It’s only the second month of 2020 but already it’s been a very eventful one (see: coronavirus). As people are staying away from the public, it’s a good time catch up on some reading – this issue of Campus is actually our Travel and International issue!
We kick off with a story on Third Culture Kids (p.2) – basically those who have very complicated upbringings because of their family travels a lot. Who better than to give a perspective on how frequent travelling impacts life? Even international students face issues being in a different new environment, and we explore those topics (p. 17).
Food lovers can explore the different food cultures (p. 19) around the world – ever wondered what noodles mean to China, or how barbecues are quintessentially Brazilian? We also check out foods with dubious origins (p. 4) like ‘California Roll’ or ‘Singapore Noodles’ and where they originate from.
Travelling is a way to learn new things, and we explore how teaching styles and student behaviors differ during summer school sessions in the US, Israel, China, and the Netherlands (p. 10). As a country, Singapore can also learn a lot from other countries when it comes to environmental issues like recycling and waste management (p. 11).
Want to explore the world alone? Check out some solo travelling tips that work for almost anyone (p. 7), or learn some airline hacks that could save you some cash (p. 16).
One of the most interesting aspects of travelling is learning about new languages – and that some countries have hundreds of official languages (p. 5). While language can be a divide, music can bring people together no matter what the language; case in point, K-Pop and Raggaeton (p. 6).
Check out some of the weirdest events worldwide, from punching your neighbour to running downhill after a wheel of cheese (p. 18). For a tamer experience, visit some of the weirdest theme parks around the world (p. 12). While travelling, you may also encounter strange toilets – and we’ve featured some of them here (p. 13).
Of course, there’s always a lot of crazy things that happen worldwide. We start with Airbnb horror stories that have been in the news for a host of issues ranging from deranged owners to dead bodies (p. 8). There has also been a slew of stories concerning copulating couples who’ve experienced some of the most bizarre bedroom issues – torn frenulums and the like – (p. 20) all over the world. This brings to light the constant need for medical care when travelling – we list some of the cheapest to the most extortionate emergency care rates around the world (p. 9).