absolutely love Prague! It’s an amazingly beautiful place. Cheap accommodation, great restaurants, cafés, bars and lots of opportunities to travel! I’ve gone through the same experience as you have. When I was still in high school, all I ever wanted was to move away which I did. I went on exchange to Australia and I stayed there for a year and yes it has changed my whole life. Moving away is exciting, you’ll meet many interesting people and go to exciting places but you’ll also learn a lot about your own culture as you see the differences along the way. I’m sure there’ll be moments of homesickness but there’ll also be moments where you don’t wanna go back home. The thing about moving away is once you’ve started traveling, there’s no way back. 😉 Have an amazing time in Europe and let me know if you’re coming to Strasbourg or Austria. 😉 Bisou, Michelle

    • trvl101
      January 17, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I really appreciate this comment! Obviously, I’m not the first one to go through this and it’s nice to hear some reassuring comments from someone, like you, who has! If you happen to be in Prague anytime between February and Late May, let me know! I’d love to grab a beer/coffee/tea with you.

    • laraandmichelle
      January 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      When I went overseas I had no-one to talk to about what I’m going through which I kind of sucked. I know we don’t know each other but if you ever feel like talking to someone who has gone through some similar stuff, don’t hesitate to contact me. I sure will let you know if I go to Prague, I have my doubts though. I currently live in France and it’s not exactly around the corner either. :/

    • trvl101
      January 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you for the offer! I’ll reach out 🙂

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