Summer is here and Portugal is calling!
If you still don’t know where to go this summer, but you know you want sandy beaches, blue waters, extraordinary cliffy landscapes, lots of sea food and an affordable destination, Algarve might be for you.
Algarve is the Southernmost region of Portugal and is the most popular tourist destination in the country and perhaps in the whole Europe. In this article, I want to share my experience there and 7 tips that you might take into consideration before planning your trip.
“What if you come back home and nobody will hire you (and marry you -and love you- and be friends with you again)”?
I get this question from many students who want to travel with Erasmus and Work & Travel, but are afraid that when they are coming back, they can’t catch up with home again.
There are usually 2 answers that I give to this question.
The day we say goodbye has come. I don’t know if I am happy or not, but I am for sure, grateful that we were together 5 years.
Thank you for the most amazing time of my life. Thank you for funding me 5,000 euros to study in Portugal and The Netherlands, thank you for sending me to the USA 3 times. Thank you for making my holidays more beautiful with the summer schools. Thank you for all the moments I spent with my colleagues in the dorms. Thank you for transforming 3 colleagues into 3 friends for life. Thank you for giving me access to free education and to some amazing teachers.
There’s nothing more fulfilling for me than to receive messages like this one from people that I don’t know. Since I launched Word Traveler, I got more than 20 private messages to talk with students about scholarships, Erasmus programs, Work & Travel, how we can travel, what options do we have, where are the grants available and how do we get them. There is an official Erasmus+ Guide of 327 pages which I am not sure who reads it, so…
During my travels I met many important people who changed my life. All of my articles are a combination of what they taught me. Today, however, I decided it is time to be more specific and express my gratitude directly to them, by sharing their stories. From now and then, I will post stories of the people who helped me grow into the person I am today and made my Erasmus experiences around the world extraordinary.
I am Ioana, 24 years old and I visited 22 countries during my University studies. I’m all about Erasmusing around the world and when I’m not out there, I’m busy with marketing and tech stuff. I was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca, a small coquette city in the heart of Transylvania, with nothing more than a passion, a laptop and a dream.
My life will die soon. That’s because every time I leave a place, I feel like I am dying. In a few weeks, my life in Lisbon as an Erasmus student will be gone. And everyone who ever met me, will look back and realize I was just a dream.
One of the saddest lessons that traveling will teach you is that life goes fast. Now you’re here, now you’re there, now you’re gone and everywhere. Traveling will teach you the lesson of living 100% in the present and enjoy every moment of it. Because just when you’ll get too comfortable, love the city, find your rhythm or meet someone, you’ll have to leave everything behind.
“What’s your name?” trouble question.
Trust me. Being always on the road and studying as an Erasmus student brought me in front of many new people. And many people equals many names (BONUS: foreign names). When you see yourself surrounded by colorful people from all over the world, keeping in mind all the different names can be very overwhelming.
I remember one embarrassing situation when I could not keep in mind a 4 letters name and had to give my phone to the person in front of me to write it in the agenda. When I saw that he kept in mind mine, I was even more embarrassed. If you are always in contact with new people and you struggle keeping in mind their names, this article might be for you.
If you’re going away from home for more than a couple of months, you are not traveling. You are not on holiday anymore. That is your life.
My life in Lisbon began in a rapid way. It is such a wonderful feeling to be in your hometown partying and the next day, all of a sudden, wake up in your new Erasmus life. Being in another country requires flexibility, a smart adaptable mind and a busy life. Among classes, cooking, assignments, we plan our travels and explore the city, but also see difference and resemblances with our hometown.