The 11 Must-See Amphitheatres Around the World

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.

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A Look Back: The Top Five Blog Posts of 2014

As we get ready to turn the page on a new calendar year, we wanted to take a moment to look back at the top five most popular posts on our student blog in 2014.

These were our most-read posts this year, so if you haven’t had a chance to read them, now would be a good time to get caught up! They may give you some great tips to consider if you are heading abroad in Europe this Spring, preparing for an overnight layover or planning a road trip for 2015. Read More

Top Travel Headlines This Week: Selfie Sticks, Best Student Cities 2015, Thailand Tourism Viral Video

Smile for the Selfie Stick

It is likely that every camera phone out there has a few “selfies” on it, but for travelers, selfies aren’t always the best option for photo taking. When travelers are taking wide angle photos of picturesque landscapes or large group photos, their arm can’t reach far enough to capture it all in a traditional “selfie” and in some countries, travelers may not be comfortable handing their iPhone to a stranger to take the photo for them. Enter selfie sticks (which came out earlier this year) for travelers that capture their vacation memories on their smartphone or tablet. Read More

Australia, a working hostel, and a bra flag

In the beginning….

I was 19 years old, and decided to leave everything behind and go to Australia.
I vividly remember the day I left. It was so, so cold. It had just started to snow, and the runways at Heathrow airport were getting closed one by one. As I made my way to the airport, questions started to run through my head. Read More