Day-tripping: Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain – a World Heritage Site – is located in the region of Castile and León and is home to the Aqueduct of Segovia and Segovia Cathedral.  Just a short train ride north-west of Madrid, (€20 round trip on the high speed train from Chamartin Station) this quaint little city on the other side… Read More

World Cup in Brazil 101

The World Cup sensation has already taken effect!  Thinking about getting in on the action?  Check out this infographic to get fast facts about where you should stay, how you can get around, and other important Brazil information for June 2014!  Book your flight with StudentUniverse, book your stay with WeHostels and save!  Stay up to date… Read More

5 Common French Language Mistakes to Avoid

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Language can be a funny thing especially when it isn’t your native tongue. When you study abroad in France, you’ll make mistakes in French. This is completely natural. The best advice I can give is to not be afraid to speak and correct the mistake when you can. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes Anglophones make when speaking French. Read More

Five Tips for College Writers: The No-Prompt Essay

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It’s that time again. Your professor has passed out the next essay prompt. You give it the once over, and your heart sinks. You must choose your own topic and provide adequate support from the text.

You’re probably asking, Why do professors do this? Why can’t they just give me a prompt?  The truth is, however annoyed and lost you may feel, this is a tremendous opportunity. In fact, this is one of the best essay prompts you can get. And here’s why. Read More

London Care Package

I have a lot of friends and family who are incredibly generous. When I was going to London for the first and second time to study, they bought me guide books, SIM cards for my phone, and Transport for London cards that you need to use to get on buses and the Underground. So, if… Read More

Bocas del Toro – Finding Paradise

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To initiate the start of my blogging career, I wanted to begin with something fresh and familiar to me that concerns my most recent travels to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama this past 2013 Summer. I just recently had a friend ask me about what I recommend she do with her three extra days between flying into Costa Rica and flying out of Panama City. She had mentioned wanting to visit a place called Bocas del Toro, a popular island in the VERY northeast corner of Panama. A place that definitely offers a little chunk of paradise if you go searching for it.

Bocas del Toro is an island on the Panama coast that thrives off of tourism. It is one of the most interesting places I’ve visited because of its mix of inhabitants from all over the world, its major strip where all of the nightlife happens, and the awesome day tours you can do to other keys or cities. It is definitely a little melting pot of culture in itself, having a huge caribeño influence and with tourists that turned into locals by never leaving after they fell in love with its unique atmosphere. They run on a currency called balboa (which is also the name of their trademark beer!) that is actually equal to the american dollar in this tourist-dense area of the country.  But don’t worry! If you’re traveling on a backpacker’s budget like I was, you can surely afford a couple days there while seeing some gorgeous beaches that look like your average dream vacation of tropical paradise.

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Isla Formosa – Exploring Taiwan

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Isla Formosa: What happens when you leave Taiwan’s “concrete jungle” for the real thing

Taiwan’s west coast is lined with seemingly inescapable, crammed, dirty city. But the country was not formerly called Isla Formosa (Beautiful Island) for nothing! Central and eastern Taiwan host a lush wonderland of mountainous beauty. A couple tourist favorites and Taiwan must-sees are Taroko National Park and Sun Moon Lake. They are fairly simple (but not necessarily quick!) to get to and definitely worth the trip. Read More

Europe's Most Unusual Museums

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If you have already had the privilege of visiting the Louvre, the British Museum in London, and the Guggenheim, or simply cannot be bothered with the crowds and price tag associated with these establishments, you may find yourself rambling about the streets of Europe without much of a destination. However, many European cities have quirky cultural characteristics that they are very proud of; so proud of, in fact, that they have a museum established to celebrate this certain feature. This list contains four museums where the “average tourist” (not you, of course) may never step foot. Read More

Cinque Terre: Portovenere To Levanto and Everything in Between – Infinity

Are you an adventurer? Do you love islands, mountains, caves, beaches, forests, and the sea? Do you want to see some of the most beautiful, diverse landscapes in Italy? Well if you answered yes to any of the above, it’s safe to say you will fall in love with Cinque Terre, Italy located in the northwest, picturesque Ligurian region of the country.

Cinque Terre, translated in English to “Five Lands,” consists of five villages along the coast of the Ligurian Sea. From south to north the villages are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Not only do you have these beautiful and colorful villages nestled into the mountains along the coast, but you also have the enchanting towns of Portovenere to the south and Levanto, the only town in the area with a beach, to the north of Cinque Terre! Read More

Exploring Peru!

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Very soon after my flight landed in Peru, I quickly realized there is no other country in the world that can compare. It’s a magical country bursting with life and a place that offers up diverse culture, fascinating history and mouth-watering cuisine. It’s diverse eco-systems give you endless opportunity for adventure. All the way from it’s glacial peaks in the Andes, to the surf spots on the Pacific, Peru really does have it all. Here are my top 5 places to visit in Peru:

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