How To See Baños, Ecuador in Three Days

A trip to Baños is necessary for anyone looking to dive headfirst into Ecuador’s lush natural scenery. Known as both “The Adventure Capital of Ecuador” and the “Gateway To The Amazon”, Baños allows travelers to immerse themselves in the mystical beauty of nature while warming up to the welcoming local culture. Easily reachable by bus from the capital city of Quito, Baños represents a perfect destination for budget travelers who want to experience adventure, and here is how to make the most of this vibrant city in only a few days.

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Making Friends While Traveling Solo

It’s no secret that traveling solo can be exhilarating, confidence-building, and downright fun–but that doesn’t mean you won’t also want to pick up some friends along the way.

Reaching out to complete strangers can be intimidating, trust me–I know. But remember: there are other solo travelers out there who want to find a friend just as much as you do. Read More

Best Travel Guides by Continent

So you’re traveling somewhere new. How do you get around? Where’s the best place to get fried dumplings? Why does everyone take a nap at 3:00 pm? We’ve got the best travel guides to help answer all of these questions, and help you navigate your next adventure.

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A Q+A With Our 2015 Globetrotter of the Year: Jillian Krisinger

Every year we take some time to sit down with our user who visits the most countries that year, our “Globetrotter of the Year,” to hear more about their adventures.  Last year it was Oscar Garcia, who visited 18 countries (via 13 flights and 4 trains) as part of a 91 day trip. This year it was Jillian Krisinger, who visited 15 countries with StudentUniverse as part of three trips in 2015. 

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5 Reasons to Visit Brazil

Brazilians have a phrase to describe the most beautiful, amazing things in the world – Lindo maravilhoso! Which sounds just about right considering the natural wonders and the festive traditions this country hosts. With the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has recently been in the spotlight. Even if you will not be attending the Olympics, this South American gem has a lot to offer for the avid traveler. From sunny beaches to the affectionate culture, check out our five reasons to visit Brazil:

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Where To Go in South America: A Stress-Free Vacation

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of our busy schedules. I often find myself thinking that everything would be better if I could just freeze time for a moment; to fit everything I needed to into a day then take a deep breath and relax. I found that moment of pause and stress- free feeling during my travels to Chile and Argentina.

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Tourist's Story – My Solo Trip to Lima, Peru

Alexis Anthony, The Young, Broke Traveler, spent her spring break traveling solo through South America. As with many travelers, at first she was a little hesitant to travel by herself, but figured she was up for the challenge and took it head on! See why Alexis vows to return to the colorful, ethnic city of… Read More