The Colorful Country of Cuba

The Colorful Country of Cuba

The colors of Cuba are what I remember most about my 7-day journey through this vibrant Caribbean country. Here are some photos to show you the stunning colorful country of Cuba.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

There will always be a place in the world to fit your mood. Maybe you’re looking to relax on a sandy beach in Hawaii. Or perhaps a more sophisticated getaway like Paris, where you can sip wine and gaze at the world’s finest art.

So, what is the “mood” or the personality of Cuba? Well, Cuba is LOUD and in your face. Frankly, that is the vibe, and you learn to love it as the vibrant walls call out to you as you dance through the streets of Havana. It’s a fun place, and it totally transforms you into a step back in time.

Here are some photos to show you around the Colorful Country of Cuba.

HAVANA

The colorful country of cuba

Havana’s eclectic mix of architectural influences.

Havana is a gigantic melting pot of colors and architectural influences from around the world. The style of buildings that largely make up this city is Colonial, Spanish Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Art Deco.

The Colorful Country of Cuba

If these walls could talk.. what would they say?

Cuba has undoubtedly had a long history fighting battles both outside and inside the country. Some Cubans really struggle to make ends meet as the average monthly wage for a state worker is $20 – $30 ($USD). Although this is the average wage, some Cubans work in the tourist industry working for tips or for private companies and may receive higher under-the-table pay.

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Old Havana or Vevado?

Havana is divided into two parts; Old Havana and Vevado.

Old Havana is likely what you envision Havana to be – bright colors, cobblestone streets, and those dreamy classic cars. However with that being said, it’s definitely where all the tourist are. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Vevado is the business district and more urban neighborhood of Havana. Likely, where more authentic Cubans live and spend more of their time. Click here for a more in-depth breakdown by a Cuban of the Havana neighborhoods if you are stuck choosing between the two!

We stayed near Old Havana and I am pretty happy with our decision. Vevado is rather far and spread out and I don’t think we would have gotten the experience we envisioned Havana to be.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

The Famous Restaurant in Havana – La Guarida!

I LOVED getting to experience dining at La Guarida. This is a major tourist restaurant, but one of the most famous in all of Cuba. It is known for a filming location in a classic film, Strawberry and Chocolate. Making reservations weeks in advance is highly recommended. You can check out my full restaurant review of La Guarida, here.

La Guardia in Havana

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Spend an evening watching the incredible Tropicana show

Tropicana is a classic Cuban MUST! The Tropicana is a world famous cabaret show dating back to the late 30s. Some of the tricks performed are jaw-dropping, and it’s an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to dress up! The recommended dress code is “casual elegance,” meaning women shouldn’t wear shorts and men should wear long pants and a collared shirt.

For more information on the Tropicana Cabaret Show or to book tickets, click here.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

– Our highlights of Havana were Tropicana and our Free Walking Tour

After you’ve spent some time exploring the city, consider booking an Airbnb experience to go beyond Havana. We booked an Airbnb experience that took us on a day trip to stunning Viรฑales. The tour was so lovely; we enjoyed the few hour’s journeys in a classic car, horseback riding in the valley, learned how to make Cuban cigars, and enjoyed delicious Cuban cuisine overlooking with a view.

Click here to book the amazing Airbnb experience!

VINALES

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Why you should book an Airbnb experience

Your money will go to supporting the Cuban people directly, rather than to a hotel or tourist agency. This rule doesn’t just apply to Cuba, it’s just like shopping local. Your money goes directly to the people, rather than larger corporations. Also, it is way more of an authentic experience!

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

This tour was so much fun, we were completely exhausted when returning back to Havana. Luckily, our next destination in Cuba was a relaxing ocean front town called Cojimar!

Cojimar

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Cojimar is a sleepy ocean-front town located just about 15 minutes (driving) from old town Havana. It’s a total change of pace from bustling Havana, and we were ready for somewhere a bit more low key. We stayed in an incredible Airbnb that was right on the water. It was way cheaper and modern than any of the bnb’s located in the city center of Havana!

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Honestly, there is not much to do in Cojimar. Unless you are setting it as your home base for your Havana trip, I would only spend two days here max. We filled our time by taking a taxi to Santa Maria Beach, which I highly recommend!

Other attractions near Cojimar is Ernest Hemingway’s house. Unfortunately, we didn’t know it was closed on Sundays and missed out touring the home. If you run out of things to do in Cojimar, you can always organize a taxi into Havana city center.

The Colorful Country of Cuba

Cuba is so unique because it has such a defined culture unlike any other. If these photos didn’t prove to you just how Colorful the Country of Cuba is, here are just a few more to convince you ๐Ÿ™‚

The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba
The Colorful Country of Cuba

*this balcony view was our Airbnb in Old Havana, that you can find here

Thanks for reading! I hope in your future travels, you will consider taking a trip of a lifetime to the colorful country of Cuba.

New From the Blog

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Wine Company is tucked away in a secret corner of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. This Winery is a gem only true Missourians know about. If you’re looking for a luxurious and charming rustic escape for the evening, look no further than Bear Creek Winery!…

New From the Blog

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

We’ve all seen the news articles, “Buy a house in Italy for 1 euro!” Sometimes it can be difficult when you see those news articles to find actual information about buying a 1 euro home in Italy. Alas, I am here to help. Firstly, let’s clear some things up here. That…

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

A Glimpse Into The Fairytale City of England

A Glimpse Into The Fairytale City of England

Nicknamed “The City of Dreaming Spires,” Oxford is truly the most magical fairytale-like city in all of England.

There is so much to love about this city, but I’ll keep it short and let the photos give it justice! Oxford is so unique because it is rich with history, and it’s booming with college students. It’s a beautiful city that is young at heart, yet has an old soul.

โ€œEvery city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasnโ€™t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.โ€

– John Berger

I’m reminded of this quote often when I think of Oxford. While I couldn’t give an exact profile of Oxford in that sense, you can’t help but notice this city has a distinct personality as you meander through the narrow alleyways and whimsical architecture.

Here are some photos to give you a glimpse into Oxford, the Fairytale City of England.

The Radcliffe Camera

The rad cam is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Oxford. It was constructed in 1737 and serves as a library to students of the University of Oxford.

Fairytale City of England

My favorite thing to do in Oxford, is to simply just walk around the streets admiring all the beautiful architecture.

This may sound creepy, but when you get into the suburbs it is so fun to look at the windows of the houses. Some people here are really clever with their window displays.

The churches are beautiful!

“The Oxford Bridge of Sighs”

Another iconic landmark of Oxford! The official name is the Hertford Bridge, but due to it’s resemblance of the Venetian Bridge of Sighs, the name evolved.

Getting a rooftop view of the city is a must.

My favorite view of the city is from the top of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, where you can get a stunning 360 view of the city, the Radcliffe Camera, and All Souls College.

Things to consider before you study abroad

This charming cinema was my favorite place to catch a movie. I wish more theaters where I live in the US were as cute as this!

Fairytale City of England

Did you know Oxford is actually a real fairytale city in England? Can you visualize what classic tale resembles the photos below?

The scenic grounds of the University of Oxford colleges.

The college courtyards are absolutely stunning and are often times open to the public between certain hours! Pictures below is the famous grounds of Christ Church.

Fairytale City of England
Fairytale City of England
Fairytale City of England

Oxford is a timeless city that takes you back in history. The cobblestone streets, blooming flowers, and ornate architecture are just a few of the things that make Oxford seem like a city from a fairytale.

After all, the classic fairy tale Alice in Wonderland was written in Oxford!

New From the Blog

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Wine Company is tucked away in a secret corner of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. This Winery is a gem only true Missourians know about. If you’re looking for a luxurious and charming rustic escape for the evening, look no further than Bear Creek Winery!…

New From the Blog

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

We’ve all seen the news articles, “Buy a house in Italy for 1 euro!” Sometimes it can be difficult when you see those news articles to find actual information about buying a 1 euro home in Italy. Alas, I am here to help. Firstly, let’s clear some things up here. That…

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

How to Cure the Travel Bug at Home.

How to Cure the Travel Bug at Home.

Although it may seem ironic, there are steps you can take to cure the “travel bug” in the comfort of your home. COVID-19 has shaken the world, the travel industry at the very center of it all. Even when the world does slowly open back it’s doors, how long will it take for international waters to be traveled again? The optimist in me says soon. The realist part of me says travel for 2020 is off the books for now.

New York, Italy, and Australia were all booked for me this year and have unfortunately been cancelled. Honestly, I got quite depressed when I had to cancel them all. So much time, money, and planning went into these trips – how could I not be a little disappointed? Once I got around and finally stopped feeling sorry for myself, there were little things around the house that I noticed helped me cure my travel bug.

Here are some of the things I’ve been doing to stay busy, and cure the travel bug while staying home.

Explore the world, at home.

How to cure the travel bug at home.

1. Dive into your box of travel treasures

Does anyone else of have a chest full of travel trinkets? Mine is stuffed full of everything from postcards, ticket stubs, or just little knick knacks I’ve found along the way. This is the perfect time to go through it! I honestly had no idea what was in mine, until I took the time to really go through it. You may be surprised at some of the things you find, and the memories associated with them.

This ripped piece of paper doesn’t look like much, but it is one of my favorite travel souvenirs, and it was free! I found this piece of paper on the streets of a lovely little town in Cuba. I don’t know why I picked it up, or really why I even kept it. The crumbled and rough condition of the paper reminds me of Cuba in an essence. However there is a certain charm to it that you can’t help but love, just like Cuba.

2.Learn or perfect a hobby

Maybe you feel the same way, but I feel like this quarantine has stunted my growth in terms of achievements. I can’t go out and do the things I had planned and get on with my life, because I’m stuck here. This was most of my mentality for the first couple weeks at home. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can still learn and grow in different ways. I have been practicing my photography skills in lots of different ways.

These pictures were both taken in the comfort of my own home. The one on the right was taken in my stunning backyard that I rarely step foot on. As a traveler, I tend to think everywhere else is more beautiful and interesting than where I live. However, spending more time at home has cleared my eyes to the beauty surrounded by me.

3. Read that dang Barnes & Noble book that you saw on display but never read

Whoops. Okay I cannot be alone on this. Does this look familiar to you? I feel like every time I walk in Barnes & Noble, I see a similar book. A massive book full of places I want explore. I somehow talk myself into buying them, justifying the purchase, and then it sits in the corner of my room accumulating dust. Well, with all this time at home, it’s the perfect time to crack it open (and realize I need to stop buying them).

How to cure the travel bug at home

4. Catalog your travel photos.

Consider buying a hard drive to store all of your travel pictures. If you don’t have many photos, a flash drive will work as well. Once you have your storage device, create folders for each of your destinations. This has helped me massively in terms of organization and may put you at ease to know where exactly your pictures are.

5. Start a scrapbook or print book of your travel photos

Scrapbooking has always been something I enjoy. There is just such satisfaction in having all of your memories collected in one place. It’s also a fun thing to look back on with your friends and family. If you don’t have the patience for scrapbooking, organize a travel print book on Shutterfly.

6. Learn a new recipe from your favorite destination

Thai food is the literal love of my life. It’s my favorite thing to eat out, and it’s my favorite thing to make at home. My kitchen may not look like Thailand, but it can smell like it! Trying making goulash from Hungary, scones from England, or a Greek salad from Greece. Traveling has definitely expanded my imagination in the kitchen. Trying new international foods keep me connected with learning about other cultures, while being stuck at home.

This is a spicy Thai noodle dish that I make at least every couple weeks. It is SO delicious and simple to make! You can find the recipe here.

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

7. Read a book about a journey

Sorry to throw in another book on here, but this one actually has a fantastic story line and will inspire you as a traveler in a number of ways. If you are missing traveling, this book will take you all around the world and show you how you can grow by exploring. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is the perfect read for a time like this.

How to cure the travel bug at home

8. Explore somewhere new

Like me, maybe you’ve had to cancel your travel plans for the rest of the year. Yes It’s a bummer, but it’s the perfect time to find somewhere new if that destination just isn’t going to work out. Pinterest, Instagram, and travel blogs are the perfect way to find your next adventure destination.

My mom and I were taking our mother-daughter trip to Italy & Switzerland in early May. As plans have changed, we are looking at traveling more towards December/January. She really was looking forward to warm weather, so we are looking at more tropical destinations that will be warm in those months. If you have any recommendations for warm places in December, let me know in the comments! Europe will have to wait for another time.

9. Start a journal

I’ve kept a journal since I was twelve years old! I have several of them locked away in the depths of my closet for nobody to ever read. Writing is really therapeutic for me, and a great time capsule for my thoughts for certain milestones in life. Pictures are what you want people to see, but writing is how you really feel. I keep journals for both at home, and for my travel adventures.

If you haven’t started a journal, now would be a great time to start. It’s odd to think that this pandemic is quite a historical time in history, your thoughts of what’s happening will be really interesting to read years from now.

10. Above all else, just try to be happy

While the world is stuck inside battling a virus, a different beast is unleashed that is possibly more difficult to obviously detect – poor mental health. For someone who doesn’t struggle with mental health regularly, this quarantine has absolutely took a toll on me. I’ve had to change my mindset, and reward myself for little accomplishments like making breakfast, or going on a walk.

Don’t feel discouraged if you aren’t motivated to do the things you always said you would “if you just had more time”. Celebrate the little things that you’ve accomplished throughout the day and focus on taking care of yourself.

How to cure the travel bug at home

Thanks for reading! I hope this post has helped you come up with ideas on how you can cure your “travel bug” in the comfort of your own home. I’d love to read in the comments below what you’ve been doing at home to feed your wanderlust.

New From the Blog

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Wine Company is tucked away in a secret corner of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. This Winery is a gem only true Missourians know about. If you’re looking for a luxurious and charming rustic escape for the evening, look no further than Bear Creek Winery!…

New From the Blog

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

We’ve all seen the news articles, “Buy a house in Italy for 1 euro!” Sometimes it can be difficult when you see those news articles to find actual information about buying a 1 euro home in Italy. Alas, I am here to help. Firstly, let’s clear some things up here. That…

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles are the perfect answer to your lazy nights at home. They are simple, delicious, and a dish that anyone can enjoy.

In times of quarantine, opportunities to travel have been slim to none. While this is disappointing, there have been silver linings that have came from this. One being, trying new recipes! I am such a foodie, especially when traveling. Cooking these spicy Thai noodles have helped cure my wanderlust when I can’t travel. Although my kitchen doesn’t look like Thailand, it can taste like it!

This recipe is an adaption from a real pro food blogger The Domestic Superhero. You can find her original recipe here.

I should add that I am in no way a food blogger, and there are some amazing foodie bloggers out there who really make amazing content with their recipe creations. Honestly, I put this together last minute while I was waiting for my camera to charge to take different pictures. So I apologize for the poor quality! I can promise you, the food tastes better than it looks.

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

My favorite things about making this recipe – It is literally impossible to mess up and it can be modified to accommodate almost any diet.

This recipe serves 2-3 people and takes about 30 minutes to make (chopping time included!)

Here are the ingredients you will need for your Easy Spicy Thai Noodles:

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

The measurements listed above can be easily adjusted to taste.

As I mentioned before, this recipe truly can be modified for any diet. I opted for the Vegetarian version. For a Gluten Free diet, consider subbing out the noodles for zucchini/carrot noodle , gluten free soy sauce or swapping it with coconut aminos. If you are Vegan, skip the eggs and add some tofu. If you have a regular diet add a protein of your choice like shrimp or chicken.

Step 1: Boil the noodles for 10 minutes.

Fill a large pot with water and add a bit of salt. Add the 1/2 pound of linguine noodles and bring to boil. Boil for 10 minutes, stir occasionally. When finished, drain and set aside. While the noodles are boiling, follow the next step.

Step 2: Prepare your veggies.

If you don’t like the veggies in my recipe (I see you mushroom haters!) then just swap them out with something else. Anything will do! Zucchini, cucumber, peppers, asparagus, whatever you fancy.

Mushrooms: Slice about 4-5 small-medium sized mushrooms.

Carrots: With a peeler, peel 2 large carrots in thin strips. You may not get to use the whole carrot, just slice as much of it as you can.

Broccoli: Thinly chop 2 cups of broccoli florets. Or if you’re lazy like me, pull your frozen bag of out the fridge!

Green Onion: Chop 1/2 cup of green onion. This is quite a lot, but I am crazy about green onion. Consider adding a little less if you don’t like it as much as I do.

I know what you’re thinking.. This is A LOT of veggies. And perhaps you are considering on taking some out. Don’t do it! The noodles cook up, and the veggies cook down. In the end, the ratio evens out.

Step 3: Scramble the eggs.

Eggs + Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: With about 1 TBS of heated Olive Oil, Scramble 2 eggs in either the pot you used for the noodles or a separate skillet. You will need your large pot in the end to combine everything together. Add about 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes. Add more if you like it hot! Once scrambled, set aside.

Step 4: Make your sauce.

In a medium sized bowl, combine 2 Tablespoons of Freshly Grated Ginger Root, 1.5 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar, 1.5 Tablespoons of Sriracha, and 1/3 cup of Low Sodium Soy Sauce. I do typically end up adding more soy sauce and sriracha in the end. Mix it all together and set aside.

Step 5: Cook the veggies for 8-12 minutes.

In your big pot you used to boil your noodles, heat about a tablespoon of Olive Oil on medium-high heat. Throw in the broccoli, mushrooms, and carrots. Add 2 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. I like my veggies very well done, so I lean more towards the 12 minutes end. Drizzle a little olive oil throughout the cooking process. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, cover your pot to soften the veggies.

Step 6: Add it all together!

Once your veggies are cooked to your liking, add in your cooked noodles and scrambled eggs. Mix it up, then add your sauce. If your pot looks a little dry, consider adding a little more soy sauce and sriracha (if you like a lot of spice). Let everything cook together, uncovered, for just a minute or so.

Step 7: Top it off and enjoy!

After everything is mixed well together, add your 1/2 cup of Green Onion and sprinkle with Peanuts to your liking. I typically add about 1/3 or 1/2 cup of lightly salted peanuts. Optional: add your cooked protein if you made any. Mix it all together and let set for a minute.

And voila! How easy was that? Not only are these Spicy Thai Noodles simple and can be modified, but they can also be enjoyed hot or cold. Often times, I would pack them and take to school to enjoy in between classes. These spicy noodles are perfect if you’re constantly on the go.

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

Thanks for reading, I would love to hear from you if you gave these spicy noodles a try!

Things to Consider Before You Study Abroad

Things to Consider Before You Study Abroad

Growing up, I had always dreamed to study abroad.

Honestly, it was one of the deciding factors for me on whether to go to college or not. Which yes, seems silly, and probably wasn’t something I should base four additional years of education and thousands of dollars in debt on. But at seventeen, your decision-making skills aren’t exactly top-notch.

The idea of living and studying in a foreign country was romanticized within me since day one of watching the iconic Lizzie McGuire movie. I was ready to go abroad, meet my Paolo, and become an Italian pop-star.

Things to consider before you study abroad

Okay.. maybe not exactly that, but you get the point! The idea of it all was completely built up in my head. I didn’t even care where I studied abroad, I just knew I wanted to have the experience.

The time eventually came where I was able to fulfill my dreams of studying abroad. In hindsight, I am very glad I took the the opportunity to have this cultural experience. However, there were certainly some mistakes I made along the way. Here are a few things I would tell myself, or anyone I knew about to embark on this journey.

1. Studying Abroad is a challenge.

Living and studying abroad is a wonderful experience, but it’s not always easy.

Relocating to a foreign country for an extended period of time is a hard thing to do. You’re leaving your friends, family, pets, and there will be many things you will miss out on. It’s a matter of missing out on some things and trading your home experiences for an experience of the unknown.

2. Academics are a factor – among many others.

There are several factors that go into the decision process of studying abroad, many of them being out of your control. Your age, school’s connections, costs, and what you’re studying are just to name a few.

These were certainly things I didn’t think about when I filled out my study abroad application. Oh that’s even another factor – an application process! You can have everything you think you need to study abroad, but could still get your application denied for not being a proper fit.

3. You may not get everything you want.

As I just mentioned, there are so many factors that go into the decision making process of studying abroad.

Decisions are being made by you, your college, and your financial situation. In the end, your study abroad location will probably be a compromise. Just be happy that you are going to experience an entire different life and focus on what you will gain from it.

4. Go with an open mind.

My study abroad experience was great, but I’d be lying if I said it was exactly what I expected. My expectations were simply too high. Problems will arise during your experience, and it’s up to you to not let them ruin your time.

Try new foods, make new friends, and stop comparing everything to your home country. It’s not like home, because it isn’t home, and you shouldn’t have come abroad if you wanted comfort.

5. Spend time in your study abroad city.

This was also a mistake I made. I’m an American, and flights are insanely expensive in the US. So what I was most excited about studying in Europe were the wicked cheap flights, making ample possibilities of new countries to explore.

This resulted in me drastically overlooking the beautiful city I was studying in. I can’t even put a simple tour guide together for my study abroad city, because I hardly spent any free time exploring it. I took it for granted, and was constantly looking for other places to travel to on the weekends.

It’s great to take advantage of cheap fares and explore other places during your time abroad. But there were many times where I’d miss out on college outings because I opted to travel on the weekends. Which in the end resulted in less friendships gained. Something to think about before you buy that Ryan Air ticket!

Studying abroad really is what you make of it. Before you begin on this life changing journey, I urge you to consider what you are wanting to gain from your time abroad.

No matter what, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be happy with this decision and will learn so much about other cultures, and yourself.

If your university doesn’t offer study abroad opportunities, there are plenty of outside companies who offer educational trip. These trips may even transfer over as elective credit hours to your major – it never hurts to check!

IES Abroad

CIEE

Things to consider before you study abroad

New From the Blog

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Wine Company is tucked away in a secret corner of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. This Winery is a gem only true Missourians know about. If you’re looking for a luxurious and charming rustic escape for the evening, look no further than Bear Creek Winery!…

New From the Blog

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

We’ve all seen the news articles, “Buy a house in Italy for 1 euro!” Sometimes it can be difficult when you see those news articles to find actual information about buying a 1 euro home in Italy. Alas, I am here to help. Firstly, let’s clear some things up here. That…

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

Day Trip to Hallstatt, Austria

Day Trip to Hallstatt, Austria

Deemed one of the most “Instagrammable Places in the World”. This small town in Austria is a beautiful picturesque place that you should add to the top of your bucket list. Here are some tips on how to spend your Day Trip to Hallstatt, Austria.

Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

This charming town is oversaturated with day-time tourists. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting. Hallstatt is a must-see!

To avoid crowds, consider following these tips:

-Visit during off season. Avoid summer months May through August.

-Get there early in the morning.

-Consider spending the night to experience the town without day-time tours.

-Book train tickets in advance if you are visiting during peak season.

Hallstatt What to know
Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

To my surprise, Hallstatt actually gave me an eerie vibe (which I loved!) Whether it was the time of year or the skeleton caves that made me feel this way, I enjoyed the unsettling beauty the island offered.

Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

The Skulls of Hallstatt.

Long ago, old burial grounds were discovered. They were dug up, cleaned out, and replaced with new remains. Unfortunately, Hallstatt is so small, there just isn’t enough room to bury everyone. A thousand remains are on display in this cave and decoratively painted with dates and names. Although creepy and even questionable depending on your own culture, I loved the thought of remains decorated as a tribute to one’s life.

Day trip to Hallstatt

Hallstatt Day Trip or Overnight?

Hallstatt can be done as a day trip. There isn’t much to do except to walk around and take in the beauty. If you are looking for an attraction during your stay, take a cable car up to explore the salt mines. They look stunning and I wish I would have had time to do this! As I mentioned previously, staying overnight has the advantage to avoid tourists. To book a longer trip in Halstatt, click here

Day trip to Hallstatt

The fairy tale land of Hallstatt, Austria is definitely worth seeing if you are able to. Although I’ve already traveled to Hallstatt, I’d love to visit during different seasons of the year. The crystal clear lake, foggy mountains, and pastel-colored houses will have you coming back for more!

New From the Blog

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

An evening at Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Wine Company is tucked away in a secret corner of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. This Winery is a gem only true Missourians know about. If you’re looking for a luxurious and charming rustic escape for the evening, look no further than Bear Creek Winery!…

New From the Blog

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

How to Actually Buy a 1 Euro House In Italy

We’ve all seen the news articles, “Buy a house in Italy for 1 euro!” Sometimes it can be difficult when you see those news articles to find actual information about buying a 1 euro home in Italy. Alas, I am here to help. Firstly, let’s clear some things up here. That…

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

25 Real-life Places That Belong in a Wes Anderson Film

Just the other day, I was clearing out old photos from my laptop. Through this process, I discovered I had an entire folder labeled “WES ANDERSON.” What’s this? It turns out, I had compiled dozens of photos over the years of places that looked like they belong in a…