Words of Wisdom to a First Time Traveler

I can remember my first international trip like it was yesterday. Senior year of college, fall 2006, I headed to Madrid, Spain to study abroad for the semester. I remember feeling a myriad of emotions from excitement, nervousness, to fear. During that semester, I learned about myself and I also learned how people perceived me…

FREE MONEY FOR TRAVEL!!!

Last week, I ran into one of my colleagues in the hallway. I hadn’t seen him since I left for South Africa. Coworker,”Hey, where have you been?” Me, “I was on vacation.” Coworker, “oh really, Where did you go?” Me, “I went to South Africa.” Coworker, mouth hanging open, “oh, you must be rich!” My…

Reflections from afar

Cape Town vrs. Johannesburg One of the most striking ways Cape Town and Johannesburg are different is the people. For example, immediately upon arriving in Johannesburg, I felt like I was in Africa, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa. The distinction between northern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa is important because people in Northern Africa tend not to resemble…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Layovers can sometimes be a tricky thing. There’s always the concern of should you leave the airport or not. Typically, my rule of thumb is if I have at least 6 hours or more, especially in a new country, I opt to leave the airport. Obviously, having mere hours in a country isn’t ideal but it’s more…

Cape Town, South Africa

                         First Impression After a short 2 hour flight, Danielle and I arrived in Cape Town. Almost immediately, I could tell I was no longer in Johannesburg. As we were driving to our Airbnb accommodations, both of us marveled at how different Cape Town was from Johannesburg. At first glance Cape Town felt familiar; the…