Cambodia is my #happyplace

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… Read More

Dubai: A Desert Diamond

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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. Read More

Traveling with Ease Part 1: Beat Jet Lag

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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. Read More

A New Set of Priorities

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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. Read More

Lost in London #happyplace

LondonThis 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). Read More

Alaska is my #happyplace

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… Read More

Don’t worry, Be ‘Appy!

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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. Read More

StudentUniverse launches a Mandarin version of their website!

StudentUniverse中文版新鲜出炉! StudentUniverse launches a Mandarin version of their website! StudentUniverse.com的中国用户越来越多了,大家的鼎力支持加速了中文网站的建设。现在它已经正式上线了!以后购票、省钱就更轻松,更方便了!下面教大家如何从英文版切换到中文版! Our goal is to make it easier for students to book and save on travel. We’re constantly working on improving the user experience, and this is one large step we’ve taken to help improve the experience for our rapidly growing Chinese audience. Here are the… Read More

Costa Rica is my #happyplace

 

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:
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Some Basic Packing Tips for Your Trip to Europe

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One thing to remember about traveling throughout Europe is that they have just about everything you could ever need available in stores open 5-6 days a week. Except peanut butter. Europeans still use hairdryers and tooth brushes. In fact, they have hair dryers with European double prong plugs! This gets rid of the headache of trying to remember where your adapter is. In addition to toiletries, remember that when both academic semesters start (Spring and Fall), they usually correspond to some great sale seasons throughout Europe (either post-Christmas or end of summer sales). Consider packing half the clothes you think you’ll need, and use that as an excuse to pick up some sweet European styles. I’ll list some guidelines below to get you off to a good start, but if you’re able to take a deep breath, and internalize that anything you forget can always be picked up later during your trip, packing for a semester abroad or long backpacking trip is a lot less stressful. Read More