After the demise of the Khmer Empire in the 1400s and the fall of Angkor, Cambodia has not had great luck or prosperity. However, the beautiful and elaborate temples and palaces of years past have survived, much to the delight of travels around the world. Nature has slowly retaken sites like Angkor Wat, seamlessly blending the marvels of nature and humanity. (more…)
Dubai is a study in contrasts. It’s the kind of place where you might see billionaires driving Lamborghini’s having coffee with camel herders and not think twice about it. However, this emulsion of east and west, of old and new, of ocean and desert, is precisely why Dubai is one of the premiere tourist destinations in the Middle East and the world. It’s an oasis of opulence that also succeeds as a first-rate cultural hotspot, and a visit to Dubai will certainly stand out as an unforgettable travel experience. (more…)
We all know that feeling, you step off the airplane after a 12-hour flight unsure of your surroundings, with no idea of what time it is, astounded at the feat of making it to your hotel bed. Upon waking up after an unexpected eight-hour nap, you find it difficult to sleep when it is actually dark outside, starting the vicious jet lag cycle. Jet lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, can deter many from making the most of their travels abroad. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and alleviate the awful affects of jet lag. (more…)
Should being Abroad come before Studying in Studying Abroad?
Studying abroad equals travel. To us, it’s an incredible opportunity for us to experience places and cultures we’ve only dreamed of. It’s our chance to live it up and create unforgettable memories that we’ll joke about for years to come. It’s our chance to live every minute to the fullest because you only live once, and there’s no second chance. (more…)
This past Monday I spent a lazy day getting lost in one of the greatest (in my own humble opinion) cities in the world. I have been to London on several occasions and thus felt comfortable leaving the maps and guides behind. London is big but walking from borough to borough is very doable and a great way to experience the city (also more affordable than taking public transport everywhere). (more…)
Remote, pristine and awe-inspiring, the landscape throughout Alaska is well worth a visit. From the sprawling Denali National Park to the beautiful southern coast spotted with islands, Alaska is the perfect place to get back to nature. The United State’s largest and least densely populated state, Alaska offers hundreds of spectacular sites to get your nature-fix. (more…)
Andy’s Favorite Mobile Travel Apps
Mobile technology has revolutionized backpacking. There are more apps and websites than ever to help you plan and organize your trips. I’d like to share with you some general thoughts on apps, and then a my favorite specific ones to wrap up. (more…)
StudentUniverse launches a Mandarin version of their website!
What better way to get to your #happyplace than exploring the jungles of Costa Rica. After abolishing its military in 1948, Costa Rica has turned its attention to preserving its beautiful country. With over 25% of the land now protected by the government, they have even set a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021! There is no better place to escape your busy life than by diving into the relaxed lifestyle of the ‘ticos’ (Costa Ricans).
Some of my favorite places include: