Money is another issue that caused me (and many other GGI’s I’ve spoken to!) a lot of stress. There is no such thing as being overprepared. You can never have saved enough money, applied for too many jobs, or have too many backup plans. Hope for the best but plan for the worst. Of course you will have heard it before, but you can never hear it too many times: leave your comfort zone in the dust! Once you’ve left it, never stop leaving it. Broaden those horizons, you’ll only ever be rewarded for it. Talk to people you never usually would, say yes to invitations, go places by yourself, get lost while you’re doing it - the best places are often found where you would least expect. Finally, I truly believe that learning the language of the country you’re in is not overrated. I placed a very high priority on this, and the avenues that opened up to me because of it were well worth the hard yards I put in. Don’t let shyness, laziness, or perfectionism (my own personal barrier to overcome) get in your way. If you only know a few words, use them whenever you can. Resist the urge to surround yourself with speakers of your own language. Learning the new lingo will open you up to interacting with so many more people, and isn’t that the best part of going international? Learning new things, meeting new people and never being able to go back to who you were before? Get out there, learn, travel - and let nothing hold you back! Top Left: The chain bridge in Budapest looking towards parliament on first trip to Hungary. Top Right: Tomorrowland festival in Boom, Belgium. Part of a crowd of 140,000 Bottom Left: The gazebo from the song “16 going on 17” in the sound of music, taken on site in Salzburg, Austria. Bottom Right: Friend from New Zealand visiting, dressed in Dirndls for Volksfest in Stuttgart, Germany.