|The Sound of Munich|
by Suzanne Nelson
I was in high-school when I began reading this series and I'd had some limited but rigidly controlled experiences with travel. There's no wondering why I jumped to read the series. I was bitten by the travel bug. Figuratively speaking, of course.
|The Great Call of China |
by Cynthea Liu
Yes, inevitably, there was a romantic element in each book. The girl would meet someone on her trip that she fell a little bit for. Occasionally, the boy would be back home or the boy would be the reason they went on this trip. Each book would also deal with the fact that while the girls were leaving home, they would take some of their personal problems with them.
It is during this semester abroad that they would face those feelings of intense loss and insecurity. They would address identity issues and problems of belonging. The girls would learn how to make the best decisions for their lives.
There was excitement and adventure but also some interesting and insightful moments in this series. They were fun books and I hope if you find one, you'll give it a chance.