Studying abroad has become a common thing in almost all Universities. Whether you want to cross the border and go somewhere close, or cross-continents and experience a whole new world, the options are endless. You get to go to a new country and experience a new culture, meet new people, try new things you may not be able to try anywhere else, and sometimes even learn a new language or two.
My flight is scheduled for Friday, and I’m absolutely excited to be headed to Europe for the summer. There’s been a lot of packing, last minute shopping, and boy, oh boy, way too many laundry cycles. I’m 24 hours from checking in for my flight which leaves at 11:58 a.m. I’ll be traveling to North Carolina for a connecting flight before I arrive in Paris. Since the duration of the flight is going to be about 9-10 hours in total, I’m going to have to keep myself busy on the flight somehow. Here’s what’s going to be in my carry-on luggage.
Living just a few hours away from the Colombian border, the temptation was too much and I couldn't finish my year abroad without knowing Colombia. So, some friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to Bogotá. Being in the middle of our volunteer work and a fifty-page paper, we could only go for four days, but four days was all we needed to fall in love with the country.
Children in Yemen are facing an immense catastrophe due to volatile armed conflicts. Boys and girls are growing up in the most impoverished country of the Middle East, with little access to education and development. Consequently, Save the Children is an organization that works to promote and protect children’s rights.
I've been visiting Switzerland for about a week now, in a small town called Monthey. The mountains are breathtaking, the scenery relaxing. It is an ideal place for meditation and for those who want to get away from the bustle of a big city. After the chaos that occurred in Nice last week, it's been helpful to have some time away from Paris and to reflect on many things. I'm thankful for this time spent away.
Mitad del Mundo was the first one made, but it is not the real middle of the world, as the name would suggest. The real equator is almost 250m away, yet this fake equator is what attracts most tourists. The buses that come to this area drop people off at this site, and tour companies from Quito also bring their customers to this place.
After I missed my flight I realized I had two options: either I take the necessary steps within the next 24 hours to still make the trip or I give up and mourn over my irresponsibility. I chose the former and here are 5 things I learned from the headache of losing my passport.
The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is a uniquely bio diverse area unlike anything else on this planet. Tight conservations laws (including a mandatory fee just to get in after landing) and initiatives to take care of the nature and animals are what have led the Galapagos to be an incredible, mostly preserved, place unlike any other.
No matter where you go, there is a risk of something bad happening. On a scale of merely inconvenient to actual danger, there are so many things that can go wrong in day-to-day life and these risks greatly increase when you travel. When you're abroad, chances are you stand out. Depending on where you go, this isn't always a good thing. It makes you a target.
If you’re like me, you love a good film. You may also happen to love Netflix. Recently, I indulged in a series of documentary sprees and Netflix originals. I must say though, I think we all have been sleeping on the international films.
As I pack up my room after living with my Ecuadorian family for the past three months, I realize just how lucky I was to get to live with such great people and how much I am going to miss them. My host mom, brother, and even the two dogs are what made my time here great, rather than just good.
Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru is a demanding and incredibly satisfying trek. It is a 2-3 hour hike to get to this mountain and you have the option of hiring a horse and a guide.Unless you're really fit or like the challenge of steadily walking at increasing altitudes in a country whose altitude is already quite high even if your walking a flat area, then the horse option is probably best. You get to enjoy the same views but you don’t have to worry about running out of oxygen or getting sick.
There’s this sort of inexplicable appreciation and gratitude that you get after a period of travel. I’m currently sitting on my bed right now, staring at a pile of luggage that needs to be unpacked, overly jet lagged, but nevertheless content.
My eyes couldn’t believe such a picturesque view was real and not a utopic dream. I was out of breath. To get where I was standing, I had to walk through the jungle for approximately three hours. Nonetheless, I could not hesitate to take thousands of shots of this awe-inspiring scenery. It was just not possible that in such an unusual place, there were seven massive waterfalls, beautifully carrying crystalline water, causing the several species of fish to be perfectly admired by the public.
This summer, I’m headed for Europe! I haven’t been to France since the summer of 2013 and I had an amazing time visiting family and friends. I’m going back to France once more; this time I’ll be taking a tour of other destinations in Europe.
The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are the biggest salt flats in the world. They are also the location of many popular pictures on the Internet.
If you’ve seen a photo of people appearing to step on each other or a picture of people holding a group of people in their hands, you’ve likely seen this place in the background. The possibilities for these types of photos are endless, just like the salt flats themselves. You can stand in one spot and spin around and not see anything but the salt flats in every direction. They appear endless.
The Iguacu (or Iguazu) Falls are an amazing phenomenon of almost three hundred waterfalls that are found on the joining borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Since I was in Argentina, in Buenos Aires, it would have been about a 15-hour bus ride. We opted for the hour-long plane ride instead as we were short on time. It was only about fifty dollars more and the Argentinean airplane provided great snacks, which just made it more worth our money.
Guatemalan textiles are known globally for being unique, colorful and deeply rooted in this country’s traditions. Locals from villages in rural areas work on weaving these textiles and making them one of a kind. Several Guatemalan women are empowering themselves by starting their own businesses and making beautiful handbags with these textiles.
Instagram: the most popular social media app that not only saves us from boredom and awkward situations, but also informs us with the latest news and trending topics. And, one of those trending topics is world travel. Several millennials have been hired by top companies after they’ve opened an Instagram account and posted astonishing pictures while traveling! Here are the top five travel Instagram accounts you should be following now. Follow with caution though, these accounts will make you jealous!
While Mindo is ridiculously small. Despite the size, Mindo is full of activities and adventures, as well as cute and cozy hostels. Their one main street is full of delicious restaurants and dozens of tour companies.
As these disappearances happen every few years, it's hard to ignore. These are good people, some very young with bright futures ahead of them, not the kind of people to run away, which isn't even possible as you cannot leave this mountain without passing security.
The first weekend trip I took with friends while in Ecuador was to Baños. Baños is one of the more touristy places in the country, and with good reason. If you're adventurous then this is definitely the place for you. From paragliding, to white water rafting, horseback riding or canyoning, the city has something for everyone.
While it's easy to get lost in the fun of travelling and get swept away by the places you are visiting and the things you are doing, it is crucial that you keep your health in mind. There are several things to think about in order to stay healthy when you're away from home: food, cleanliness, sleep, and for some people exercise.
Whether you’re going somewhere new for vacation outside of the country, or wanting to live somewhere different for a year, I guarantee you that it’s possibly one of the best decisions that you will ever make.
As someone who travels overseas, I’ve experienced Jet Lag. Getting back into a familiar routine after being in a different time zone can practically feel foreign and difficult. For those who aren’t familiar with jet lag, it is a “temporary sleep disorder due to travel across multiple time zones.”
I received the text message at 11:41 p.m. on the fourteenth of July while watching fireworks in an unknown street in Paris, France.
After practically circulating the entire city in search for a parking space with no luck, we stumbled into a street corner that was filled with groups of people overlooking the Eiffel Tower, where fireworks were in display. It was almost like a light at the end of the tunnel. A slight blessing, in a weird way. After hours of searching for a spot to park our car to no avail, we randomly stumbled into the view. It was beautiful far away, one could only imagine how breathtaking it must have been close by. Breathtaking of course, since three years ago I had enjoyed the same view.
I’m back in Paris after three years. It’s a very unique experience this time around since the political climate is different, the people a little more cautious, and the culture undeniably filled with its usual bustle and heterogeneous people. The weather feels amazing compared to Texas weather, a stark contrast of breeze and fresh air.
Despite the recent shocking realization of the Panama Papers – documents that exposed how powerful individuals have corruptibly used bank accounts and companies to bury their wealth and avert taxes – Panama is contradictorily progressing in economic and social terms.
It’s time to forget any schoolwork, job related projects or any other daily activity you normally do, because summer has just arrived, and yes ladies, that means it’s time to start planning the perfect road trip.