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    Travel Goals for 2019

    March 20, 2019

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    If you love to travel, as many at the apartments in Davis, CA do, you’ve probably been grinding your gears planning where and when you’ll be taking a big trip or two during the upcoming year. There’s a whole wide world to explore, but since your time (and resources) are likely limited to at least some degree, we’ve fine-tuned the list to not just to focus on specific places you should go, but broader “travel goals” you might want to cross off your list before 2020 rolls around. Keep reading, and discover what you may have been missing out on.

    Take That First International Voyage

    If you’ve never traveled outside the country before, then there’s no time like the present! Heading to a foreign land, as many will tell you, helps add some perspective to your life, gives you a more well-rounded outlook on your place in this gigantic world, and even provides some insights into who you truly are as a person. Beyond that, traveling internationally can be a great way to forge new friendships, learn about new languages, experience wonderful new cuisine, and pick up some skills you never even thought you possessed.

    Of course, there are some things you’ll have to do to prepare for such a journey. Traveling around the world requires some forethought, and sources like the Department of State have a wealth of information for you to absorb before you head out on your adventure. In particular, you’ll want to read the Traveler’s Checklist, which contains important details on preparing for emergencies, getting all your necessary documentation in order, and getting insured in the event something goes wrong (which it hopefully won’t).

    And just where will you go on your first trip abroad? Well, that’s mostly up to you, but we’ve got a few ideas if you’re interested. US News & World Report keeps a running tally of the best international travel locations, with information on world class cities like Paris, Rome, and London included. For a lesser-discussed international city that’s on the upswing, however, we’d recommend heading to Warsaw, Poland. This proud and beautiful metropolis is one of central Europe’s finest, and a true testament to the amazing culture of the Polish people.

    See Some More of the Good Ol’ USA

    Make no mistake, international travel is loads of fun, but hitting the road and seeing a bit more of the States can provide an equally gratifying feeling of adventure. The USA is a big place, and there’s city upon city for you to venture out and see for yourself. A benefit to domestic travel is that you won’t have to make as many of the same preparations that you would for an international trip, but there are still a few things you’ll want to take care of in advance.

    One of those is research. Before you head somewhere, you want to get an idea of the layout of the town, all the hot spots, the sights and locations in your destination of choice that you really want to see. Depending on how long you’ll be gone for, you’ll have a finite amount of time to do what you want to do, so prioritization is key. You’ll also want to thoroughly plan how you’re going to get where you want to go.

    While air travel is the most common method of transport for international trips, domestic trips offer you the possibility of the epic American road trip, and experience quite unlike any other. There’s more room for spontaneity, breaks, and taking some unplanned detours, so you’ll get to see even more (if you so choose). Be sure to pace yourself, though, and bring along everything you’ll need to make the journey comfortable if you’re traveling by car.

    As for where you’ll be heading to, you again have plenty of options on the table. The big three: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, always make for great traveling. There are also plenty of other major cities, like New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Austin, Vegas, and Charlotte, that make for fine destinations. Pick your spot, and happy trails!

    Concentrate on Smaller Destinations

    Thus far, we’ve put the shine on big cities, but when you’re planning a trip, it pays to remember that smaller destinations also hold their fair share of wonder. This applies to both foreign and domestic locales, as those smaller regions don’t see the massive influxes of tourism and, in a general sense, offer a more authentic slice of life than the metropolises and megacities. You can find such places in a distant land or mere hours away from home, so the options are quite robust.

    Thinking globally, why not take a trip to someplace like Chauvigny, in France, or Eger, Hungary? You can round out your list by taking a look at Trips to Discover’s list of the 27 Most Beautiful Small Towns to Visit in Europe, or TripSavvy’s list of the Best Small, Walkable Cities in Europe, and you don’t have to limit yourself to the European continent. Australia, Asia, and South America all have fine offerings of their own, so be sure to do your research and learn which appeal to you most.

    If you’d prefer to stay in the States, your list is still going to be a long one. Towns like Savannah, Georgia, Bisbee, Arizona, and Portland, Maine are all regarded as stunningly beautiful, and there are plenty of other smaller destinations within the country that fit the bill.

    The Apartments in Davis, CA, Will Be Waiting for You Upon Your Return

    Traveling is great, but it’s just as great to have a welcoming place to come back to, and there are few places finer than The U. Nestled in a superbly convenient Davis location, right near downtown and the UC Davis campus, it’s not far from nearly everywhere you’d want to be. Add to that the lovely aesthetic and built-in sense of community, and you’ve got yourself student-focused housing like no other. Discover what The U has in store for you; check out the perks, then make this your first choice for student living in beautiful Davis, CA.