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Video: Remembering My First Dose Of Culture Shock (And What I Learned From It)

Have you experienced culture shock?

My first dose of culture shock isn’t something that I look back on with disdain. In fact, I’m thankful for these moments of discomfort and learning, which often lead to a transformative travel experience. Think about it. Often our most memorable moments — and the ones we experience the most growth from — were times that were tough yet eye-opening. They enlighten. They make us see things differently. They educate us about others and what we’re capable of. Learn more about my experiences and views on culture shock in the video above. Featured image courtesy of the_steve_cox

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About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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  1. Nichelle on at 1:13 pm

    I love it when you said that when you are in charge of yourself, you can conquer many things. Indeed, true that! Thank you for sharing your learning experience. 🙂

    • jess2716 on at 1:17 pm

      @Nichelle: Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  2. Lily Lau on at 11:05 pm

    I perfectly know what you mean with culture shock… if you haven’t moved much from your hometown you can become very ethnocentrical, and then when you travel the culture shock can be an explosion!

    • jess2716 on at 5:47 pm

      @Lily: Absolutely!

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