Travel Gear I Love (Right Now)

July 10, 2017By Kendal KarstensTravel Tips

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. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Is anyone else celebrating Christmas in July? My summer consisted of too many hours comparing travel product reviews. I argue living another half-year deserves a … Read More

Studying Abroad with AIFS in Saint Petersburg

June 30, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia, Student

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 experience studying abroad in Saint Petersburg and studying … Read More

20 Thoughts On My 20th Birthday

June 26, 2017By Kendal KarstensReflections

Sunday I celebrated my twentieth birthday. Waving good-bye to the teenage angst years is certainly a feat to celebrate. Ringing in a new decade is an accomplishment, but thinking about the next decade fill me with anxiety. In the next ten years I will graduate college, begin a career (maybe two!), move into my first apartment, pay my … Read More

Phase One Travel

June 19, 2017By Kendal KarstensTravel Tips

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 traveler who seeks culture-filled travels and am a firm advocate of short-term … Read More

10 Local Experiences in Saint Petersburg

June 16, 2017By Kendal KarstensRussia

You made it to the Hermitage and watched a classic ballet. Now what? As travelers do, you may be wondering how to do what the locals do. Here are 10 not-to-miss local experiences in Saint Petersburg, in no particular order. Cheer on SKA. Ice hockey and Russia are nearly one and the same. SKA, which stands for Sports … Read More