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 nature-fix. Read More

City Bike Tours: Do Them!

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If you are half-decent at riding a bike and are not intimidated by traffic then definitely hop on a bike tour as a means of introducing yourself to a new city.  These tour guides have a way of making historical sightseeing interesting and a lot of fun!  They are also good at making you feel comfortable on your bike even if you are not the best cyclist in the world.  Remember you are riding around in a large group – the chances of getting hit by a car are very slim (particularly in Germany where the penalties for drivers are very high!).  A bike tour is a great way to get your bearings in a new city while also learning a bit about its history. Read More

Rules for a German Sauna

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As Americans, when we hear the word “sauna” we generally think of those small, wooden rooms attached to the locker room of our local gym, with barely enough space to fit three of your closest friends, and where a swimsuit and a towel are required.  I don’t know about anyone else, but saunas in the States generally cultivate feelings of claustrophobia and are reminiscent of fish markets and fraternity bathrooms.  I tend to avoid them at all costs. Read More

Boston: Must-sees & Activities #happyplace

7-29-2013 3-01-42 PMBoston is a walking city!  Unless there is a blizzard or it is ridiculously humid outside nobody should be using public transport.  It is also a great city for students – both local and international alike.  Most sites and attractions offer student discounts while some shops will also give a discount to ISIC cardholders (see ISIC for details).
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Roadtrips & Sunsets

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

“Is it true that Montana has more cows than people”?  Our Chinese friend, Qiong, was testing our knowledge of the state that we were travelling through. We were 5 international students in the car, from all over the world, on a roadtrip across the US. We hadn’t known each other before this trip. Peter, from Austria, had posted a forum for people to join in him on his road trip. The rest of us were people who had jumped in at the chance. Read More

London on a Budget

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In terms of world cities, it doesn’t get more cosmopolitan than London. It is the world’s most visited city and is home to dozens of famous landmarks, museums, and heritage sites. However, you don’t have to be financially rich in order to enjoy this culturally rich metropolis. By carefully planning your itinerary, you too can enjoy London for less.
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The Staycation: Low on Cost, High on Fun

IMG_0780There’s nothing quite like the feeling of traveling abroad, but what about those days when your bank balance won’t permit a lengthy journey? The answer may lie in a “staycation”, a ridiculous word with a great concept. By budgeting correctly and making smart financial decisions, you too can embark on a staycation and have a fantastic travel experience in your own hometown for a negligible amount of money.
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