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Budgets Prevent Spring Break Bankruptcy

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Khushi Arya

February 27, 2020

Spring break is right around the corner and, as a college student, I understand that it might seem hard to make travel plans while on a tight budget — especially when the internet bombards you with unlimited options and information that add to the stress of planning your trip. However, in all my ye...

Catching The Wrong Bus Teaches Lessons

Catching The Wrong Bus Teaches Lessons

Ciara Sotomayor

February 27, 2020

I’m never going to use public transportation again.  The first time I boarded a city bus last semester was on a Wednesday morning before class. It was cold enough where I could no longer justify the windy, masochistic 25 minute walk from my host family’s apartment to the plaza where all of our cl...

Navigating New York City On A Budget

Navigating New York City On A Budget

Elena Lockland

February 20, 2020

With endless museums, luxury shopping and crave-worthy food, New York is a destination in a world of its own. With a plethora of year-round attractions for any sort of traveler, it is no wonder the Big Apple is the most visited city in the western hemisphere. This, of course, is what makes New York any tr...

Madrid Has Something For Everyone

Madrid Has Something For Everyone

Kate Tender

October 3, 2019

The last stop on our 22-day Spain adventure was Madrid. The city was lively and full of amazing art, architecture and food. There’s so much to do there; it was impossible to fit it all into one trip. Read More »...

Europe Offers Great Experiences

The newly-restored Trevi Fountain in Rome draws thousands of tourists. (Ellen Creager/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Jessica Schmidt

October 3, 2019

This summer I had the opportunity to visit Europe for the first time with my family. As one of our last trips together with all five of us, I knew I would always remember the 10 days we spent abroad, but the extraordinary sights we saw each day also made the days unforgettable. Each city and country p...

Barcelona Appeals To All Interests

Barcelona Appeals To All Interests

Kate Tender

September 12, 2019

The first stop on my Spain adventure this past summer was the beautiful city of Barcelona. Admittedly, my mom and I had some challenges (we got pick-pocketed and were very jet-lagged); however, I still thoroughly appreciated my time there. Read More »...

Spain Offers Hiking Opportunities

Spain Offers Hiking Opportunities

Kate Tender

August 29, 2019

About this time last year, my mother called me and asked if I wanted to backpack around Europe. Admittedly, I was surprised because she isn’t the adventurous type, but of course I readily agreed. This idea evolved into a three-week trip to Spain, where we would visit three different cities and the...

Black Mountain Has Loads To Offer

Black Mountain Has Loads To Offer

Kate Tender

April 25, 2019

Over Easter weekend, I went with some friends to Black Mountain, N.C., This was my first time visiting Black Mountain, but it was only 15-20 minutes from Asheville, N.C. We stayed at my friend’s grandparents’ house with her mom and her mom’s friend. While the downtown was small, it felt like a coz...

Hilton Head Leaves Visitors Refreshed

Hilton Head Leaves Visitors Refreshed

Kate Tender

March 28, 2019

Over this past spring break, my friends and I took a 5-hour road trip down to Hilton Head, S.C. We booked an Airbnb in a condo complex that was about a 10-minute walk to the beach. Hopefully if you ever find yourself in Hilton Head, this will help give you budget-friendly options of activities to do a...

I Went To New York; Now Call Me Blair Waldorf

I Went To New York; Now Call Me Blair Waldorf

Catherine Regen

February 21, 2019

There are moments in life, on occasion, where a serendipitous series of coincidences will lead to a spontaneous trip to New York. For me, it was a miraculous reprieve in my coursework, a friend who currently lives in California would also be in the city, said friend’s grandfather’s apartment wouldn...

Banff Is Filled With Breathtaking Scenery

Banff Is Filled With Breathtaking Scenery

Kate Tender

October 4, 2018

This past summer, my friend and I planned a spontaneous backpacking trip to Banff, Canada. We left on a Thursday morning, planning to return Sunday, and drove seven hours to our destination. Even on the drive, I was mesmerized by Canada’s beauty; I had never seen anything like it. Read More »...

Make An Adventure Out Of Your Time Abroad

Make An Adventure Out Of Your Time Abroad

Nicole Loffredo

September 20, 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark. The first stop on my semester-long adventure through Europe. Why Copenhagen as my first stop? Well, I picked this northern European city for two reasons: 1. To visit friends studying there and 2. To see Denmark before the frigid winter sets in. And judging by the 50-degree temperatures ...

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