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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip with Golden Tours

My first grand adventure in London wasn’t even in London. Instead, I visited Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath with Golden Tours. I found it slightly difficult to arrive at the coach station since I had no bearing in the city yet. Londoners pointed me in the correct direction...

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London Pass review: How It Works, What to See & More

I discovered the London Pass while reading another London Pass review, but questioned the pass’ ability to save me money since many London attractions offer a student discount. After several hours of calculations under hundreds of possible scenarios, I purchased the London Pass but...

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London Confuses Me

Arriving in London was exhilarating. After nearly two years without international travel, but saving fiercely for it, I was in a new country and fulfilling my goal of solo travel. Hard work was finally paying off. After a few days, though, things took a turn for the worse. I found myself...

Guide to Visiting NYC on a Budget

New York City is famous for fashion, business, theatre, food, art, museums, and pretty much everything else under the sun. After six visits to the Big Apple, I still haven’t touched the surface. The possibilities are endless in the city that never sleeps. Uncovering everything here...

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Tour Tips You Should Travel With

My original plan for this post was to write a guide to hiking Mount Blanc in France, but now I feel obligated to write tour tips. This trek is frequently rated as a dream trail and one of the best hikes in the world, but I only learned this two years after my own experience on the trail...

Why Study Abroad?

Our interview was going well. I had quick answers to every question. Sol, the other exchange student from Argentina, and I were enjoying our time with the reporter; we easily bounced off each other, adding more details and anecdotes to our stories. I had an answer to every question…until...

I Almost Overcame My Fears While Skiing in Austria

Exchange students go to school, but we also like to look for opportunities to not be a student. The most stunning and challenging trip during my exchange year was skiing in Austria. A total of 40 exchange students, including myself, skipped school for a week to ski on Großglockner, the...

How to Avoid Milan’s Pigeon Scam

Jump Ahead Prior WarningMilan’s Pigeon ScamWe Were ScammedLessons Learned Prior Warning “Remember–-walk in the middle of sidewalks, and don’t hold the pigeons.” My tour guide in Milan shared this warning with us before parting. Half of the group, those lingering in the back and...

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The Best High School Study Abroad Program

Are you, or do you know, a high school student who loves to travel and experience other cultures? Or maybe needs a long getaway to truly discover who they are before making big life decisions like career and job? Nearly six years ago, I moved to Germany for my junior year of high school...

Driving the Golden Circle in Winter

When my parents decided to take our first family vacation in several years, I told them to pick a destination and I would plan the rest. They picked Iceland to see the Northern Lights, but assumed we would play cards in the hotel the rest of the time. “It’ll be too dark to see...