11 Lessons Learned While Studying Abroad

When discussing time spent abroad, phrases like “life changing” seem to get thrown around a lot. I knew when I boarded my flight that I was about to embark on a transformative journey, but I didn’t realize just how much of an impact my time abroad would have on me.

I’ve tried to pinpoint just a few of the lessons learned while I was abroad, but the amount of change I experienced is truly indescribable. Continue reading “11 Lessons Learned While Studying Abroad”

72 Hours in Russia

Typically, entering Russia as an American citizen requires that you apply and pay for a visa, a process that can be very expensive and take months to complete.

Thankfully, there’s a loophole that allows foreigners 72 hours of visa-free travel in Saint Petersburg if they arrive by ferry and have a guided tour, a return trip, and hotel or hostel booked. Continue reading “72 Hours in Russia”

Plans Will Change — Embrace It!

I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for about two months now, and I’m revisiting it at a time when I personally need to take my own advice. Hopefully, other travelers out there can benefit from this as well.

No matter how many alarms you set or how many times you check that boarding pass, it’s inevitable that your plans, at some point, will fall through. This happened to me multiple times this semester, but ultimately, some of my favorite moments happened as the result of previous failures. Continue reading “Plans Will Change — Embrace It!”

15 Apps and Websites to Help you Survive your Experience Abroad


1. Offline dictionary

I’d say this has been even more important than Google Translate for me this semester. Hungarian is a very tough language to learn. It doesn’t share common roots with any other popular languages. I downloaded an English-Hungarian dictionary app that I could use offline. That helped immensely when I was without Internet and tried to see if what I was purchasing was yogurt or sour cream. Continue reading “15 Apps and Websites to Help you Survive your Experience Abroad”

Photo Blog: Spring Break in Italy

After a few months in landlocked Hungary, I was craving a bit of time at the sea, a new culture and some delicious cuisine. Two friends and I decided that Italy seemed like the perfect place to spend our spring break, so we booked some cheap flights and set off.

For the first five days, we stayed at a cozy bed and breakfast in Meta, a quaint town right outside of Sorrento, in the south of Italy. From there, we traveled by train to Cinque Terre, a string of five villages along the coastline.

Continue reading “Photo Blog: Spring Break in Italy”

A Day in Plitvice Lakes National Park

One of the primary reasons I chose to study in Hungary was to allow myself the opportunity to travel to the eight countries that share a border with this nation. I was craving a change of scenery after a long week of midterms, so I decided to hop on a train to Croatia, where the seafood and beautiful views are abundant. I stuffed a change of clothes into my backpack and headed off for a relaxing weekend. Continue reading “A Day in Plitvice Lakes National Park”

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