Morocco: Learn From My Packing Mistakes

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way I packed for Morocco. All of the essentials made it in the bag, and—by some miracle—my suitcase wasn’t overweight! Next time around though, there some things I would change. Here’s what I regret most about the way I packed for my eight weeks in Morocco: Not Packing a…

Morocco: One Weekend, One Backpack

For a weekend in the beach town of Asilah, packing extra light was my goal. I wanted to make use of a little backpack from Fez instead of my standard one, but I’m an over-packer and over-preparer so it was a challenge. Here are five tips for smarter, lighter packing: Pack with Friends My roommate…

So You Want to Go to France

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of meandering through the streets of la Ville Lumière while nibbling on a baguette, people watching while I sipped tea in an outdoor café in rural France, and meeting the love of my life in the Musée d’Orsay in front of a Van Gogh painting. While my…

Riley: Chile

HOLA AMIGOS So I have been living in Viña Del Mar, Chile for about 2 weeks now.  I started classes on Wednesday in Valparaíso at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.  So here’s some background information to let you know a little bit more about my situation: I am a graduate student, earning my Masters degree…

What I Learned During My First Week In Scotland

For those of you that don’t know, I left for my semester at the University of Stirling on Friday, January 9th. There’s a lot to be said and not enough space to say it so I’m going to try to break down my thoughts by things I learned during my first week in Scotland. Never…

Houston, We Have a Problem

Until 2pm yesterday I had fully intended to skip the ‘packing’ entry. Every travel blog I’ve ever read (and that’s a lot) has had a packing entry, and they all say the same thing. “Start packing as early as possible and keep lists to prevent forgetfulness, research what familiar products might not be available in…

Study Abroad 101

Well, it’s finally about that time. My finals are just around the corner and by this time next week I’ll officially be finished with my study abroad semester and spending 2 more weeks traveling around Europe before coming back to the States. With that being said, I’ve thought a lot about what to tell people…

UK: Up, Up, and Away

Today is the day. FINALLY. I am Scotland bound. Bring it on, bagpipes. I’m ready. First- let’s talk about packing. Some people will tell you that it’s “oh so easy” to pack 4-5 months of your life in 1 or 2 suitcases with a 50 pound limit each. These people can be put into two…