Can’t afford a weekend away? Spend a Saturday at a nearby tourist attraction. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a perfect day trip from Cincinnati. Enjoy the gorgeous backroads of Kentucky, sample bourbons, and pack a picnic to enjoy on one of the beautiful distillery estates. I recommend Maker’s Mark and Woodford Reserve as two of the most picturesque landscapes to spend the day at. With just a little extra exploring we easily found a delicious pizza place called the Grey Goose in small town Midway, Kentucky. The perfect Saturday.
A Day in Barcelona
I wake up to the sound of people in the streets, the sound of motorbikes turning sharp corners, the sound of the vendor across the street yelling. I stretch, and walk to the small breezy balcony. It is May in Barcelona, and I have the entire day to myself. I gather a book, a scarf, and other minor essentials into a small day bag. I slink past sleeping travel mates and exit the door from our temporary apartment, turning round and round down the spiral rickety staircase.
I follow the small side street until it connects with Las Ramblas, the buzzing, beeping, whirlwind of a street that Barcelona is famous for. I make my way through locals and tourists, street performers and vendors. I cut across to an avenue that leads out of the main thoroughfare and towards the Gothic Quarter. I need a coffee and bread, caffeine and carbs to fuel my day.
Ten Tips for Studying Abroad
I was first infected with the travel bug after studying abroad my senior year of college in Geneva, Switzerland. Armed with student loans and a Eurail pass, I made my way to Germany, France, England, Spain, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium during the span of four months. It was, as the cliché goes, a life changing experience. Since then I’ve made travel one of my biggest priorities in life. I’m also lucky enough to be employed as a Study Abroad Advisor – making helping people travel my job!
Study abroad is often one of the first travel experiences people have, and with that first experience comes a lot of questions. After spending four months studying abroad in Europe and leading two short term study abroad trips to Ireland and China, I’ve picked up a few pointers about travel as well as travel as a tool for education. Compiled here are my top ten tips for students – some about study, some about the abroad part.
25 Travel Experiences to Have While You’re Alive
The best meal I had in China, elbow to elbow with locals. It was also the best moment of my time in China, when the little girl pictured burst out laughing when I dropped my dumpling into the vinegar. Her parents smiled sheepishly while my friend and I joined in laughing.
I’m a sucker for those 100 places to visit before you die lists you find all over the internet; however, they always leave me with a feeling that they kind of miss the point of traveling. Yes, travel is about seeing some of the great wonders of our world, but it’s also about all those smaller more intimate moments that are what really make travel so addicting. So I made a list of 25 travel experiences that I have found to be the most valuable and memorable in my short time globe trotting. How many have you had? Got any to add?
- Spend a morning or afternoon exploring a foreign market place.
- Find a hole in the wall restaurant; have one of the best meals of your life.
- Sit alone at a busy bar, sipping an espresso or local drink and people watch.
- Let locals take you out and show you their favorite spots.
- Get lost. Not in a romantic, Pinterest inspired meme sort of way, but really lost. Find out that either through your own gumption or through the help of a kind local, that you will live to see your hostel or hotel room again.