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Traveling Abroad in India: Say Yes to Trains!

I slept on the top bunk in the sleeping car of a passenger train bound for Varanasi, India, an ancient city on the banks of the Ganges in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. My friend slept below me on the lower bunk. Something had woken me up in the middle of the night, a movement near my feet, and as my eyes adjusted to the dim lighting I made out two huddled figures at the end of my bunk; two women wrapped in saris sharing the tiny space with...

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Internships in Sweden

Sweden’s population of 9.4 million holds the longest life expectancy of all European nations but it also has the largest number of McDonalds per capita in all of Europe! This Nordic country is located on the Scandinavian Peninsula and has a renowned reputation for its multicultural society. The capital city of Stockholm has about 2.1 million people living in it, a large portion of which are foreigners coming to study in Sweden.    ...

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Things to Know About Bartending in Australia

One of the easiest jobs to find when working abroad in Australia is bartending. Luckily for those of us looking for jobs, Australia is one of the easiest places to learn to bartend because of the laws in place to curb dangerous drinking. Jobs can be found in every city in Australia and the Outback pubs are always looking for employees. But there are a few things you'll need to know before finding your place behind the bar.   What You Need Be...

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10 tips to have you fitting in like a local in Paris

Visiting Paris? Or perhaps you’re intending to spend a little more time than a cursory few days in the City of Lights? Would you like to delve beneath the surface, and discover the behaviours, habits, and customs that will have you fitting in like a local? From the etiquette of baguette-buying; to navigating the city like a pro; people-watching in the sidewalk cafe’s; to pedalling the streets on the popular Vélib bike-share system, this article w...

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Studying Spanish in Colombia

Overview of Colombia Colombia has an unfair reputation. Although the gang activity, drugs and ‘la violencia’ (the violence) dissipated years ago, many tourists still leave Colombia off their travel list because they think it’s too dangerous. They couldn't be farther from the truth. While travelling through South America for eighteen months, I found myself returning again and again to Colombia; for the people, the landscapes, the beaches...

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Internships in Cyprus

The stunning eastern Mediterranean gem of the Republic of Cyprus has a reputation for spectacular dive spots, perfect weather, and the unique diversity between Turkish and Greek cultures. Cyprus is located below Turkey and east of Greece, and 36% in the north of the island dominated by the Turkish while the rest is owned by the Republic of Cyprus. The official language of Cyprus is Greek, though a large percentage of the population of 1 mill...

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Traveling Abroad in Bali: Off the Beaches

Bali, the surfer’s dreamland and Aussie get-away of Indonesia, is an international destination that draws thousands of travelers every year. Each island in the chain that makes up this expansive country has a distinct culture and ethnic background and Bali is a fine example. The language, food, holidays, and traditions of the Balinese developed independently from the neighboring islands, which gives this little piece of paradise an undeniable app...

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Conscious Shark Eco-Tourism While Traveling Abroad

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has been on air for 26 years, airing mid-summer with millions of viewers tuning in to see the latest footage of Great White Sharks breaching the South African waters as they swallow seals between their gleaming teeth-filled jaws. The general consensus these days is that sharks are bloodthirsty killing machines that are increasingly hunting down humans, but in reality we are the ones who should be feared.  There...

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Internships in Malta 

Malta is an archipelago, comprised of seven islands, with its three largest and most inhabited islands known as Malta, Gozo and Comino. It is one of the worlds smallest, yet most densely populated countries, with a population of about 400,000, of which about 150,000 are foreigners, and only about 6,500 living in the capital city of Valletta. Before Malta won its independence in 1964, various nations from around the Mediterranean influenced Maltes...

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The Complete Guide to an Internship in Paris

Whether it be to work, study or intern abroad, Paris has got to be one of the most popular destinations. And with good reason, the City of Lights has plenty to offer: a colourful history, a booming arts scene, architectural beauty and gastronomic delights around every corner. That however results in it coming at a price, both literally and figuratively, as prices and competition for internships are at a meteoric high, meaning they are hard t...

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