5 Preparation Tips for Traveling Outside the U.S. and Europe

As an American, I’ve always considered traveling to Europe to be “Travel-Lite.” That statement is in no way meant to imply some kind of elitist condescension about what denotes “real” travel or not. On the contrary, European countries, such as Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom (which is a part of Europe whether it likes it or not), are some of the most fascinating sites in the world to explore for history, culture, and general atmosphere. Go on a study abroad trip there and I might be your instructor! Continue reading “5 Preparation Tips for Traveling Outside the U.S. and Europe”

Stained Glass, Art, and Murals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

I’ve heard Chernobyl, Ukraine is best described as a living museum. It’s perhaps the best way to explain what is now referred to as the exclusion zone because it truly feels like even the cities decomposition is a way of preserving what happened there. The exclusion zone – the region now off limits due to residual radioactivity from the 1986 power plant accident – is largely deserted, apart from the military and scientific staff that are rotated in shifts to maintain its borders and keep a close eye out for fires or illegal settlers. Continue reading “Stained Glass, Art, and Murals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone”

4 Reasons to Visit Sagres, Portugal

If you’re looking for an adventurous and relaxing trip look no further than Sagres, Portugal. Sagres is in the very southwestern part of Portugal. From a bird’s eye view, the shape of Portugal looks like the profile of a face, and Sagres is at the chin. Since it is the most southwestern tip of Europe, Europeans once believed Sagres was the “end of the world.” This small town has a laid-back atmosphere and offers some of the most breathtaking natural scenery. The cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean are stunning, and the physical landscape offers quite an array of adventure activities. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, you must make a stop to Sagres. Here are four memorable activities to do in this small and beautiful “end of the world.” Continue reading “4 Reasons to Visit Sagres, Portugal”

A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be

During college, I studied abroad in Spain during my junior spring semester. I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience, and therefore I should take advantage of every opportunity given to me, including living with a host family. While this was a daunting and almost scary idea—living with people I never met who didn’t speak English—I knew that I probably would never have this opportunity again. And so I checked the box in my application requesting a family homestay. Continue reading “A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be”

On the Lookout for Kafka in Prague

A man wakes up horrified to discover that he’s been transformed into an enormous insect – a burden to his family, a freak to the civilized world. Sound familiar? Whether you’ve read “The Metamorphosis” or not, you’ve probably been touch by material that’s
referenced this famous work by Franz Kafka. A Czech author whose work tends to lean towards the darkly surrealist, many know of his novels, but not all recognize how omnipresent he is in the nation’s capital where he was born.  Continue reading “On the Lookout for Kafka in Prague”

Language Brain

Studying a new language can be tiring, and if you’re studying abroad and immersing yourself in a new language and culture, your days can be exhausting. I studied in Spain. I remember my first day listening to and speaking in Spanish, with no English breaks. I walked home that evening and my brain felt like a bowl of mashed potatoes. While learning a new language can be exhausting, it is one of the best things we can do for the health of our brains, not matter the age. Learning new things strengthens our brains, and the more you learn, the stronger and more connected the parts of your brain will become. Continue reading “Language Brain”

The Travel Panhandling Pandemic

Last year, I had the opportunity to go to Southeast Asia. 30 exciting days in Thailand. This country is a true gem of cultural brilliance. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and the weather is fantastic. I remember flipping through the channels on the television and came upon a program talking about travelers. I was completely invested, as I am a traveler that loves everything about the traveling culture. Continue reading “The Travel Panhandling Pandemic”

Building Leadership Skills During a Study Abroad Program

As you continue your studies, you often encounter roadblocks that deter you from your purpose. What are ways to motivate you to bring you back to your original mission? Taking on the approach to complete your study abroad program is a journey of a lifetime. The idea of studying abroad in fascinating places around the world is only a possibility to those that dream big. Besides you want to prosper and envision your future in the profession, you want to pursue. Enlighten your dreams by envisioning your path to success as stepping stones of skills you need to learn.

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The A-List Way to Staying Healthy While Studying Abroad

Preparations for your study abroad journey needs careful planning. Meanwhile studying abroad generates excitement, you might want to consider the ways to keep healthy. Think about the steps you need to meet health requirements in another country and maintain your well-being.    Continue reading “The A-List Way to Staying Healthy While Studying Abroad”