Traveling to another country can be intimidating, especially if you don’t speak the language. Below are five Rookie Notes that I’ve learned while living in China and traveling throughout Europe and Northern Africa for how to survive abroad when you don’t speak the language. Cheers to traveling in country like a champ, even if you don’t speak the language.
UNESCO has recently reported about the rise of internationally-mobile students across the globe. One driving force behind the trend is the aggressive recruitment strategies of college and universities to attract the best and brightest students. In 2013, more than 4.1 million students pursued their college degrees abroad, up from 2 million in 2000.
I’ve always been attracted to food – where it comes from, how it’s prepared, it’s presentation, and obviously, how delicious it is. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll take photos of my food and hashtag #foodporn on my Instagram. I have no shame. My version of Netflix and chill is me (alone) binge watching Anthony Bourdain while stuffing my face with dumplings.
Island hopping in Thailand has always been a dream of mine. It wasn’t long after arriving in Bangkok, Thailand (see my other recent post on how to see Bangkok on a budget) that I booked my flights to Phuket and planned my week accordingly to hit them all: Phuket, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Read More
For Chinese international students, traveling back to school involves more than just books and classes – it involves finding a cheap flight to get back to campus. By traveling to the States in July versus August, Chinese students can achieve two goals – they can take advantage of one of the best seasons to explore America while also saving hundreds of dollars by traveling before peak season. Read More
While many youth from other parts of the world, like the UK, are very familiar with the “gap year” travel concept and work months to save up the funds to travel around the world between high school and college or college and full-time employment, travel unfortunately does not seem to be as high of a priority for many in the US.
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.
I’ve just returned from two weeks in the Tamil Nadu state of South India—mostly based in the city of Coimbatore. Sometimes you visit new countries and experience new food or see different landscapes and take back a memory or two of a wow experience. Here, nearly everything I saw and did was completely off my radar—in wondrous, interesting and perplexing ways alike. Read More