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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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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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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Obviously, I’m still pretty new at this whole travel blogging thing. I mean, I love doing it, but I still have a lot to improve on. A LOT. To try to learn how to get better, I’ve been reading a bunch of travel blogs and online magazines, and here are a few of my favorites.
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Sometimes when you come back home from a trip (or, in my case, a year of study abroad), your hometown may seem a little boring. What happened to the adventure every day? Seeing new sites? Eating weird foods? Talking to cool people? It seems like all of that is gone. Since I’ve been back, I’ve tried to keep that spirit of adventure alive. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find new, adventurous things to do, and here are the best ways to find some. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to explore your home too!
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This past weekend, a group of my friends and I spontaneously decided to road trip up to the Bay Area, just because we felt like it. We did it “for the lols” – and I didn’t regret it for even a second. So here are just a few reasons to take a spontaneous road trip.
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This week I went to Greece, where I tested my haggling skills. Now, there was a major mental barrier that I had to conquer before I could actually haggle. I actually felt bad thinking about arguing for a lower price with people who might need the money.
Then I realized that the vendors were prepared for people to haggle. They probably previously raised the price to compensate. And let’s be real, I don’t have a ton of money to be throwing around either – thank you, college.
I ended up successfully haggling for two of my souvenirs…well, I got them down to two-thirds of the original price. Obviously, I’m no means an expert, but here are a few tips that I learned on through my experiences.
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