Day-tripping: Segovia, Spain

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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 of the Guadarrama Mountains makes for the perfect day-trip destination. 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 on all of the World Cup action on Twitter: #WorldCupBrazil 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 you know someone who is going to London or the UK in general, and you’d like to let your creative juices flow, here is  genius way to make a “care package” for your friend or family member to introduce them to stuff they’re going to need, and introduce them to the UK! This idea came about over a dinner with one of my good childhood friends. We both studied abroad in London in 2010, and we still long for access to Afternoon Tea. 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. Read More

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. Read More