Travel Stories

It Happened One Night

A month long trip to Brazil’s northern Amazon was just what I needed to get over a broken heart. I thought a break from the university where I taught would refresh my mind and allow me to see that there were more options than giving up and going home. I took a bus north for... Read More »

Unbeatable Freedom

Hi! My name is Angela. I’m a 23 year old college graduate who just got back from Europe after backpacking for 5 months on my own. THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE!!! Unbeatable freedom. At first I was a little hesitant about going alone, but I took a chance and found it to be... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 8

After five straight days of tireless traveling and nonstop sightseeing through the British countryside, we finally arrived in Edinburgh where we would have two full days to relax and do whatever we wanted. It was like we had been in school all week and now it was the weekend! I was pretty much at maximum... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 7

One week is not a lot of time to get to know 22 other backpackers, but I made an attempt to have at least one conversation with each person on my bus tour through the UK. I’m pretty sure I succeeded, even though the conversation I had with Jen, a girl from Taiwan who spoke... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 6

The great lecturer and literary genius Mark Twain once said, “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” And while I myself was traveling alone throughout Europe, I found his words to be very true for quite a... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 5

After spending a week or so in London, it was time for me to get out of the city. I opted to travel through the countryside of England, Scotland, and Wales on a semi-organized bus tour with 22 other backpackers consisting of 7 Americans, 7 Australians, 4 New Zealanders, 3 Canadians, 1 Brit, and a... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 4

At a time when most Americans were canceling their European vacation plans due to increased travel warnings by the government, I was more excited than ever that I was about to embark on mine. What was there to fear? Was I to believe that al-qaeda operatives would be lurking around every corner just waiting to... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 3

Spending too much time in London, or anywhere in the UK for that matter, can seriously put a dent in your traveling funds if you are on a tight budget. But it was my first week overseas and worrying about money was the last thing on my mind. It wasn’t until about two weeks into... Read More »

A Travelers Journey- Lessons Learned Abroad Vol 2 (in Europe)

The very first person I met when I arrived in London on my three month backpacking trip was one of my roommates at St. Christophers Inn. Jason was from Guelph, Canada and we hit it off immediately. He was the first Canadian I had ever met who totally lived up to the stereotype set forth... Read More »

Finding Unique Beauty In Paris

ing in Paris for almost a month, I had already explored many of the arrondissements. One of my days found me traveling north to the upper sections of the city. I began as I began many of my journeys, taking the Metro until I arrived at Barbes Rochechouart into the heart of Monmartre. Tourists already... Read More »

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