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Banos, Ecuador

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of getting outdoors and spending time in nature. While we, for the most part, have been barred from restaurants, museums and galleries, the great outdoors has skyrocketed in popularity, providing a much-needed break from work-from-home life. Spending time outdoors and getting out of the city boosts both our mental and physical…

person standing in front of a German bar

Americans abroad don’t always have the nicest reputation with locals, especially at many of the most popular tourist destinations for U.S. travelers. This reputation can be boiled down to ethnocentrism, which people from the U.S. seem to feel more strongly than others. Judging other people’s cultures based on the standards of your own is where the American tourist stereotype has…

fireworks in Taiwan

We started off 2020 hopeful. We made big plans to travel, booked our flights and set our itineraries. And then everything changed. So how can we stay positive moving into a new year when we don't know when we'll be able to explore the world again? I'm choosing to dream big this year. This may not be the year for…

woman looking out at water

My first overseas trip was a 10-day jaunt to the UK in my third year of University. I went with a friend who was a few years older than me and, I assumed, wiser because she had already spent several months backpacking around Europe. Based on her recommendations, we planned an ambitious itinerary: a night in Newcastle, a night in…

epcot at disney world

International travel came grinding to a halt in 2020, crushing the vacation plans of people all over the world. Parents who’d been looking to experience new cultures with their kids were suddenly left marooned inside their own homes instead. With the inaccessibility of foreign soils, we’ve had to get creative with cultural immersion. The beauty of at-home travel is that…

two women working out together

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can derail even the most meticulous diet and exercise plan, especially if you’re traveling to another city or country to visit your family. You’ll have unexpected obligations, unfamiliar surroundings, and—if your family is anything like mine—giant holiday meals to contend with during those six festive weeks. However, if you go into the holidays…

budgeting with cash

Most people have had the unfortunate experience of postponing trips, canceling flights and putting adventures on hold for a while. No matter the reason, it’s never a good feeling when you can’t carry out your travel plans. But putting travel on hold can give you a great opportunity to start budgeting for future international excursions.  Imagine your dream vacation. Instead…

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