This icebreaker was used by my boss at a Global Ambassadors meeting (which I help co-host as an intern at Uhart) and I thought I’d share it because I thought it was a great, reusable idea to get people excited about travel.
First, use a world map and attach it to a corkboard. Second, supply all participants with pins in six different colors (we used blue, orange, yellow, green, pink, and purple) give them one of each.
Then have them place their pins according to the meanings of each color.
Blue: Where are your ancestors from? (For me it was Vietnam)
Orange: What country do you want to visit/ study abroad in? (I picked Spain)
Yellow: Favorite place you’ve visited (Australia)
Green: Favorite film/book that has stayed with you (pin the location) (I picked nowhere because the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series takes place in space :P)
Pink: Where is your favorite food from? (Japan because I love sushi)
Purple: What country would you like to learn more about? (I picked Greece)
Finally, go through one color at a time and have everyone discuss where they put their pins and why. It really gets a conversation going.
What’s a Fun Travel Icebreaker you’ve done?
Also, tell me what fun travel-related ideas I should do next. I’m very open-minded and open to new adventure / events suggestions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I worked as an administrative intern at my university‘s Study Abroad Office and to advertise for our study abroad fair last October, it was my job to write chalk messages around campus to raise awareness for the event.
Study Abroad Quotes
“When in doubt travel”
“It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey”
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer $$ (figuratively)”
Before I could chalk I had to get permission. Otherwise, the Student Affairs Office would wash it away. I couldn’t have any chalk drawings/writing under overhangs. I could only reserve up to three days for chalking. After the second day, it rained and the chalk washed away. Thankfully, a lot of my friends told me they had seen the messages. Also, students asked me about the fair while I was chalking in the late evening and I answered.
Chalking was fun, but it made me miss going through the process of going abroad too. That’s precisely why I’m going abroad again to Spain for an International Business class during Spring Break (so excited!). It makes me happy that some students currently going to study abroad for spring semester saw the chalk and decided to give studying abroad a chance. It was one of the best decisions I ever made so I’m glad to be able to help others find their own dream destinations.