• How to Get a Schengen Visa

    How to Get a Schengen Visa

    Posted by Emmet Pierce on: September 16, 2016 in Travel

    Before visiting the Schengen Area, a region comprised of 26 European nations, many travelers must apply for visas. The Schengen Area consists of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Each has relaxed its internal border checks, as per the Schengen Agreement, to provide greater freedom of movement.... Read More

  • Types of Schengen Visas

    Types of Schengen Visas

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: September 14, 2016 in Travel

    Schengen visas are provided to foreigners for access to the Schengen Area of Europe. The Schengen Area includes 26 countries that have agreed to allow their citizens to travel freely across internal country borders. These countries include all of the European Union except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are members of the Schengen Border Agreement.... Read More

  • What is the Schengen Area?

    What is the Schengen Area?

    Posted by Emmet Pierce on: September 12, 2016 in Travel

    To make it easier for travelers to journey between their countries, 26 European nations took part in the Schengen Agreement, which went into effect in 1995. This treaty enables participants to remove travel restrictions along their mutual borders. The agreement led to the creation of the Schengen Area, for which internal border checks have been significantly eased. The goal is to give greater mobility to a large section of the continent. The Schengen Agreement is considered an important step toward uniting Europe.... Read More

  • How to Learn a Foreign Language Faster Than You Thought Possible

    How to Learn a Foreign Language Faster Than You Thought Possible

    Posted by Goats on the Road on: September 7, 2016 in Travel

    Possibly one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of travel is getting to immerse yourself in a foreign language and culture. Not only can learning a new language be a practical tool for getting around (and being able to ask where the restrooms are), but it can open up your world. You’ll be able to have meaningful conversations with locals and connect with people you may have struggled to communicate with prior. There's no better time to learn a new language than when you're traveling internationally. You will be surprised by how much locals will appreciate and respond to your attempts to speak to them in their native language, whether you're already nearly fluent or you're a complete beginner!... Read More

  • How to Travel Safely With Your Dog

    How to Travel Safely With Your Dog

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: September 5, 2016 in Travel

    If you're taking your canine companion along with you on a trip, then traveling becomes less about you and more about your pet. You want to keep him safe, happy, and stress-free. You also want to enjoy the trip without worrying about whether or not he's eating toxic food from the sidewalk. Here are a few ways to make your dog as happy as can be while still keeping the trip fun and exciting.... Read More

  • 10 Reasons to Study in Denmark

    10 Reasons to Study in Denmark

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: September 2, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Denmark is a land of old kings and ancient traditions dating back to the early Vikings, who ruled the lands long ago. Here one will find a diverse culture settled deep within Nordic customs. Prospective students will also find advanced universities and student life unique to their own. Danish students flourish in their studies and attend many festivals and social events to celebrate their way of life.... Read More

  • 8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

    8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: August 31, 2016 in Insurance

    Travel medical insurance is a necessity for most world travelers, as many standard medical policies will not cover you when you are abroad. Many travel policies will offer additional benefits, such as medical evacuation or trip interruption coverage.... Read More

  • Top Cell Phone Data Plans for Worldwide Travel

    Top Cell Phone Data Plans for Worldwide Travel

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: August 29, 2016 in Travel

    Want to travel abroad but have no idea which phone carrier to take with you? International data is not cheap--especially when traveling to a destination that doesn't offer free WiFi. Here's a quick overview of which phone carriers offer the best deals and what to expect from their data services and fees when you're abroad.... Read More

  • Benefits of an International Community College Experience

    Benefits of an International Community College Experience

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: August 26, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Community colleges can provide a number of benefits to international students looking to study in the United States. There are many community colleges located across the nation, providing students more selection, whether they want to experience a big city or a small town or live on the West Coast, the East Coast, in the Midwest, or in the South.... Read More

  • Pros and Cons of Traveling Alone Versus With a Partner

    Pros and Cons of Traveling Alone Versus With a Partner

    Posted by Goats on the Road on: August 25, 2016 in Travel

    Travel takes on all shapes and forms. Sometimes you’re on a solo trip with complete freedom and flexibility, and other times travel becomes a unique bonding experience with a friend or family member. Both kinds of travel have their particular challenges and advantages, which we will explore in this article.... Read More

  • How to Make Changes to Your Travel Medical Policy

    How to Make Changes to Your Travel Medical Policy

    Posted by Emmet Pierce on: August 24, 2016 in Insurance

    No matter how carefully you prepare for a trip abroad, unexpected situations can still pop up to alter your travel plans. When you need to change travel dates or reschedule a trip, it's important to know the procedure for contacting your travel medical insurance company. Travel Insurance Review notes that insurance carriers are typically very willing to work with travelers in order to make a change or correct a mistake.... Read More

  • 6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

    6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

    Posted by Goats on the Road on: August 23, 2016 in Travel

    Road trips are prime time for epic travel, as they allow you to see things along the way you would’ve never imagined before you set out. But planning a road trip can be hard when trying to find the right balance between carefully planning an itinerary that makes sense and simultaneously allowing enough time for unplanned ventures to naturally unfold along the way. There’s some element of adventure to setting off on the open road, so here are a few tips that will help you to enhance that thrill while also ensuring that you don’t go too far into uncharted territory.... Read More

  • How to Survive Missing Meds and Lost Checked Luggage

    How to Survive Missing Meds and Lost Checked Luggage

    Posted by Bekah Wright on: August 22, 2016 in Travel

    Ireland is lovely and I'm having a great time here. There's been a small snafu, however. Not only has my luggage gone missing, but so have some vital medications. Here's what happened: A country sojourn was scheduled on my itinerary. A flight from Dublin to a small-town airport went off without a hitch. I spent time in a castle and amongst acres and acres of stunning green landscape. Needless to say, the beauty of it all put me in a very relaxed mood. All too soon, it was time to return to the city (not that that's a bad thing, mind you).... Read More

  • 10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Australia

    10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Australia

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: August 19, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Deciding where to study abroad can be a difficult decision. If you want to be close to multiple oceans, amazing hiking trails, and high-tech cities, then Australia may be a great choice for you. This island continent doesn't lack in extraordinary traits and its quality of education ranks high across the globe. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should study in Australia.... Read More

  • 12 Travel Insurance Coverages That Might Surprise You

    12 Travel Insurance Coverages That Might Surprise You

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: August 17, 2016 in Insurance

    Travel medical insurance is an effective way to protect yourself in the event of a health emergency, whether you need treatment at your destination or if you must be medically evacuated to receive medically necessary care. Travel medical insurance also typically covers trip interruptions, travel delays, and/or lost luggage. But did you know that a travel medical policy can also offer some unexpected benefits? From pet return to emergency dental- and even terrorism coverage- this international insurance is a great way to cover an emergency issue that may arise while you are away from home.... Read More

  • How to Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

    How to Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: August 16, 2016 in Travel

    Staying in a fancy hotel is all well and good, but it doesn't provide you the same opportunities as a hostel when it comes to socializing with others. Hostels are great for meeting new people and discovering local sites with those who know the layout, and there are numerous hostels that offer quality rooms with low prices--well, that's the whole point, actually. Hostels are the cheapest and most authentic way to travel abroad on a budget, but if you're used to conventional hotels, you might need a few pointers before your first stay in a hostel. Here are 9 tips on how to make the most out of your hostel experience.... Read More

  • Guide to Traveling Internationally With Your Pet

    Guide to Traveling Internationally With Your Pet

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: August 15, 2016 in Travel

    Travelling internationally is a dream come true to many, but what happens to your pet when you leave? Perhaps you decide to take Sparky with you on a cross-Atlantic flight to Italy but have no idea how. No one wants to leave behind man's best friend. Or what about Fluffy, your Persian cat who tears up the curtains if you leave her for too long? In order to help you with this dilemma, we compiled this detailed travel guide on how to make your experience a breeze while maintaining your pet's sanity.... Read More

  • Studying Abroad: The Harsh Realities and How to Conquer Them

    Studying Abroad: The Harsh Realities and How to Conquer Them

    Posted by Emmet Pierce on: August 12, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Studying abroad can be the opportunity of a lifetime, but before you attend school outside of your home country, you should be aware of some of the challenges you could face. You may leave home with high expectations, but the reality is that everyone has to deal with problems, even when they're exploring life in another country. It's helpful to prepare for the issues that may confront you.... Read More

  • How Brexit Can Affect Travel, Study Abroad to Great Britain

    How Brexit Can Affect Travel, Study Abroad to Great Britain

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: August 10, 2016 in Travel

    On June 23, a majority of British voters approved a referendum authorizing their country's exit from the European Union— hence the name Brexit. However, the separation will not happen right away; Great Britain has two years to complete the exit after the government triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. (The article states that any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.) British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she doesn't intend to invoke Article 50 until 2017, meaning the earliest Brexit would happen is 2019.... Read More

  • Top 5 Reasons to Study in Poland

    Top 5 Reasons to Study in Poland

    Posted by Chris Norris on: August 8, 2016 in Study Abroad

    When many students plan their trips to study abroad, Poland is often a forgotten destination. This should not be the case! With all the country has to offer, from an academic to a touristic standpoint, it really deserves a top spot in the minds of students everywhere. In case you are still not convinced, here is a list of the top 5 reasons to study in Poland!... Read More

  • How to Eat Like an Italian in Italy

    How to Eat Like an Italian in Italy

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: August 3, 2016 in Travel

    At home, you have the occasional sit down dinner with the family. When you move out or move off to college, a meal typically consists of eating out or grabbing fast food to go. These days, families and friends rarely take the time to really enjoy a meal and spend time with their loved ones. In Italy, however, dinner is a tradition. It takes hours, consisting of several courses and a lot of wine (for the adults, of course). Dinner is served late and is usually followed by a fantastic night's sleep. Here is your guide to dining in Italy as the Italians do.... Read More

  • Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

    Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

    Posted by Emmet Pierce on: August 1, 2016 in Travel

    Combining travel with fun, many tourists are playing Pokémon GO, a smartphone game that uses global positioning systems to help players track down make-believe characters in real-life locations. The game has created a whole new reason to travel. Pokémon GO isn't something you can play while sitting at home. The app enables you to capture virtual creatures on your smartphone screen as you see the world. Your phone will vibrate to let you know when you're closing in on various Pokémon, which you can then attempt to catch with a poké ball. National Geographic describes the game as a city guide that encourages exploration. It also fosters social interaction. In areas where Pokémon Go is popular, some players hold meet-ups and chase the virtual creatures in groups.... Read More

  • Dealing with Culture Shock

    Dealing with Culture Shock

    Posted by Kelli Vorndran on: July 28, 2016 in Travel

    Culture shock is a normal reaction to experience as you adjust to a new culture abroad. However, you don't want to let it ruin your trip! Use this infographic to learn more about the signs and symptoms of culture shock, and how you can quickly cope and get back to enjoying your travels!... Read More

  • 5 Dogs More Adventurous Than You

    5 Dogs More Adventurous Than You

    Posted by Abigail Wilson on: July 27, 2016 in Travel

    Most pet lovers have dreamed about going on amazing adventures with their dog. It makes the travel experience that much better if you're not constantly worried about how your dog is doing back home. Each of these five dogs and their owners host a travel blog documenting their journeys together. Some advocate the travel of small dogs while others are committed to helping foreign communities. Either way, these five  have proven to be some of the most daring and brave canines out there.... Read More

  • 8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

    8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

    Posted by Alex Torres on: July 26, 2016 in Travel

    Traveling abroad can be an extremely exciting opportunity, and it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of sampling new cuisines, exploring different cultures, and visiting world-famous landmarks. But no matter where you travel, it’s important to take personal safety into consideration. For those who use public transportation while exploring foreign countries, this is especially true. Traveling via bus, train, or metro is a convenient and cost-effective way to get around, but encountering crime is still a possibility.... Read More