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My Top 7 Travel Apps

Take it from someone who’s missed enough flights, gotten hopelessly lost at unspeakable hours of morning, and accidentally told a TSA Agent he was “a cutie” in Spanish… I’ve made all of those harsh mistakes for you, so you can go forth and live your truth with hopefully a few less logistical blunders. Having spent […]

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Athens, Greece: A Bleak Awakening

Athens was cold and unwelcoming. If history was what I expected to experience, it was burrowed beneath piles of clothing, oil lamps, half-colored children’s books on the sidewalk, and a sour smell that hung in the air. Perhaps this is my jet lag talking, but the trains did not run, the lockers at the station […]

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Rome, Italy

From spending Halloween wandering side-streets of Florence with a gelato larger than my face, my next destination was Rome. Jill and I had planned to meet up but we hardly knew what this city had in store for us. After a rendezvous at our AirBnB we caught the bus to the Altare della Patria: We kicked off our “what […]

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Florence, Italy

The biggest favor you can do for yourself when exploring the world is to interact with other travelers. And the easiest way to do this, I can say from experience, is to stay in hostels. It’s no secret that budget traveling often means less than luxurious accommodation, and certainly that’s something other travelers enjoy complaining about–hence a great way […]

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Venice, Italy

Spending the night in sketchy discount hostels is a large part of the student travel experience. Some offer a luxurious “free breakfast,” which usually ranges from white bread to cellophane-wrapped, chocolate-filled croissants, and an assortment of jams and butters, if you’re lucky. My Venice experience was in one of these less-than-three-star accommodations and as a solo female […]

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Tenerife, Spain

An Island off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is a typical travel spot for German and English vacationers in winter. Since the climate remains on average between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s essentially the European equivalent of the Bahamas. I was traveling, for the first time, with a friend! Molly and I are both Americans in Madrid, […]

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Edinburgh, Scotland

I had the pleasure of traveling to a new city to visit an old friend.  Nina and I hadn’t seen each other in maybe ten years but when we discovered we were both studying in Europe, it was the perfect excuse to reunite. Her apartment was truly Pinterest-worthy, and she even introduced me to her friend, Scarlett, who […]

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Dublin, Ireland

I made a bucket list of all the Irish sites I was looking forward to visiting, and tried to see as much as possible.

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Four Cities, One Day: Manchester and Other Misadventures

It’s 8:35 p.m. and I am standing at the Ryanair ticket booth in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport Terminal 1. I have missed my flight to Dublin. In this moment, I was living the traveler’s nightmare. Realizing that no one was here to help me through this crisis, I had to figure out what to […]

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