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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Tips for travel hygiene

Why I stopped washing my hair

Travel hygiene

I stopped using shampoo and conditioner for a while when I was studying abroad and then permanently on my most recent trip to the UK. Over time, the “water-only” method trains your hair to produce less oil and stay clean longer. I already wanted to try it, and traveling provided a good opportunity because I was spending extended time alone; I wanted to be more flexible with where and when I showered as I bounced around to new towns and hostels almost every day; and my top priority was packing light.

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