Dubai: Spring Break 2014

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Although this Middle Eastern paradise may not have been you first thought for your upcoming Spring Break, you should definitely reconsider the option.  Whether you want to work on your tan, hit the slopes, or simply discover a new place, Dubai has it all!

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Cool Things To Do in Dubai

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When thinking about Study Abroad, alternative Spring Break destinations, or leisurely travel with friends and family, your first instinct is probably France, Italy, London, or Spain – but if you are looking for something truly unique and loaded with fun activities, then check out what Dubai, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates federation, has to offer.

Dubai is a thriving metropolis that continues to build upon the city it has created.  With incredible architecture, hot night clubs, and extravagance painted up and down every street, visitors are sure to feel like royalty.  Perfect for business or pleasure, this paradise offers more attractions, shopping, fine dining, and unique hotels than any other destination.  But you probably want to know what the absolute coolest places are to visit, right?  Well take a look at our top five suggestions that are sure to catch your attention!

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Unique Experiences Around the World: The High Tides of Venice

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Most people know Venice, Italy for its canals, grandeur, beauty, and mysteriousness. And often times, people now also connect the city to the fact that it’s going to sink someday! Even if they’ve never been to Venice, they’ve heard through word of mouth or Discovery Channel that this magical city will probably cease to exist someday (like Atlantis!)…and become wiped away and engulfed by the same water environment that made it so special and powerful in the first place.

There is a real chance this could happen over the next 100 years and that is why Venice has taken the measures to build mobile gates in the Venetian lagoon that will rise to protect the city from flooding during the times of Acqua Alta, “high tides” – A $5 billion project by the way…which hopes to be completed in the coming years, many years later than expected! Read More

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Studying Abroad for a year in Paris didn’t make me fluent in French

 

By the time that I decided I was going to study abroad in France for an academic year, I had been studying French for 8 years. My high school and university led me to believe that I had an advanced level of fluency in French speaking and overall comprehension. This impression that my French language skills were higher than they actually were led me to believe that after a year in Paris, I would be fluent in French. The fact that I heard this claim from numerous sources also helped to perpetuate this belief.  However, when I arrived in Paris, I quickly realized that my level of French fluency was closer to intermediate than advanced. It took over four months of living and breathing French daily to get to a semi-advanced level. Even after over 11 months in Paris, I still wasn’t at complete fluency in French. But maybe that’s because of my definition of fluency. Read More

Fun times in the Queen City: Buffalo

I love living in Buffalo. When I say this to people they look at me like I’m crazy, but it’s true. There is truly something amazing about the people who live here, the one word that comes to mind is perseverance. Through recession, depression, lake-effect snowstorms at rush hour, there are people who still have… Read More

10 Things You Will Learn While Studying Abroad in Scotland

Scotland is a great place to study abroad; the country boasts high caliber universities, rich history, thriving nightlife, and dramatic natural landscapes. And while it may not seem like the most exotic destination, if you are departing from America, there are many things you may learn studying abroad in Scotland, our across-the-pond neighbor. 1. There… Read More

Travel Resolutions for the New Year

As I reflect upon my past year of travel I realize there are some things I would like to focus on (or rather stop focusing on) while I plan my future adventures for 2014. 1. Stop going to places because the guidebooks tell me to You should not feel obligated to go somewhere simply because… Read More

5 Winter Trips for Volunteering & Exploring Abroad

happy and diverse volunteer groupNot only does volunteering provide you with the chance to give back to others, it can offer tangible skills that help mold you into an attractive job candidate.

TimeBank reported on reed.co.uk research that included 3,000 UK employers and employees in 2009. Among the research, “24 percent of employees said that volunteering helped them achieve a promotion, and 14 percent said that volunteering had helped them achieve a higher salary.”

Interested in enhancing your skills, achieving a promotion or increasing your salary through volunteering? Don’t have the time to spend an entire semester abroad? Research a short-term volunteer abroad trip for this winter. These five trips showcase diverse locations and service projects. Read More

Keeping the Adventure Alive

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Everyone knows about the shock which occurs when you leave your home country and travel to a foreign country, far different from the one you’ve always known and loved. However, not as many people mention the opposite shock of returning from abroad!

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The Top 10 Things You Have To Do To Fully Embrace Travel

We talk a lot about travel and how important it is. You might say that we’re enthusiasts. It’s our business and it’s what we love. We believe that traveling can change people and that those changes are almost always positive. It’s a unique way to grow as a person and your time in college is… Read More