Round Trip Roundup: JULY

Sorry for the wakeup call, but the end of summer is upon us!  Living abroad in France has been nothing short of an adventure, and I know the lessons I'm learning are ones I'll hold close to my heart for years to come.  I'd like to take some time to recap my top 5 from [...]


7 Things to Do in Montpellier, France

Over 24,000 steps and five hours of travel time later, I can say I’ve experienced the charming city of Montpellier in the south of France.  Although it was only a day trip, the city’s beauty captivated me in the few hours I visited.  Here are 7 things to do in Montpellier, France: 1. Promenade du [...]

Inside the Life of an Au Pair in Europe

Traveling abroad often costs a pretty penny, but several women found their way around that hurdle.  Becoming an au pair opens a door into another culture, and it includes a paycheck.  (Now we're talking!) Abano, Italy made sense for Kasey Ervin after enjoying her family vacation to the country several years before as well as [...]

My Weekend in a French Castle

I couldn’t even have dreamed it.  I have big plans for my life: to see the world, to make a difference in my community, to be bilingual.  But never in my wildest dreams did I conceive of spending the night in a castle.  Too far out.  Too expensive.  C’est trop.  Cultural immersion isn’t always easy, [...]

10 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Layover

Paradise awaits but oftentimes with an emphasis on the wait.  While layovers may not be the most convenient, you can use this time to your advantage.  And before you know it, you’ll be off to your exotic destination!  Here are 10 ways you can make the most of your layover: Clean out your phone. You [...]

The Toxicity of Comparison

“Soon, very soon,” I’d tell myself every time I’d scroll through Instagram.  Friends studying abroad posted glamorous photos of their travels in places all over the world from England to Greece.  My cluttered desk with a plastic bag of dirt underneath (don’t ask) along with stray Cheerios that hadn’t made it to the trash can [...]

A Weekend in the French Pyrénées

“Let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the south of France.”  Ingrid Michaelson sure knew what she was talking about in her song "You and I" because the south of France is absolutely stunning.  (But sorry, Mom and Dad, because I’m buying a house for myself in the south of France before I [...]