Travel the World!

Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf
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By Katherine Wong Too Yen

The latest season of Gossip Girl takes you on a Paris adventure.  The scenery, the people, and the food may be enough to get you packing.  Have you ever pondered exploring the world and starting a new adventure?  Thinking you’d like a change of scenery in the future?  Well maybe it’s time to do some research and plan a future trip. The perks are endless!  If you need convincing, here’s why traveling the world will add a little excitement in your life:

1. Learning a new language:

Not only does it look good on your resume, but being able to understand a few key phrases can open a lot of doors. “Je suis enchant√© de vous recontrer,” sure sounds a lot more romantic doesn’t it? (It’s nice to meet you!) It’s always exciting to meet new acquaintances. Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen would agree that the more people you know, the better.

2. Meeting new people:
There’s nothing like chatting up a guy with a charming British accent. Or maybe you prefer to shamelessly flirt with a well-dressed French gentleman. An easy conversation starter is to ask about a local custom or a favourite culinary treat. Just remember, if you find yourself in Paris like Serena and Blair, it’s a kiss on both cheeks!

Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen
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3. Learning about fashion trends: 

Feeling uninspired? Look to the local fashionistas and check out how they’re accessorizing their outfits. Hairclips, colourful scarves, bold prints and knits…and of course, the purse. Browse little boutiques and vintage stores for unique pieces you can’t find at home. This was you can be just like Serena and Blair, sporting the newest overseas fashion trends!

4. Exploring new places:

It’s time to bring out the camera and capture your own postcard-worthy pictures to share with your friends and family back home. In addition to the typical tourist hotspots, don’t be afraid to wander off on your own and discover something new. 

5. Gaining confidence and becoming more independent:

Traveling the world gives you one of the best opportunities to learn, take chances and make mistakes. Immersing yourself in a new culture allows you to see things from a different perspective. 

So if the idea of traveling the world appeals to you, start your research and get out the calendar and start planning.  In the meantime, if you want to see more of Paris, live vicariously through Serena and Blair’s adventures in France!

Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen and Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf
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