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Studying Abroad in California

Do the famous movies and songs that come out of the West Coast of the United States have you California Dreamin’? Has the United States’ most populous state infiltrated your interests? If you’re thinking of studying abroad in the United States, there’s no better state to experience than California. From arid deserts, to lush forests, snowy mountains, coastal cities and all kinds of varied cultures, California truly has it all.     ...

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A Lone Ranger: Pros and Cons of Travelling Alone

Remember the fear of sitting alone at lunch in middle school haunted you on the first day at a new school? Who will I talk to? Who can I belong with and feel safe with? Who can I explore and share memories with?   Hopefully you learned through your middle school lunch experience that finding a new table to sit with meant a whole new group of friends and all the valuable qualities that each of them contributed to your life. Would you have met...

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10 Awesome Things to Do in the American West

The Western part of the United States isn’t known as the Wild West for nothing. Initially serving as the land of promise for settlers moving from the midwest, followed by the California gold rush, to the Silicon Valley center of innovation, and the melting pot of Hispanic and Asian cultures of today, the west coast is teeming with brilliant minds, beautiful locales, and incredibly varied cultural traditions. There are both massive citie...

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10 Places to Visit in Thailand

There is the idyllic image of Thailand people have. Perhaps you know the one I am talking about? The long tail boats seemingly levitating above crystal clear water and a bed of white sand, surrounded by lush, tree-covered islands jutting, stabbing out of the water and reaching up towards the blue sky above. But, that is just one image of Thailand. One idea that travelers visiting the Land of Smiles can expect. So, gorgeous landscapes and dre...

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Stages of Culture Shock

Whether this is your first time leaving your home country or your twentieth, there is a high chance that you will experience culture shock. Culture shock is the feeling you get when you start to feel frustrated or irritated by all the strangeness of the new country and culture that surrounds you. Contrary to what is implied by the name, culture shock usually does not happen right away. Sure, you will likely be amazed, confused, or excited by...

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Marine Wildlife Volunteering: In the Philippines with Whale Sharks

The ocean is a magnificent world that continues to mystify us with its power, its depth and the creatures living within it exude a unique grace, strength and beauty. When the truth that being a mermaid or merman wasn't going to happen, getting involved in marine biology is the next best thing.  Opportunities can be found if you look in the right places, but it helps to know what you're interested in and where you want to pursue this line of ...

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10 Awesome Things to See in the American South

The American south (also known as “Dixie”) is made up of several states located in the continent’s southeastern quadrant. Though definitions of exactly which states fit vary, one thing is for sure: the food, culture, and environment for those looking to study or work abroad is rich and inviting. The area is known for its unique culture, delicious cuisine, and inventive musical style. Southern ethnic heritage is rich and diverse, incorpo...

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Keeping Your Parents Calm While You’re On the Road

They birthed you, they raised you, and now they’ve waved goodbye as you fly off into the world. Now you’re out and about having immaculate adventures and chances are they’re at home agonizing about whether you’re eating enough, if you’re meeting nice friends, if you’ve spent all your money on beer, and of course if you’re safe. They’ve sent you emails, letters, care packages, and maybe even tried to coordinate a visit because they miss you so muc...

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The 10 Commandments of Reverse Culture Shock

Leaving the comfort and safety of a place we call home can be intimidating with the prospects of unknown cultures, foreign food and strangers, but it’s not long before we adapt to our new lifestyle and flourish. What many travellers fail to credit is the culture shock of coming home. The sparkle of seeing friends, visiting your old hangout spots and eating at your favourite restaurant is enough to distract you at first but you’ll soon realiz...

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Studying Abroad in England

Are you interested in studying abroad in a country where you already speak the native language, but still want to be immersed in a completely different culture? Do you want to have the option to attend prestigious universities while living in a country with a rich history? England might be the perfect place for you!     England at a Glance: Domestic population: 53.01 million (2011) Capital city: London Official Language: ...

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