This summer I was fortunate to take a tripe to Croatia with my family. It was my first trip outside of the United States, which allowed me to experience different cultures and immerse myself in the unfamiliar language and customs of Croatia. The trip opened my thoughts and ideas about life outside of the United States. Although Croatia is not the most advanced European country, the experience allowed me to realize how privileged I am to live in a country with some of the most advanced technology. On the other hand, I realized that many people in Croatia had more respect for their environment and surroundings than in the United States. The eye-opening experience allowed me to become more open-minded to my surroundings and focus more on experience and adventure rather than unimportant distractions that come from my normal days.