Pick up any mainstream travel book and you are sure to find a great deal of fantastic monuments and historically significant buildings to visit. But after studying abroad for a semester and working in and visiting a variety of U.S. cities during college, I have found that it is the sharing of traditions that is most memorable.

Adapting to a Culture

The sharing of traditions requires you to let down your guard and be open to trying new things. In doing so, I find that you can connect with people on a deeper level. Some of my favorite traveling memories stem from my experiences with people rather than typical tourist attractions.

two women holding tortilla

Learning to cook tortilla espanola with Ana,the women who I lived with while studying abroad in 2007

soccer team

An international soccer tournament in Valencia,Spain; my teammates were from England, Italy, Spain and the USA