23 Aveiro, Portugal Pictures That Will Make You Book a Plane Ticket

Moliceiro boats and palm trees in Aveiro, Portugal

I had literally never heard of Aveiro, Portugal before starting to research places to visit in Portugal. But then it kept popping up on lists of day trips from Porto, and, drawn in by the nickname the “Venice of Portugal” and the gorgeous Aveiro, Portugal pictures, I knew I was going to have to visit. It turned out that Aveiro was anything BUT the “Venice of Portugal”. Sure, there are the canals and the boats, but where Venice is packed and well-trodden, Aveiro was almost completely empty and held a palpable sense that there was so much left to be explored. And explore I did. Rather than...

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You’re Allowed To Be Sad When You Travel: Porto Edition

A view of the tops of buildings in Porto, Portugal

I arrived in Porto, Portugal only a few minutes before 11 PM on the first night of my spring break. There I was greeted by a cheery man and the fanciest shared shuttle service of all time: a leather-seated sedan I had all to myself. I guess my flight was late enough that no one else wanted to share. And at only €8 direct from the airport to my hostel, there was no way I was going to complain about the circumstances. But it was dark and I was alone with a strange man in a country I had never been to before. To say that I was uncomfortable would be a severe understatement. Maybe a few extra...

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How I Became the Queen of the Hills with We Hate Tourism Tours Lisbon

View from the MIRADOURO DE NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE LISBON PORTUGAL

Please note: I was welcomed as a guest on We Hate Tourism Tours King of the Hills Tour in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Imagine cruising through the streets of Lisbon in an open top Jeep, wind whipping through your hair as you explore the best viewpoints in Lisbon and are guided through the history of the city. Sounds amazing, right? Well, this dream can be your reality if you want. For one of the best tours in Lisbon, Portugal all you have to do is hit up We Hate Tourism Tours for their King of the Hills tour. I promise you won’t regret it. Still not...

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25 Awesome Student Budget Travel Resources That Will Make You Buy a (Cheap) Plane Ticket Right Now

Featured image for student budget travel resources blog post

One of the most common questions I get—both online and from my friends in real life—is how I manage to travel so much as a broke student (who is also getting pretty decent grades, if I do say so myself). Well, there are a few tricks for that: One, I make liberal use of weekends and school breaks. I also LOVE to use the excuse that it would be cheaper to travel around Europe for two weeks than fly back home (pros of studying abroad in Scotland, amirite?). I'm literally sitting in the Edinburgh airport as I write this, about to fly to Portugal for Spring Break. I also have a serious arsenal...

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21 Drool-Worthy Prague Pictures That Will Make You Book a Ticket

Sun shining through the clouds on the Prague riverfront from the Charles Bridge

Prague is, without a doubt, one of THE most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I know at this point that calling a place beautiful doesn't really mean that much, but there really is no other way to describe the place. It's just... beautiful. Going through my Prague pictures definitely reaffirmed that for me. Daniel and I found ourselves in Prague for just two short days last month, and every time we turned the corner you could hear us both whisper "wow" under our breaths. And we've both seen some pretty beautiful places. Because a picture is worth a thousand words and I'm totally...

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25 Things Nobody Tells You About Studying Abroad in Scotland

looking down the pier towards east sands and the cathedral in St. Andrews, Scotland

When I first decided to study abroad in Scotland for the duration of my undergraduate degree, I really didn’t think that there was much to prepare for. After all, how much difference is there really between the US and Scotland? Speaking the same language (mostly) means that we’re pretty similar, right? Wrong. In fact, over the past two years I’ve been studying abroad in Scotland, I have come across a LOT of differences and random quirks that I did not expect to. So if you’re planning to study abroad in Scotland anytime soon, here are 25 things that nobody told me. I hope you can go into...

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A Bright & Early Breakfast Tour of Prague with Naked Tour Guide Prague

The Charles Bridge early in the morning, with barely any people on it.

I think my number one travel aspiration is to be the kind of person who is able to somehow, magically, find all of the quirky and cool things about a new city that I’m visiting. Unfortunately, I am not that person. So when I went to Prague, I decided to find someone to help me with that. Enter the Naked Tour Guide Prague and their Bright and Early Breakfast Tour. I have literally never read something that called my name more than the Naked Tour Guide Prague website (although, disclaimer, the tour guide is not actually naked). Originally founded by former study abroad student Marcus...

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Marvelous Monteverde // 2 Day Monteverde, Costa Rica Itinerary

Addie hiking with her backpack

The secret is out: Monteverde, Costa Rica is THE place to go if you're looking for an adventure. So naturally, when Daniel's mom planned our trip to Costa Rica, Monteverde was high on the list. And boy, am I glad we made it. Monteverde is everything a touristy mountain town in Costa Rica should be. From beautiful hiking trails to coffee tours to ziplining and much, much more, if you have a sense of adventure then you are going to love Monteverde. Just beware the other tourists. We spent two and a half days exploring this beautiful area (so beautiful it now hosts a load of Quakers from the...

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11 Study Abroad Stories That Will Inspire You to Make It Happen

The Canadian flag, covered in signatures after studying abroad in Ediburgh

Studying abroad can be one of the most defining moments of your life–but it can also be seriously daunting. Trust me, I know. That being said, you shouldn't let your fear stop you from living your #bestlife. That's why I compiled these 11 AMAZING study abroad stories that will inspire the s*** out of you and make you get off your butt, start making plans to study abroad, and go. From stories of internships in rural Peru to learning a new language in the country where it's spoken, these study abroad stories span the globe–and the spectrum of possibilities when it comes to study abroad....

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Feeling Fortunate in La Fortuna // Things to Do in La Fortuna, Costa Rica in Two Days

Arenal Volcano peeking through the clouds in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It’s 6:45 am and my arm is stretched as far as it can go over my head. I can hear the birds chirping, laughing at me as I attempt to follow the instructions of the smallest, meanest yoga teacher with the cutest accent ever. Maybe 6:30 am yoga my first morning in Costa Rica wasn’t the best idea of my life, I think to myself as the sweat that the middle-aged goddess behind me can definitely see drips down my back. But I’m here now, so it’s time to suck it up. I meet the rest of my party later that morning for breakfast—8:30 am, a much more human time of day. What Daniel’s family was...

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Addie in Obidos, Portugal

Hi, I’m Addie!

Two years ago, I moved across the pond from small-town Illinois to the UK to attend university. Now I’m doing my best to see as much of Europe as I can while I’m here.

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