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Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me Before I Studied Abroad

Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me Before I Studied Abroad

As August quietly draws to a close, another school year is upon us. Some students are setting off for university for the first time, others are returning to old friends and new classes, while others are apprehensively waiting to board a plane that will take them abroad for a semester [...]

Five Tips For Visitors to the UK

Five Tips For Visitors to the UK

  If you are fortunate enough to have earned a front seat at this year’s Olympic games, you are in the midst of a wonderful British cultural experience that Danny Boyle very creatively represented during the opening ceremony. Sure, London can be a little overwhelming at times and it does [...]

Traveling During Ramadan

Traveling During Ramadan

  Traveling in a predominately Muslim country during Ramadan can be a wonderful, but challenging experience. Particularly for those of us who are not very good at abstaining from food and drink for more than 15 minutes at a time (guilty). Life moves at a much slower pace during Ramadan [...]

The Airport Olympics

The Airport Olympics

Watching the Olympics inspires a certain degree of pride in and appreciation of the superhuman athletic endeavors of our fellow human beings. We’re proud when the athletes from our home country do well, but we’re also in awe of the strength, grace, and agility of all of our Olympians regardless [...]

European Beach Etiquette

European Beach Etiquette

  Europeans have a slightly different approach to a day out on the beach. This approach generally involves a fair amount of nudity and a more laissez-faire attitude toward public display of speedos, thongs, and other scraps of shiny fabric wound tightly around the body. There is nothing wrong with [...]

How to Annoy Your Flight Attendant

How to Annoy Your Flight Attendant

As a flight attendant, you are the only thing standing between those mini bottles of vodka and hundreds of exhausted, stressed out, and sleep-deprived travelers. Half the time they don’t even see you. They look right through you to whatever it is they need to get through the flight and [...]

Traveling on a Round the World Ticket: Conditions and Rules

Traveling on a Round the World Ticket: Conditions and Rules

There are plenty of ways to get yourself around the world and it’s never been easier than right now. For as long as anyone can remember, humans have been walking, riding, sailing, rafting, and hitchhiking just to get around the world. If you have plenty of money, but no time, [...]

5 Hand Gestures to Avoid While Traveling

5 Hand Gestures to Avoid While Traveling

Pantomiming and gesturing becomes an integral part of traveling when you don’t speak the language.You begin relying on your hands to communicate the things that your mouth is unable to pronounce. For the most part, this real life game of charades is heartwarming, hilarious, and entertaining. Unfortunately, the lack of [...]

How to be an Obnoxious Tourist

How to be an Obnoxious Tourist

  Once while on my way to class in Germany, I watched a group of young travelers board a bus and rush to the back, where they proceeded to lounge back with their feet up on the seats and provide offhand commentary about everyone near them very loudly in their [...]

How to Find the Best Restaurants

How to Find the Best Restaurants

  When I travel, I am concerned with one thing and one thing only: food. Sure, the museums are great and the architecture is fabulous. The villages are quaint and the people charming, but what I really want to know is….when do we get to eat? Every waking moment, I’m [...]