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Mindful Traveling

I began practicing meditation about a month before I moved to Spain. Before that, my mind would race at night with one to-do list after another. I can’t forget to pack that one jacket. What’s it going to be like in Ibiza? I wonder if I’ll make friends easily there…...

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Why Travel?

Travel is not only an interpersonal journey where you learn about yourself and open your eyes to new experiences and cultures, but it’s also a way for the world to become more accepting. When you make effort to understand others’ lives & cultures, you begin to see...

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Moving Abroad Soon? This Should Help.

The lead up to moving abroad seems like the most overwhelming process, but what about when you’ve arrived in your new home? What’s next? The first couple of weeks after moving are essential to quickly feeling settled into your new life abroad. Here’s some advice I’ve...

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Running Away from the Real World

Society tells us the most acceptable way to do things. That’s why you see a long line of women waiting to use the restroom instead of just going into the empty men’s room. Society tells us what is “normal” and what is not. As an American, I’ve grown up with this...

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Living a Transient Life

Over the last four years, I’ve lived or studied in ten different cities, some short term while others were months at a time. Recently it’s been six months in D.C., four months back home, and a couple years in Spain. On the surface level, this is what a transient life...

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10 Reverse Culture Shock Remedies

So there’s this thing called reverse culture shock, and it really sucks.  Reverse culture shock is the process of re-adjusting to life back home after studying,living, or traveling abroad.   Before a trip abroad, we’re so busy planning and packing to even think about...

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Belgium: the Land of Consonants and Waffles

I could handle a couple hours of discomfort for an 85-euro flight across Europe, which was the basis of our decision as we boarded the old plane with bright orange advertisements across the side. We were packed into a Ryanair flight with a couple hundred other frugal...

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