Uncovered: 3 Secret European Beaches Only the Locals Know

Cold, wet and miserable are just some of the descriptions of winter weather. Often, in the midst of this dreary season, our minds are flooded with dreams of laying on the beach or basking in the sun. However, once the time comes, we often find ourselves lingering over the same old question: WHERE DO WE GO?  Read More

Shredding Secrets: Which Board Will You Use?

With winter season approaching some of us are looking forward to grabbing our boards. Whether you are grabbing your snowboard to shred the slopes or you are grabbing your surfboard to shred some waves: StudentUniverse has some new destinations for you to go. These destinations aren’t your typical global hot spots, but rather the unknown… Read More

Adventure Time! Cairns, Queensland

August 10-15, 2014 AUS // August 9-14, 2014 US Our visit to Cairns, Queensland! Adventures, food, boys, and nature, everything Australia has to offer in one place. Have you ever thought about crossing a country by traveling primarily on a bus? As two pretty active 22 year olds, we were up for it but were… Read More

The 5 Best Beaches in New England

August is halfway over, but the weather in New England is stubbornly hot and muggy—which means it’s still beach time. Since summer is coming to a close, you won’t want to waste any time at subpar beaches. Check out some of the best New England beaches for an easy and affordable weekend getaway and make the most of these last few weeks of summer.

Cape May, NJ is my #HappyPlace

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International travel is on my list of things to do but when you’ve just graduated college, have student loan debt, and your entry level job isn’t exactly bringing in six-figures, your travel plans are put on hold for the moment. America has some really great places to stay that a broke recent college grad could enjoy and afford. One of my favorite places to go is Cape May, New Jersey. Read More

Bocas del Toro – Finding Paradise

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To initiate the start of my blogging career, I wanted to begin with something fresh and familiar to me that concerns my most recent travels to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama this past 2013 Summer. I just recently had a friend ask me about what I recommend she do with her three extra days between flying into Costa Rica and flying out of Panama City. She had mentioned wanting to visit a place called Bocas del Toro, a popular island in the VERY northeast corner of Panama. A place that definitely offers a little chunk of paradise if you go searching for it.

Bocas del Toro is an island on the Panama coast that thrives off of tourism. It is one of the most interesting places I’ve visited because of its mix of inhabitants from all over the world, its major strip where all of the nightlife happens, and the awesome day tours you can do to other keys or cities. It is definitely a little melting pot of culture in itself, having a huge caribeño influence and with tourists that turned into locals by never leaving after they fell in love with its unique atmosphere. They run on a currency called balboa (which is also the name of their trademark beer!) that is actually equal to the american dollar in this tourist-dense area of the country.  But don’t worry! If you’re traveling on a backpacker’s budget like I was, you can surely afford a couple days there while seeing some gorgeous beaches that look like your average dream vacation of tropical paradise.

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The World's Best Waterfront Destinations: #happyplace


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Imagine yourself stretched out on a beautiful beach somewhere, a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. The sun is shining, the ocean breeze is blowing, and the people are splashing and laughing. Life is good. If this sounds like your #happyplace, then look no further: lather on that SPF 30 sunscreen and grab your swimsuit and sunglasses, because here are some of the best waterfront destinations around the world.

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