I’ve recently returned from a trip to America and very much enjoyed learning and using the different words and phrases over there. Every English speaking country has this and given the influence of American movies and pop culture my awareness was already there but actually experiencing it is another matter. On the plane the flight attendants came around asking for ‘any trash?’, I had to ask restaurant staff where the ‘restrooms’ were and I found the ‘candy’ aisle in a pharmacy.

It also reminded me that when you are working in a foreign country these words and phrases, alongside the cultural differences, are things you will need to get used to. I remember working in Dublin and having a colleague say to me ‘can you go and see your man’ and I asked ‘what do you mean my man?’ assuming she meant boyfriend or partner when she actually just meant ‘that person over there’. Trying to get my kiwi accent understood was also tricky and I had to slow my speech right down.

I travelled a lot when I was younger but this American holiday was my first in a while and it’s reminded me why I travelled in the first place. Whether you decide to work overseas or just go on holiday, travel is such a valuable learning experience and it teaches you some very handy skills for putting on your CV e.g. time management, communication, teamwork, stress management and adaptability to name a few.

While at University you have the chance to suss out the whole travel thing by studying a semester overseas. Gain credit and experience another country – bonus. Check out Victoria Abroad for more info.

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