Borders & Bucket Lists

Crossing Over Borders and Off Bucket Lists

Date archives September 2017

Continental U.S. / North America

Pirates’ Cove: My New Favorite Southern California Beach

Pirates' Cove
I absolutely love beaches.  When you find one that you like, it becomes the perfect place to escape from the crowds, the stress, and the worries of life.  It becomes an amazing getaway, just like the beach I wrote about in my very first post.  However, even though I’ve gone to school in Southern California for around a year now, I still hadn’t found my perfect getaway beach.  Until now.
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Travel Tips

The Almost Selfish Nature of Travellers

Selfish Nature of Travellers and Travel Warning

Have you ever looked at the U.S. travel warning list?  It’s a pretty sad list.  At one point, I thought, “Wow, it sucks that I can’t go to these places, because they’re too dangerous.”  There are so many places on that list labelled “warning” that I would love to visit, like Israel, Cuba, or the Philippines.  Then, one day, I was talking to one of my professors about this, and he said something really enlightening.  He told me that he thought the same way as I did at one time, but then he realized how selfish it was to wish for the politics and stability of a country to improve, just so he could visit, instead of wishing for the situation to improve for the people living there.

​This idea couldn’t have made a bigger impact on my way of thinking.
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Travel Tips

How to Pack Light

How to Pack Light
I’ve recently realized that I have a knack for packing light.  No matter where I go or how long I’ll be gone, I never bring more than one suitcase (including when I went to Switzerland for eight months).  I decided that I should share some of my ideas, so here a few tips on how to pack light.

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Travel Tips

10 Reasons to Study Abroad

Reasons to Study Abroad Say Yes to New Adventures
​A year ago today, I was at LAX, boarding a plane to Switzerland to start my amazing eight-month study abroad experience.  I know this is going to sound cliché, but this was the most life-changing experience I’ve had thus far. I definitely think people should take the opportunity to do so, and so here are ten reasons to study abroad.
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