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AIFS Review of studying abroad in Saint Petersburg

Studying Abroad with AIFS in Saint Petersburg

During the Spring 2017 academic semester I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia with AIFS. Preparing to study abroad is a daunting task. Selecting the best organization is crucial for study abroad success. Studying abroad with AIFS pleasantly surprised me and I am happy to share my...

Russia packing list

Russia Bag Diaries

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through one of the links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only include products I love. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Packing for normal-length vacations is a stressful event. Packing for four months...

Nordhorn, Germany

Phase One Travel

Let’s explore something rarely endorsed in the travel industry — short-term travel. Some travelers scoff at the thought of spending only a few days in one destination; they want the full cultural experience and to discover off-the-beaten path locations. I consider myself a...

Is Iceland Overrated?

Is Iceland Overrated?

**UPDATE** I received a lot of feedback after posting and would like to add clarifications. I still love Iceland and recommend it to tourists. However, I believe Iceland has developed incredibly high expectations. High expectations are doomed to disappoint, as I experienced first-hand. I...

Tallinn Surprised Me

When considering top destinations in Europe, Tallinn certainly does not cross your mind. It should. Before setting off on my weekend in Helsinki and Tallinn, I suspected Helsinki would be the favorite and Tallinn a stop on the way. Helsinki did not meet expectations and Tallinn surpassed...

One Day in Helsinki

Hello strangers. In order to best enjoy my final weeks in Russia, I decided to take a break from blogging. Now I am back in the States and mostly settled in. Let’s pick up where we left off! As my semester in Russia approached its final weeks, our group set off for a long weekend in...