Adventure is all around us. Travel can be an escape, an opportunity to leave home and learn about the world. A huge part of the college experience at Berkeley is traveling — to study abroad, do research or have fun with your friends. But as much as you hear “travel is the best education” or yearn for a summer of debaucherous nights in Barcelona, it can be expensive, time-consuming and sometimes scary (not that we have any ridiculous stories to tell).
Nevertheless, travel is at your fingertips. Traveling isn’t just a trip to France, studying in China or doing fieldwork in Peru — although those are all amazing experiences. Travel is stepping out of your comfort zone, exploring, getting away for a while — even in your own backyard. This issue is about leaving the comfort of your home and stepping into someone else’s. You can travel even if you don’t have the time and money to backpack through Europe. San Francisco isn’t Paris, but it can be its own adventure.