10 Things American Students Encounter in the UK

Studying abroad in another country is unlike any other experience you will ever have. You will encounter things you never had to on a daily basis. From interesting everyday language to decode, to stares you get when people hear your American accent, some things will confuse you and not make sense. Then you’ll realize one day when you’re back home from studying abroad that you said “ta for the biscuits” like a proper Northerner instead of “thanks for the cookies” and will finally be comfortable with things that made absolutely no sense at the beginning of your adventures. Here are 10 things that you will encounter and learn to deal with as you become a Britisher yourself (as told by my favorite band, The Beatles)! Read More

The Top 10 Things You Have To Do To Fully Embrace Travel

We talk a lot about travel and how important it is. You might say that we’re enthusiasts. It’s our business and it’s what we love. We believe that traveling can change people and that those changes are almost always positive. It’s a unique way to grow as a person and your time in college is the perfect opportunity to have those experiences. That said, the true magic of travel comes from embracing it fully, from taking each moment for what it’s worth and taking the time to notice the world revealing itself around you. We have compiled some thoughts on what you have to do to get the most out of your travel experiences. So, here’s what you have to do: Read More

The Long Way Home

I currently live in Buffalo, New York but was born and raised in Perkaise, Pennsylvania (small town outside of Philadelphia). This Christmas I will be making the trip home and its one I’ve made a couple of times since I first attended Niagara University.  The six-hour drive can be agonizingly painful, especially when I am traveling alone. Read More

Post Group Travel Depression

It’s not really a classified mental illness, but sometimes after you spend so much time with a group of people on an amazing adventure you find yourself depressed without them.

I spent an incredible thirty-days with my 4k for Cancer teammates as we ran, jogged, and occasionally crawled across America. We all had one thing in common; we hated cancer and were willing to put our bodies through hell in order to spread the word, along with raising money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. Each person had a story and a personal reason for being on the trip but in the end we all had one goal, get to Baltimore. Read More

Minneapolis: Ode to Shivering and Shopping


The first time I went to Minneapolis was during the month of June. The second time was in January. The temperature was nineteen degrees when I arrived, about thirty degrees lower than what I had left at home, and the first thing the waitress at the Denny’s I stopped at on my way from the airport said to me was, “Don’t you love how warm it is?” Read More

Dancing in Dublin- Finding The Pot of Gold


Got a fever for finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Why not some leprechauns too? Well then, get yourself to Ireland! Though I can’t guarantee you’ll find a pot of gold when you visit Ireland, I can almost certainly guarantee you will find joy, good times, happiness, beautiful scenery, a charming culture, and a vibrant nightlife. After spending 10 days in the Dublin region of the beautiful country of Ireland and falling in love with everything the country has to offer… here’s why you should go and some ideas for when you visit! Read More

Don't Wear a Dress to the Windy City


Chicago is called the Windy City, and I learned the hard way that it lives up to its nickname when I wore a thin, flippy dress upon my arrival and promptly showed many Chicagoans and my fellow tourists quite a bit more of myself than I had intended. I attempted to hold my dress down with one hand without losing my grip on my backpack, duffel bag and handbag, while I searched for the entrance to the underground trains (and finally found it on my third trip around the block.) Despite our rough beginnings, Chicago and I formed a fast friendship. I’ve been back multiple times, and if not for the fact that it gets far too cold for my thin Southern-bred skin, I would move there in a minute. There is no shortage of life in Chicago, and I’ve spent days just walking around the city without ever getting bored or seeing all the things I wanted to see. That said, there are a few must-sees that I have discovered. Read More

Twenty in Paris: Happy Holidays

It’s the holiday season here in the USA which got me thinking about what our friends in France are doing this time of year. Many of the major holidays that we celebrate in the USA are also celebrated in France. How they are celebrated and when is a different story. Let’s take a look at some differences in the ways holidays are celebrated in France and the United States. Read More

Tips for Finding an Apartment Abroad


So you have made the move abroad and are now in the midst of trying to find a place to live in a foreign country.  In my case I had just moved to Madrid to teach English for the upcoming school year.  Even with the Spanish I know the first few days I spent in Spain were more than a little intimidating!  Whether you have moved abroad for school or work, here are a few tips and suggestions to help you navigate this part of the process:
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