When I was planning my trip to Wales, I found myself sorting through a lot of forum posts and other random comments to figure out where the best places to visit were. Though my trip wasn’t long enough to create an extensive list of destinations in North Wales, here are the stops I think it’s most important to hit.
I decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, Scotland before I knew it was the site of one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world—and learning that it was made me more excited, and nervous, than ever.
Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent of Christmas anywhere else—it’s the holiday where they go all out. The event has historical roots, but what it means today, if you find yourself in Scotland for the New Year, is street parties, drinking, dancing, and enthusiastically ringing in the New Year in camaraderie with the rest of the country. While there are events and parties in other Scottish towns, Edinburgh is the place to be when the new year rolls in.
Before studying abroad in England, my knowledge of UK tourist locations was pretty limited. Everyone knows London, of course, and I also had Oxford on my list. But while I have a few English major friends who have been to Scotland, almost no one back home really talks about Scotland or goes there just for the sake of going there, much less Wales or northern England.
My first visit to Wales was towards the end of my semester in England, so I was trying to 1) fit in as many places as possible and 2) spend as little money as possible. The result was one inexpensive day in Wales’s capital, Cardiff.
One of the biggest challenges of selecting a study abroad program from a range of choices is that, unlike when you are choosing a university as a high schooler, you can’t visit the different options and get a feel for which one you like best.
You don’t have to go into one of those cool red boxes to make a call.
Whether you’re headed across the pond long term or for a short trip, here is some advice you must know before you go!
That’s Nor-ich, not Nor-wich.
You arrive at Heathrow airport, fresh off a ten-hour plane ride and excited to begin exploring your new surroundings. But first things first: how are you even going to get off the airport grounds? And how will you get around after that? That’s where a few transportation tips I learned from other students who had studied abroad in England before I did came in handy—and I hope they can be helpful to you, too.
Will I be lonely during study abroad?
The short answer: If you don’t want to be, no!
One of the first questions people asked me when I told them I was studying abroad was, “Are you going with other people from your school?”