Always the contrarian, I wanted to travel where no one else was going for our independent travel break.
“Just a few more steps! Jia you, Sophie! You can do it!”
For our Independent Travel week, two of my classmates and I headed to Nepal.
China’s study abroad experience thus far has been vastly different than what I would have expected. After a lot of thinking as to why my experience was so much different than my last, I have come up with a few ideas.
From Manipal’s campus, you can look eastward and see a gorgeous range of mountains looming up in the distance. In these mountains, you can find Chikmaglur, a hill station full of opportunities for trekking and other outdoor activities.
One of the highlights of my time in India was my experience at Rajgad fort. During my trek I slept in an old temple, saw the sunrise on top of a mountain, was robbed by wild monkeys, explored an ancient capital and saw some beautiful scenery.
So it's the day before you leave and you're figuring out how to stuff a week's worth of living into a carry-on and a backpack. I've been there! Some things are obvious (i.e. clothes, toothbrush, cell phone) but others can be easily forgotten.
If you ask around Manipal for good travel destinations, Goa is sure to come up more than once. Just north of Karnataka, Goa is a beautiful, exciting vacation destination full of food, beaches, shopping, and nightlife.
Independent traveling is one of the best aspects of studying abroad, without a doubt! It’s both a time to explore your host country’s culture and enjoy a wonderful break from schoolwork!
My itinerary this past weekend included running around an ancient city, fending off monkeys, and climbing up boulders to find the best sunset view.