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Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

Western Europe gets a lot of hype—as it should.  Western Europe is home to stunning places from big, bustling London, England to small, charming Najac, France.  But it's a big continent, and there's so much more that meets the eye than on social media.  I remember receiving an email, asking me if I'd like to… Continue reading Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

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An Afternoon in Najac, France

“There goes the baker with his tray like always...” I could almost hear Belle singing as I walked through the castle town of Najac; I’m convinced Beauty and the Beast was inspired by this idyllic French village (although there is some debate).  Also one of the most beautiful villages in France, Najac is sure to… Continue reading An Afternoon in Najac, France

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Soul Searching on the Road: a Journey to the West Coast

With her teddy bear, her boyfriend and some photos, she left home and wouldn’t return for over five months.  After a difficult year of panic attacks and a loss of motivation, Guinevere Sheafer knew she needed to stop her college studies to prioritize her mental health. “While I met some influential people and learned quite… Continue reading Soul Searching on the Road: a Journey to the West Coast

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5 Ways to Fight Homesickness

I never thought I’d be the type to get homesick.  I’ve never been a homebody and have a huge love for travel.  When I left for college, I loudly announced my joy to all of my Snapchat followers that my parents were O-U-T-T-A here!  Anticipating a summer abroad, I didn’t think three months across the… Continue reading 5 Ways to Fight Homesickness

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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… Continue reading 7 Things to Do in Montpellier, France

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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… Continue reading Inside the Life of an Au Pair in Europe

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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… Continue reading 10 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Layover

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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… Continue reading The Toxicity of Comparison

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Why Living Abroad Isn’t Perfect

A summer in France?  Ugh, I’m so jealous!  You’re going to have so much fun!  My summer is so boring compared to yours!  Yes, I’m #blessed to be spending three months in such a beautiful country with a rich culture, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it’s not perfect. I… Continue reading Why Living Abroad Isn’t Perfect

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How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

The expat life looks glamorous with its exotic culture and foreign foods, but there’s something to say for familiarity and known.  Living abroad may include a host of new experiences and exciting adventures, but it’s important to create a “homey” space in your apartment or house while living abroad for any amount of time. 1.… Continue reading How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad