3 Benefits of Traveling Solo

387314_10100119781997957_2071274435_nStarting your international internship means traveling by yourself to a destination where you have most likely never been before. This may be a daunting thought if you have little to no previous travel experience. Don’t stress because traveling alone is very rewarding! Together we will go over the top 3 benefits associated with solo travel.

1.You will broaden your life perspective – As you journey to your new destination, be excited about the unfamiliar city you will soon call home. Living in a foreign place allows you to integrate yourself within their environment and culture. You will challenge yourself to learn the language and adopt the culture & traditions. As you do these things you will begin to see life in a new way. Adapting to your new way of living will help you to become more empathetic towards other cultures as well as understand personal differences in a way you hadn’t before. This will not only help you in your personal life but in your career as well. Soon you will become more patient when dealing with strangers, friends, and co workers.

2.You will try things you never thought you would before! – A foreign culture means unfamiliar foods, activities, and experiences. Be prepared to try every new thing the country has to offer. These experiences can range from tasting authentic cuisine to conquering your fear of heights on a zip line. Do not think of separating from your family, friends, or partner as a negative. Although being without these people might seem like a disadvantage, it isn’t! Traveling alone means you can do what interests you, not your best friend or partner. Take advantage of your time alone and encounter something new!

3.It will help you to think on your feet – Things are destined to happen unexpectedly when traveling. Whether it is lost luggage, bad weather, or wrong directions, it is beneficial to know how to handle these situations. As you travel you will experience this first hand and end up with a new understanding of yourself. You will feel empowered as you learn the ropes of being abroad. Becoming more independent is inevitable as you learn to handle all the twists and turns that come your way. These occurrences will become vital to you when returning home and starting your career. Adding this critical skill to your resume will put you on the top of any prospective employers list.luggage-933487_1280


Many people who embark on our programs alone, return with a wealth of knowledge. See all of our internship abroad options to help gain these valuable perspectives.

Tips For Booking Your International Flight

Tips for Booking Your International Flight | Adelante Abroad

Booking an international flight can be quite costly if you’re not careful. Check out these helpful tips for booking your international flight so you can save as much money as possible. Our hope is to free up a little more cash for you so you can fully take advantage of all that your destination has to offer.

  1. Make sure your passport and visa issues are all squared away – Before you spend a dime or input your credit card information, make sure you’re good to go with your travel documents as it pertains to your trip. Remember, with passports, some countries require it to be valid up to 6 months AFTER your travel date. Example, if your trip to London is on April 10, 2016 and you return at the end of April but your passport expires on May 25. 2016… you definitely need to renew your passport.
  2. Research and buy tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – The best time to buy is typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Airfares tend to be the cheapest on these days of the week but do your research week to week if you have  time and are well away from your travel date.
  3. Look at and compare prices on as many websites as possible – There are a ton of places out there to get decent prices on airfare. A lot of the time, the best prices depend on how flexible you can be with departure times, days, and long layovers. Some of our favorite sites are cheapoair, kayak, skiplagged, Google flights, and Ryanair (for great flights in and around Europe). Kayak in particular does a good job of comparing the best flights/prices across several sites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc. Once you’ve found a flight you’re happy with, run it against Skyscanner as a last check to make sure you’re getting the best price.  
  4. Go Incognito during your search –  These days, search engines are pretty crafty and know when you’re trying to compare prices. As a result, since they know you’re searching, you may not always find lower prices especially when looking at the same dates/destinations over and over. Take measures like turning on incognito browsing, clearing your search history, deleting cookies, etc. You can even go so far as to search flights from different computers (library, school, friends laptop).
  5. Embrace the layover – Layovers can be a pain but they can significantly lower your airfare. Depending on the length and time of day of your layover, you can even get some abbreviated exploration at your layover destination. Travel experience within the travel experience.
  6. Buy well in advance – The farther in advance you buy your flight the better, in most cases. Booking around the holidays may be an exception as families/friends tend to be together and make plans to travel this time of year. Otherwise, the closer you get to your travel date, airfare will gradually increase. If you aren’t able to book months and months in advance, 6-8 weeks from your depart date is usually the best time to buy.
  7. Check out the baggage policies – Make sure to do your research about checked baggage policies. A lot of time, international flights have different policies than the ones we are used to on our domestic flights. It may be beneficial to pre-pay for checked baggage services in advance. A lot of airlines can jack up the price and hammer you with increased fees once you are at the airport.

Do you have any tips of your own for booking an international flight? Let us know if we missed anything!

If you’re looking to do an international internship abroad, we offer placements in Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay! Check out our international internship programs.

Meet Our New Social Media & Marketing Intern: Lauren G.


Meet Lauren Gandara, Adelante Abroads new Social Media and Marketing
Intern! Lauren joined our team in February and is enjoying working with us here in Seal Beach, California. Lauren is a full time student who also travels, making her the perfect addition to Adelante Abroad. We recently asked her questions on life, traveling, and being a student. Here are some of her responses:

-What is something you always pay attention to about a new culture/place when you travel? When traveling I like to focus on the way different countries/cultures provide for their citizens. On a recent trip to Korea I found it interesting the way they provided for the people of their country in transportation compared to here in my hometown of Long Beach. While Long Beach has a great bus & railway system it is still not as developed and easy to use as South Korea’s.



seoul-lauren-h-Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? What is next on your list? So far my favorite place I have traveled to is South Korea. Korea has integrated technology into daily life, making every experience much more interesting. I found free photo booths, interactive maps, and moving walkways in multiple places. I was able to stay there for 4 weeks, which really helped me to experience their culture. Relying on their public transportation, eating authentic Korean cuisine (which is so much better than Korean BBQ in Westminster, CA), and going to popular locations really caused me to feel as though I had lived in Korea.

Germany is the next trip I have on my agenda. Having traveled much of the United States and South Korea, I am excited to explore Germany and European countries this summer.

-Where do you see yourself career wise in 5 years? Currently I am a undergraduate student at Colorado State University – Global Campus working towards my Bachelors in Communications. In five years I hope to have finished my Masters degree in Marketing and be working for a large company as either their communications director or their social media and marketing specialist. I hope to have built my resume working with marketing in international business as well as gain valuable experience through traveling.

koreasculpture-adelante-abroad-Do you think traveling and seeing the world can benefit someone in their career path?
Of course! I think that traveling and seeing different cultures can greatly impact someone’s view of life as well as improve their independence. When traveling to new and unfamiliar places things are bound to happen that you weren’t expecting. Handling these situations causes a person to become more independent and experienced in confronting difficult circumstances. Being able to manage unexpected situations can greatly impact an individual’s career. Seeing the world helps experience new cultures and see the way other people live their normal daily life. Involving yourself in other ways of life can help you to understand that not everyone has grown up the same way you have. In my experience, this has helped me to work better with people from all different backgrounds.
-If you had to pick one Adelante Abroad program to participate in, which one would you pick and why? If I were to choose an Adelante Abroad program it would have to be Marketing in Barcelona, Spain. I would love to travel to Spain and become captivated by their culture. I also would like to improve my spanish. While I have some experience speaking spanish, needing to use the language would really help me learn faster. Also traveling solo to a unfamiliar place would really help me to enhance my independence. But honestly… who wouldn’t want to live in Spain for a few months?!




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