During last year’s StudentUniverse holiday party, I was the lucky winner of a pair of Delta tickets to any destination in Asia. Did I cry tears of joy? You bet. Was I overwhelmed by the number of options I had? Definitely. As I discussed my options with family, friends, and colleagues it became clear that Thailand was the obvious choice.
Most of us set resolutions for ourselves as we go into every year. I’m sure you’ve seen the overwhelming amount of “new year, new me” memes. While most resolutions are simple life changes like becoming more active with a gym membership or finally cleaning out your overflowing closet (I’ll get to it eventually), there’s a resolution that’s becoming increasingly popular: to travel more. Here are some reasons why traveling more should be on your resolution list.
If you’ve ever been on holiday, you’ll know that you only ever end up wearing or using about half the stuff you packed – which is infuriating. Unfortunately, the same thing tends to happen when you study abroad and is ten times more frustrating, as you’re travelling for an extended period of time and therefore every single inch of your suitcase is valuable.
We provided you some inspiration on how to celebrate the holidays in Europe, we’ve given you the top 10 New Year’s destinations and we’ve even created a Pinterest board to show you what New Year’s Eve celebrations look like around the world. So, are you planning to ring in the New Year in a new corner of the world this year? Or, maybe you’re just curious what will be going on around the world as the clock strikes midnight?
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.
Everyone looks for something different when it comes to packing bags and heading off to the next adventure. Some look for parties on the beach, some for jungle-laden temples, and others for ancient stone streets buried in the heart of Europe. If your wanderlust extends beyond the cities that everyone has already taken selfies in, we have the perfect list of unknown destinations curated for the true adventurer.
There’s a country no one is talking about but should: Portugal. With breathtaking coastlines, stunning wineries, affordable food, and charming cities, it should be one of Europe’s go-to destinations but is often overlooked. If you’re torn between vacationing in a fun city or the relaxing countryside, look no further. Portugal is small enough that you can enjoy both. And for a small price compared to its neighbors. Here are the top cities in Portugal and why you should give them a visit.
Rome. There is virtually no one who hasn’t heard of the glory of the Roman Empire, a civilization that conquered a vast stretch of land from Europe to North Africa. The only thing that’s as fierce as their thirst for expansion was their love for entertainment, and nearly everywhere they conquered you will find grand scale amphitheatres built to entertain the citizens of Rome that settled there. In most cases, these circular structures are the tallest and most grandeur building in the city. The enclosed, usually oval, area in the middle is called arena, the word derived from the Latin word harena, a type of fine sand they put on the ground to soak up the blood from gladiator fights on the arena floor.