What do I do when my travel buddy has a different travel style?

Everyone travels differently. Some people like pounding the pavement, perusing museums, and tracking down attractions. Others prefer relaxing and shopping, and still others like experiencing a place from a local’s point of view by exploring parks and eateries. Maybe you are a mix of all three or none of the above. Whatever your travel style, you’re very lucky if you find yourself with a travel buddy who has the exact same one. And sometimes unexpected differences can cause conflict while traveling. Here are some suggestions for navigating travel style differences so everyone involved can have a good experience. Read More

I want to travel, but I'm stuck at home: Suggestions to help

Mental Health Mondays: I want to travel, but I’m stuck at home!

When I was studying abroad last spring, I got used to hopping on a bus and wandering all over England. My days were filled with hiking, exploring, and adventures. And when I got home and started working full-time right away, it was kind of a rude awakening.

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What do I need to buy for study abroad?

What do I need to buy for study abroad?

When you’re preparing for a semester abroad, it’s easy to get stressed out or carried away over your shopping list. Everywhere I looked online was recommending that I buy lots of expensive travel supplies, and my budget just wouldn’t support it. Here’s my breakdown of the things I ended up buying (or not) for my study abroad program, and whether I think the purchase would be worthwhile for you.

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How to travel on a budget

How to travel on a budget

Low on cash? I know the feeling! This spring I’ve been working on paying off my car and medical bills, but I’m getting a little stir crazy since that has meant No Travel for a while.

If you’re in the same boat, here are some suggestions for satisfying the travel bug while still being kind to your bank account.

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How to make a complicated travel itinerary without going crazy

After exams ended during my semester abroad, a few friends and I set out on a speedy tour of the English Peak and Lake Districts. They had made most of the plans, so I just tagged along. We never stayed too long in one town; we bounced around to different cities every other day in order to squeeze everything we wanted to see into the space of a week. The many train and bus rides and hotel check-ins and hauling all our luggage around with us got a little chaotic at times, but I loved the nomadic feeling of waking up to an unfamiliar landscape every morning, long journeys through the countryside, and seeing so much in a small amount of time.

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