According to GapYear.com, 230,000 young travelers in the UK take a Gap Year each year and have been doing so since the 1960’s; meanwhile, the concept started to gain ground amongst US students in the last few years in tandem with rising College tuition costs. The announcement that Malia Obama plans to take a Gap Year before she attends Harvard in 2017 is proof that it is not only the concept, but the term, that is gaining a foothold in the US market.
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.
Still looking for summer travel plans? Head on over abroad for a summer in Europe! It seems that everyone wants to experience living abroad for a while, so why not go for the summer? Get some friends, your family, or if you’re brave enough, take on the adventure solo! I’ve compiled a list of my… Read More
Navigating London was something I genuinely loved doing. Getting lost was a thrill to me, and I always had a map handy just in case. However, in order to fit into this elaborate and diverse culture, I realized there was more I had to do. After some time, I got mistaken for a Londoner by… Read More
Prague, Czech Republic – A modern day fairy tale city where the beer flows cheaper than water. I could write about the Pražský orloj (Prague Astronomical Clock) in Old Town Square, or the “Walk of Apostles” that takes place at two o’clock everyday, or Pražský hrad (Prague Castle), which is most accessible via the Karlův… Read More
For my last two years of high school and first two years at university, I had the opportunity to travel to Panama City, Panama. I went to teach students from all over the world how to be strong debate leaders and successful students. It was a great experience that taught me how to be a… Read More
After spending a very sketchy night in a Paris hostel and a short morning of train travel I arrived in Brugge, Belgium. This little city is probably one of my favorites thus far. It is small and homey and the Belgians are the most uncomplicated of people. They say what they mean and they mean what they say… Read More
Recently, I spent a weekend living an absolute dream in the Whitsunday Islands. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this little slice of heaven, it’s a cluster of islands off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice during my time down under, and I can’t even begin… Read More
Craving a little adventure in your vacation? Don’t miss these unbelievable chances to get your heart racing. Skydiving WHERE: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia Get the best beach view of your life as you jump from 14,000 feet over the beautiful Byron Bay. Rest assured as you leap out of a plane that Byron… Read More
Even though it rained the entire time we were there (end of February), I still highly recommend a trip to the north of Spain! The greenery, mountains, and sea were a welcome change after a winter spent in Madrid. With a 6 hour nighttime bus ride behind us we were able to spend almost three… Read More