How to See Oxford, England for Less Than £100

Whether you fantasize about Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and sharing a pint at The Eagle and the Child, romanticize the idea of studying in the hallowed halls of one of the world’s oldest and most revered universities, or are lured by punting and picnics along the River Cherwell, a trip to England is rarely complete without visiting the Dreaming Spires of Oxford—trust me, I remember the excitement of my first visit! (more…)

How to See Edinburgh, Scotland for Less Than $100

Last Fall I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Bradford, England.

While I was there, I was able to explore many places in the UK.  Although I loved Bradford, Edinburgh caught my eye and became my favorite destination.  Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, is the seventh most populous city in the UK and it attracts over one million visitors a year. It is the birthplace of many attractions that tell the story of how Scotland began. JK Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter novels, actually wrote her first novel in a café located in Edinburgh. If you’re an avid reader like I am, you know how exciting it is to see a place where such great inspiration was born. (more…)

Walk in the Footsteps of Musical Giants in Historic Liverpool


When anyone mentions Liverpool, the common man may simply think of the popular Football/Soccer team. However, when I hear I think of the musical acts that came out of that blue-collar city and paved the way for musicians for generations to come. Liverpool is most famously known for being the birthplace of The Beatles.  Yet, Liverpool is the hometown of groups from the 60’s such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, new wave group from the 80’s A Flock of Seagulls, and 90’s pop sensations BBMak, as well as a range of solo artists ranging from Cilla Black to Elvis Costello. Liverpool is truly the epicenter for musical talent. So much in fact, that in the 60’s, the sound that came out of Liverpool was known as the “Mersey Beat” (Liverpool resides along the River Mersey). Clearly, if you’re a musical nerd like me, Liverpool is a city that you need to visit! I was going to write another blog that outlined my journey through Liverpool, but my heart was set on doing anything that involved The Beatles with the very little amount of time I had to explore the city. However, there is so much to do in Liverpool. Here at 5 things to do in this city that is boasting with culture! (more…)

Lost in London #happyplace

LondonThis past Monday I spent a lazy day getting lost in one of the greatest (in my own humble opinion) cities in the world.  I have been to London on several occasions and thus felt comfortable leaving the maps and guides behind.  London is big but walking from borough to borough is very doable and a great way to experience the city (also more affordable than taking public transport everywhere). (more…)