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High School Study Abroad FAQs

Most people are shocked to learn that I studied abroad as a high school student for an entire year. Nearly six years ago, I moved to Germany for my Junior year of high school. Studying abroad is not limited to college students! If you are interested in studying abroad, there is probably...

Finding the Northern Lights in Iceland

Are you ready to see the dancing Northern Lights in Iceland? The experience feels magical as you witness the universe’s power before your eyes. How do you get to this moment though? You can hunt for the Northern Lights in Iceland with a tour or DIY. Both are excellent options, but in this...

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...

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...