5 Reasons Travel Helps Your Soul

There are many good reasons to travel and for those people who haven’t traveled – take a leap of faith and do it! You never know until you try! Below is a list of the reasons why you should, hopefully this will convince you to at least try and travel once? I hope so!

 

1. It allows you to leave your comfort zone

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Taken by Stormi Jane; Husson University

Leaving your comfort zone is difficult, but it’s worth it in the end. It takes one big push to leave your comfort zone, but once you’re out there it gets easier! Traveling helps people to leave their comfort zone, because it brings them in an area that’s foreign to them.

Often times when people leave their comfort zone, they have less fear for other things and feel they can conquer the world! This great feeling of taking on the world is comforting and satisfying.

 

2. It’s an eye-opening experience

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Taken by Andrew Tham; Dedham, Maine

Traveling allows people to see things they normally don’t get to see in their normal daily life. Traveling, seeing things, and talking to people you normally don’t see amounts to gaining cultural and social knowledge.

Learning things about culture, social interactions and knowledge about the location is rewarding as it makes you into a much more aware individual.

 

3. You can meet new friends

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Taken by Stormi Jane and others; Collage made by Stormi Jane; Husson SEE Program

Traveling opens you up to many new options and settings. This new environment has many things to offer as it is unexplored territory by you. Explore the environment and meet new friends. Meeting friends is a great way to stay connected with the culture and to learn even more things about the area.

Making new friends in these areas helps you and helps them. Exchange social media accounts to stay connected, that’s if you feel comfortable doing this. Better yet, exchange email if that’s more comfortable to be on the safe side!

 

4. It helps you to better appreciate your life

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Taken by Unknown; Bangor, Maine

It’s very easy to lose sight of what you have right in front of you. Sometimes it simply takes picking yourself up, hopping on a plane and arriving in a new country to give yourself a wake up call. Traveling definitely makes you appreciate your life more by seeing what others have or don’t have and then comparing your situation to theirs.

Often times people get caught up in their own little world…. Take a deep breath, look around and take in the beauty around you.

 

5. Escape life

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You never know what life will throw at you. Whether it’s a bad breakup, a death, a demanding job or negative people, a great way to help yourself emotionally through these challenges is to take a step back, analyze the situation and take a trip! Getting away from the environment in which you are having issues really helps you on an emotional level.

Sometimes just taking a day trip to a beach or wooded area or national park or further away can help to release pent up energy. GO! Do you want to keep your health? Relax! Get rid of your stress! Angered or saddened stress is not good for you for too long! Keep your mind, body and soul healthy and happy!

 

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5 Reasons to learn English in Maine for the Summer

Want to learn English in the United States for the summer? Do you want to learn English AND have lots of FUN! Husson University‘s Summer English Enrichment Program (SEE) is a great opportunity to learn English and to have fun! Come join students from around the world to learn English and American culture in Maine! Here are 5 reasons to come to Maine this summer 2016!

 

1. Learn English in a fun way

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(Photo by Stormi Jane; Portland, Maine)

The Summer English Enrichment Program (SEE Program) at Husson University helps international students to learn English in classes and outside of classes by experiencing Maine’s beautiful landscape and visiting local landmarks. Maine has many coastal and mountainous areas to EXPLORE!

Practice your English by shopping in Bar Harbor, showing off your Karaoke skills at the local bar, kayaking on the river, taking a photo in front of the L.L. Bean boot, or team building experiences planned by the SEE team!

2. Gain new friends

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(Photo by Stormi Jane; Cadillac Mountain; Bar Harbor, Maine)

It may be a little intimidating or difficult to meet new people when your schedule seems busy or repetitive, or when you’re always seeing the same people and experiencing the same things. Putting yourself in a new situation and a new environment helps you to make great friends for life! The people that you meet abroad can be the best friends you’ve ever had. You’ll never know until you try!

Never doubt your skills to make friends. You are awesome and it takes the right people and right experiences to find these true friends!

 

3. Eat Lobster! 

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(Photo by Stormi Jane; Bangor, Maine)

Maine’s wonderful delicacy is truly a blessing! Lobster is a must for tourists visiting Maine. This wonderful state has many beautiful places to try lobster! Some great places to visit are Camden, Bar Harbor, Freeport, and Portland. Lobster here can be very cheap since there is minimal expense in transporting it.

Oh, AND THERE’S AN ENTIRE FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO LOBSTER! This wonderful festival has many things to offer, but most commonly…you guessed it, Lobster! This Lobster can be as cheap as 10 USD.

 

4. Go beyond your comfort zone

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(Photo by Maria Koudmani)

Being in a new location can be scary and exciting! Being in a new location with a foreign culture and foreign language can be hard to adjust to, but the many benefits of immersing yourself in a new culture and learning English are amazing and opens so many opportunities for you! Learning a language from natives in their home country is a fantastic way to improve your language skills!

Remember, you’re in a new location, in a different culture….learn to have fun and relax! SEE will help you experience the best of American culture in Maine!

 

5. Create new memories for a lifetime

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(Photo by Unknown; Camden, Maine)

Meeting new friends and exploring what Maine has to offer will help you to create memories that will last forever! These memories have made past students so happy to have had the opportunity in the SEE program.

All of the photos in this blog post are from the SEE Program Summer 2016. The photos are wonderful memories that the students will be able to show others and can be used to help treasure the memories they had. Many of these students had never left their home country before this program.

 

To find out more information about the SEE Program click on the link below:

http://www.husson.edu/international-students/summer-english-enrichment/