Keep calm and carry on


As my Summer in London experience comes to an end, I can’t help but smile. After nearly two months in this beautiful city, I can confidently say I’ve had an amazing experience. As I look back on my time here, I feel inclined to share some words of wisdom.

Make travel plans ahead of time

Traveling is so easy when you’re already in Europe because everything is so close! If you plan on traveling on the weekends while you’re here (which I highly recommend), the earlier you book, the better deal you will find. Getting hotels can also be stressful, so get one right after you book your flight. Traveling on the weekends was one of my favorite parts of my summer, and it all worked out well due to avid planning.

Make a list

Researching a city before you visit is extremely useful. Once you’ve done your research, write down the things you want to do. This will help you organize your thoughts and ideas. Talking to locals is one of the best ways to find the hidden gems of a city, so don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions. Being in a city as historic and big as London can be overwhelming at times, but having some sort of plan will help you feel much more prepared.

Don’t be afraid to try something new

You’re living in a different country, so a lot of things will be new and different. This can be scary — but also a great opportunity to try new things. While in London, halloumi — an unripened, brined cheese typically made of a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk — became my new favorite food. Before this trip I had never even heard of it and probably never would have tried it. New things can be scary, but you never know what you might discover if you try something new.

Give yourself alone time

It’s OK to have mental health days — we all need one once in a while. Although I was lucky enough to come to London with two of my best friends, there were times when I enjoyed being by myself. Sometimes you just need to explore on your own or lie in bed and watch Netflix. Whatever helps you de-stress and feel good, don’t forget to do that.

Stay positive

There were times when I had bad days or was homesick and stressed. But after venting to my mom over the phone, she gave me just the advice I needed. She told me to stay positive and enjoy every little thing I was experiencing; it isn’t every day that you get to live in London for the summer. She was so right. Although at times being away from your home, family and friends can be hard, try not to take this magical experience for granted and just stay positive. I promise it’ll be worth it in the end.

So here I am, writing to you on my last week in London. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but my hope for you is that you get to experience something just like this. Cheers!