New places; new cultures; new experiences: why travel broadens the mind

Independent travel expert Sarah Bennett gives us her take on why students should enjoy the mind-expanding benefits of traveling. 

As a student, you should feel empowered to seek out knowledge and discover new things. Teachers should have the independence to take their education beyond the confines of the classroom, giving you the chance to gain new skills. 

The wonderful bit about all this is that you can do it on your own. And perhaps the best way is through travel. Going to a different country is a perfect way to find inspiration, with many students feeling enlightened enough to arm themselves with more knowledge about all the things they discover on these trips.


The joys of travel

Travel provides a learning experience like no other. It inspires people to seek out new places, keeping their pool of knowledge constantly topped up. It’s a great way to not only learn new things and immerse yourself in a new culture – but it also provides a constant urge to continue learning.

Many students who go on educational trips say they learn a lot from even the smallest of gestures. Often, the difference between their current destination and their home country can be so stark that absorbing new knowledge is the only way to keep up. 

For me, some of the major benefits of travel include:

  • Improving your confidence; enabling you to deal with the challenges of higher education
  • Lots of exciting activities and trips
  • The chance to network with future professionals
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture

When you travel abroad, you get to prove just how capable you are. There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm among students as they try new things, like speaking and expressing themselves in a new language. When these endeavors are successful, it breeds the kind of confidence that will hold you in good stead for a long time to come.


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Travel more, achieve more

When you are a student, you should be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone. Going to a new country, whether it be for a semester abroad, a field trip, or an educational tour, is an ideal way for you to come face-to-face with something new that might unsettle or challenge you.

“It’ll help you not just in your education, but also in your full-time career.”

The best part of educational travel is that you get to learn through experiences. It will motivate you to achieve more. You will be inspired to start conducting research, finding out about the local culture, getting to grips with the language, and knowing what conditions to expect. 

With more than 100 nationalities on campus, the majority of Les Roches students are experiencing living abroad as a natural part of their studies. If you have yet to go abroad and sample life in another country, why not give it a try? You’ll find it an invaluable way of improving your skills, knowledge, and confidence.

·      Les Roches offers some amazing study abroad opportunities, where you can expand your horizons, experience new cultures and build your confidence. Find out more about the study abroad opportunities