Glimpses of Our Better Selves

Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: When I lived in Haiti, my sister and I went to school in Port au Prince, but we ached and longed for summer vacations in Mirebalais every year.  Ahh, summers of ripe mangos, chasing chickens in the farm, and eating all the candy before bed. Our grandparents spoiled us. We lived the good life. Though my grandma spoiled us, she had limits. Every time I got in trouble, she wouldn’t scream or shout, she would come over, get down to my level, and look at me and whisper “there’s a good woman somewhere in there– but …

Study Abroad Tips: How to Schedule Travels

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: I have not been in Chile for over two months, and I miss it more and more each day. The six months I spent in Chile were the busiest six months of my college experience. In six months, I visited four countries and about 15 different places and sights in Chile. I cannot begin to express how important self care self love is. Additionally, I have learned a great deal…

The Right Hostel Makes A Difference

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: A few months ago, my friends and I went to Uruguay – and we had a blast! I have stayed in my fair share of hostels over the years, but the excitement of traveling always gets to me and I always forget these crucial steps when picking out and staying in a hostel or an airbnb. Disclaimer: I vehemently prefer airbnbs   1. Location, Location, Location It is essential to pick a central location when traveling. In Montevideo, it was about a 30 minute drive from the airport, which was great, and the hostel was …

Chiloe!

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: Visiting Muelle de Las Armas, Chiloé Chile is one the narrowest countries in the world, stretching approximately the width of the United States. Fortunately, this skinny land is home to such diverse and distinct environments and atmospheres. One of my friends and I decided that it would be a wonderful experience to visit Chiloe! Chiloe is a small island in southern Chiloe famous for its awe-dropping brick churches and its rich religious history. One Thursday after class, we took the shuttle to the airport and got on a plane to see what …

Mate Tea, Dialects, and Free Walking in a Modern City

Categories: Best OfStoriesImage: Montevideo took my breath away. Even before we landed, I knew I would fall in love with Uruguay. A small country located at the bottom of Argentina, Uruguay is cornered by the breathtaking Cordillera mountain range on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the right. Flying over the Cordillera was simultaneously exhilarating and petrifying. Luckily, I got a window seat and got a great view of the curvy mountains frosted with a touch of snow…

Travel is Exhausting. Self Care, Self Love

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: There’s a saying that we use in our study abroad program whenever someone wants a break, and I’m sure you’ve heard of it: self care, self love. As in: self care IS self love. I’m 21 years old and I’m exhausted. But I also think I’m invincible, which can prove to be dangerous, given my insatiable desire to explore the world around me. In the past few years, I have been learning, re-learning, defining, and…

Travel Budgeting: Don’t Cry, Make A Plan

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: As kids, we never had to budget. And life was good. I started learning about budgeting when I became a fresh(wo)man in college. Initially, I was petrified of that word. I learned about bank accounts, food expenses, saving money (what little I had), and even balancing checkbooks. I started working two months after my 15th…

Dolphins, Penguins, and the Clearest Water You’ve Ever Seen, in Chile

Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: This past weekend was surreal! As part of our study abroad program, the program director invited us this past weekend to La Serena and Vicuna, a six-hour drive north of Santiago. I am so grateful that we took rest stops to stretch our legs, because I would have gone insane. Given that…

Five Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Machu Picchu had been on my Travel Bucket List for a few months. When I finally got the news that I would be studying abroad in Chile (a country that shares a border with Peru), I immediately asked to work extra shifts to pay for the trip there! (I am glad I did because it was not cheap.) The first week of orientation, while we had some time to discuss and plan …