Top 10 International Hotels


Is money no object for you? Are you looking for a place to stay that’s off the beaten path? Here is a list of ten of the world’s most interesting and luxurious hotels. Found in some of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the world, any one of them is a great launching point for an unforgettable travel experience. If any of these tempt your fancy, then head on over to StudentUniverse’s main site and book your trip now!

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Honduras is my #happyplace


Honduras is often criminally overlooked by tourists to Central America in favour of its slightly flashier neighbours to the south. Yet its abundance of cultural experiences and its budget-friendly tourism atmosphere mean Honduras is also one of the best places for student travellers to visit any time of the year. Here is a quick guide to some of the best Honduras has to offer, from ancient Mayan ruins to cosmopolitan cities to beautiful beaches.

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Panama City on a Budget


I first became enamored with Panama City when, as a young girl, I saw pictures of the beautiful Panama Canal in National Geographic and endeavored to learn some Spanish and travel to the region one day. Little did I know then that the city was such a vibrant place. Today, as an older, wiser, and more budget-minded student traveler, I find myself drawn to Panama City for different reasons. Full of life and character, the city also happens to be one of the best places for an inexpensive but exotic getaway. Here’s a quick guide to experiencing the best that Panama City has to offer without spending a fortune.

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Dubai: A Desert Diamond


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

The World's Best Waterfront Destinations: #happyplace

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Imagine yourself stretched out on a beautiful beach somewhere, a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. The sun is shining, the ocean breeze is blowing, and the people are splashing and laughing. Life is good. If this sounds like your #happyplace, then look no further: lather on that SPF 30 sunscreen and grab your swimsuit and sunglasses, because here are some of the best waterfront destinations around the world.

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Eating Well For Less Abroad


Pleasures of the gastronomic sort are certainly one of the reasons why everyone loves to travel, but not everyone can afford to eat at expensive restaurants when they’re in a foreign country. On the other hand, it seems cruel and inhuman to limit one’s diet to cheap ramen and bottled sodas when traveling in some of the world’s most exotic destinations. How, then, can a budget traveler strike the perfect balance between using their money wisely and experiencing all that cuisines from different cultures have to offer? By using common sense and keeping some of the following tips in mind, you too can enjoy the best eats that you have ever come across. Read More

My #happyplace: Guangzhou, China

Once in your lifetime, you will encounter a place that perfectly embodies who you are, a place as vibrant and diverse as you. This is your #happyplace, and for me, my #happyplace is located in the beautiful city of Guangzhou, China. Perhaps I’m biased, since Guangzhou is also my hometown and the place where I lived until I was four, but the reasons why I love this city so much have very little to do with nostalgia and much to do with the unforgettable cultural experiences I’ve been lucky enough to take part in. If you’ve never heard of Guangzhou, that’s perfectly natural; although it’s the third-largest city in China, it’s mostly eschewed the overseas fame that cities like Beijing and Shanghai have embraced. For that reason, I find Guangzhou to be the perfect blend of east and west, a city rooted in tradition but on the cusp of the future. Let me introduce you to my #happyplace.

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Cheap College Cuisine: Making a Meal Plan

iStock_000014871272MediumMuch like how carefully planning an itinerary will help reduce the costs of travel, carefully planning meals will help reduce living expenses while in college. You can find many excellent meal plans on the Internet that feature inexpensive and healthy recipes (I particularly enjoy the ones from Clean Eating magazine which change weekly), but the best way to find a meal plan tailored to your tastes is to make one yourself. Spending half an hour each week to outline what you will eat for the next few days can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

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5 Cheap Things To Do When Visiting A New Country


So you randomly threw a thumbtack at that world map hanging on your wall, and decided to visit the first country it hit. Now that you’re in a place you know almost nothing about, what can you do here? Travel is a journey; a journey to find adventure and culture and depth in the far foreign reaches of our world. I believe that the best way to do this is by experiencing as much of the local culture as you can during your short visit, something that doesn’t require a lot of money. Here’s my checklist of the activities you should do when you go to a country for the first time.

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