In all honesty, there will be times on your Year Abroad where you just want to curl up in a ball and teleport back to your nice comfy bed back home. There will be times when you find yourself hastily searching for flights, trains, ferries, Eurostars, anything to take you back home, to somewhere where you feel secure, organised, in control and, above all, at home. There will be times where you consider emailing your university and saying look, I just can’t do this (you can, by the way!). Finally, there will be times when you doubt your progress.
So you've just arrived at [insert destination], and after unpacking, re-shelving, turning around a couple of times on the same spot, you've noticed something is not quite right. It's not your second year room, Cassie isn't going to burst in your room offering a cup of tea and a chin-wag, and whatever way you try and look at it, your year abroad doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore.
Everything’s (nearly) sorted for your stay in your chosen far-flung destination and you’re fully prepared for fresh and wild experiences, but all of this means NOTHING if no-one else knows about it. Here are a few of the myriad ways you can let the people back home know that you’re having a better time than them, and let's face it, that's one of the best things about going abroad - you get to shout out about it! Read on for some tricks of the trade...
After a fabulously loved up pit stop in England between the two halves of my year abroad, I have set sail (or flight) to the lovely city of Rome. The second half of my year will be spent here in the Italian capital where I am embarking on an Erasmus exchange at the unbelievably disorganised Roman university, La Sapienza.
Here are our favourite language- and year abroad-related blogs, case studies, and words of wisdom from people who are on the scene right now (this is a list which we are constantly updating...)