As 2014 begins to settle in, millions are embarking on their designated New Years’ Resolutions. As these most typically consist of goals for personal accomplishment, consider setting a goal for yourself in 2014 to go abroad and culture yourself. Use this year to explore a new and exciting place, whether that is through improving your Spanish in Chile, interning in finance in London, or volunteering at a school in Thailand. Make it a goal to travel this year and immerse yourself in a different culture, embracing their customs and traditions. Whether you choose to go for an entire year or for a two week program, going abroad is one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences you can have. There’s no better time than the present!
Speaking of the New Year, the end of January marks the start of the Chinese New Year, which officially begins on January 31st, or the first day of the new moon on the lunar calendar. Also known as Spring Festival, celebrations for the new year can be found in Chinatowns worldwide. The celebration in China marks the start of a weeklong holiday nationwide, full of festivals, traditional ceremonies, dances, and fireworks (although possibly not in Beijing this year due to the smog). Although it creates some chaos while a billion people are in transit on their way home, it is one of the most anticipated and widely celebrated weeks of the year in China, if not the most anticipated. If you can’t make it all the way to China for the festivities, check out a Chinatown nearest to you and participate in the festivities.