Shine: When the Lights Go Down in the City…

There’s something magical about a city when the sun goes down and nightlife begins. Every city reveals a new charm, new characters, and new opportunities to experience the local culture. Coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, nighttime often meant that commuters had made it through the LA traffic to their track homes and were…

10 Necessities for your Summer Backpacking Trip

Are you embarking on a life-changing trip to Europe this summer? Perhaps you’ve bought a one way ticket to a random country and are waiting to see where it’ll lead you. Either way, here are some tips to help you plan and pack light for your next big trip! 1. A sturdy pair of shoes:…

The Traveling Introvert

Traveling as an introvert can be difficult. When you travel, you are often surrounded by people- in tourist locations, in hostels, in  restaurants and bars… However, there is no need to stay behind or exhaust your vacation time. Here are a few tips to help all the introverts out there make the most of their vacations!…

San Sebastian: Playas y Pintxos

Pintxos, beaches, lush green rolling hills, and the land of the oldest language in Europe… Donostia was truly a splendor for a weekend trip… This weekend trip started with a bright and early 4:30 AM bus  ride to catch the first metro to the Barcelona airport from my tiny Gracia apartment. As painful as these early morning…

Girona: Temps de Flors

Temps de Flors- an enchanting festival where an old Romanesque Catalonian town (featured in Season 6 of Game of Thrones!) turns into a wonderland of colors with flowers around every turn, decorating every balcony, and livening through every patio. This week is Temps de Flors in Girona, a town about a 30 minutes train ride…

10 things you don’t think are weird when you’re traveling….

Because let’s be real- traveling for long periods of time make us adapt to a “new normal” 1. Sharing a room with 5 to 40 other strangers When it comes to saving money while traveling, those large and cheap hostel rooms become even more appealing. Maybe you’ll be stuck with high schoolers on a school…

Abroad Series Part 4: Floundering in Florence

If there’s anything that traveling around Firenze and Roma taught me it’s that: 1) Always check hostel ratings because sometimes you think you’ll get a good deal, but then you show up and realize the only thing you could possibly get is bed bugs and then freak out because you have no where to sleep…

Table for One: Why we should all eat alone

It’s Saturday and you’re ready for a delicious, life-changing meal. Your housework is done, you’ve done your reading and you have the whole day to yourself to explore your town. Remember that that one restaurant you’ve always wanted to try for lunch but never got around to eating there because you’re always busy? Well, now it’s…

Why Learning a New Language is the Best Investment for Yourself

After living in the beautiful bilingual city of Barcelona, I became obsessed with languages. From trying to understand Catalan in my law classes to reading Spanish texts on history, art, and literature in my philology classes, my brain exploded with new words from both the Catalan and Spanish languages. But the biggest thing that I learned…

Get Lost.

I have been lost. In more ways than one, really- physically, figuratively, metaphorically, in a city that I’ve never been to before while it’s late at night and I’m by myself and there’s no taxis on the street to take me home… in the post-grad life where I have no idea what I’m doing…You get…

The hardest part about studying abroad: Returning home

A lot of people talk about how hard it is to move, go abroad and leave your home. And of course, it is difficult. But people focus so much moving abroad, they never really focus on how hard it is to return home, after a crazy, life changing trip or living experience in a different culture. And that’s…

Why Traveling Solo as a Female Isn’t the Scariest Thing in the World

A couple nights ago, I had a friend come to me with a dilemma: She had a free ticket to Europe for two and a half months through her uncle’s expiring airlines miles. She wouldn’t be in school, wouldn’t start her job for six months and basically has nothing to do in between her graduating early and entering…