10 Can’t-Miss Australia Destinations

“Getting to Australia requires a lot of patience – and a good neck pillow! The most common flight path is from LAX with a flight lasting up to 14 hours. However, once you land, there are tons of great places to live, study or just visit for the weekend! Here are some “can’t miss” places in Australia that most study abroad students explore…”

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I had to consult some of my Aussie expert friends to help me write this post, so head over to The Abroad Guide to see what we came up with!—–> 10 Places You Must Visit When Studying Abroad in Australia.

 

Living in the Land Down Under

“When you think of Australia, you probably also think of kangaroos, boomerangs and the outback. But, did you also know that the “Land Down Under” is home to beautiful beaches, government funded arts programs, and a plethora of outdoorsy adventures? If you’re looking to break the “Europe norm” with study abroad programs, travel halfway across the world, and experience everything from the Great Barrier Reef to the Sydney Opera House on one continent, consider spending some time in Australia. I’m sure you won’t regret it…”

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Check out my latest post on The Abroad Guide—–>  WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD IN AUSTRALIA

 

Have YOU ever traveled to Australia? Tell me about it in the comments!

Pin of the Week: How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks

[REPOST from March ’13 when I was first accepted to study abroad! How the time flies. #tbt]

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This week’s topic: How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks

Spring break 2013 allowed for plenty of time for browsing Pinterest and in celebration of people getting accepted to study abroad programs, this week’s Pin of the Week is “How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks”. Although you may be traveling for more than three weeks in somewhere other than Europe, this blog post I repinned from fellow PRSSA blogger Katie Lofblad offers great tips for traveling on a tight budget.

Top Tips for Traveling:

  • Pack Light– Trade traditional suitcases for bigger backpacks designed to maximize space.
  • Pack Smart– Bring only things you can mix and match. You will go shopping!
  • Research– Sure traveling abroad is supposed to have some spontaneity, but you’ll definitely appreciate knowing where you need to go when you need to go there.
  • Spend Money Well– Do a little price hunting so you won’t feel like you have to skip out on any sites on your Bucket List. The experiences will be worth having one less croissant or another London snow globe.
  • Best Souvenir: photos– Save money and use your own photos to make postcards instead of buying them!
  • Embrace Culture– Know some basic phrases in the native language and make an effort to understand and appreciate the local culture. You’ll get so much more out of the trip!
  • Write Everything Down– Whether you make a blog or keep a private journal, take a little time every day or week to write down the places you go, people you meet, and new foods you try.
  • Give Yourself Free Time– Don’t forget that some of life’s greatest moments are the ones we don’t plan for. Don’t be afraid to give yourself the afternoon off and explore a new place or have a relaxing picnic people watching.

If that doesn’t get you even more excited to travel abroad I don’t know what will. As long as you stay open to new experiences and are willing to try new things and stick to some of these tips, I’m sure you’ll have the semester or vacation of a lifetime!

Don’t forget to check out other posts on Steph’s travels blog to learn more tips for traveling abroad.

What are some of your packing/ traveling tips? Let me know in the comments!

Ditch the Digital: The Abroad Guide to Guidebooks

“With all the focus on apps, social media and smart phones (oh my!), don’t forget that using a traditional non-digital guide book (the kind written and published by travel experts as opposed to just user reviews) can be incredibly effective at planning and navigating any abroad adventure.

While of course using maps and smartphone apps are nearly essential to today’s traveler (I would probably still be wandering Amsterdam if it weren’t for the offline map app Stay), there are some benefits of using a traditional guidebook…”

Read the rest of my latest Abroad Guide post here—–>  DITCH THE DIGITAL: WHY YOU SHOULD USE A PRINT GUIDEBOOK WHEN TRAVELING

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

“After spending a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, I realized that there were several things I wish I had known before I departed the US. Part of the journey of going abroad is figuring out different things about yourself and the places you visit, but listed below are five major points to know before you go.”

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“Everyone travels for different reasons, and everyone has something to share and something to teach, including you.”

Check out my full article on The Abroad Guide here.——-> 5 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE STUDYING ABROAD

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BLOG WHILE STUDYING ABROAD

“Studying abroad means embarking on a journey that will take you to new places and help you reach new heights, both literally and figuratively. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, starting a study abroad blog is a creative and expressive way to catalogue your experiences and share your adventures with the world. Read on for the top 5 reasons to blog while studying abroad…

Like my blog about all my study abroad adventures? Read the reasons WHY I started blogging on my latest post for The Abroad Guide—–> 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BLOG WHILE STUDYING ABROAD

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Research, people. It’s all about the research.

While I was studying abroad last fall in Madrid I did plenty of “research” about the best party spots and this is what I came up with:

Madrid is one of the few places in the world that literally parties all night long. With several major clubs, hundreds of bars, and a passionate and social culture, it’s perfectly normal (and a common thing to do while studying abroad) to end your night on the town at the same time people are making the morning commute to work…

Check out the rest of this article on The Abroad Guide. ——->  THE ABROAD GUIDE TO PARTYING IN MADRID

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Have you visited any of these awesome places? Let me know in the comments!