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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 31, 2016 in Study Abroad

Tuition prices are skyrocketing in the United States. According to data from College Board, between 2005-06 and 2015-16, the cost to attend an American four-year university increased at an average rate of 3.4% per year beyond inflation. With costs on the rise, savvy students and parents are looking elsewhere for education. Europe, South America, and Asia all offer free (or very cheap) education options for Americans. Here are some top destinations where Americans can earn a college degree on a budget.... Read More ...

6 Best Places to Retire

6 Best Places to Retire

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on February 24, 2016 in Life Transitions

Retirement is a big part of the American Dream. However, with the decline of defined benefit pension plans, affording a comfortable retirement can be a challenge. Money savvy individuals are finding that moving to a less expensive location can stretch those retirement dollars further. Enjoy this list of the 6 best retirement destinations to spend your golden years—and your budget!... Read More ...

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students depart for a study abroad experience. In recent years, the number of students taking part in international study programs has grown steadily. For many, the destination is the most important factor when selecting a program or organization. Here are our top 5 destinations for American students going abroad:... Read More ...

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Top 7 International Festivals for 2016

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 4, 2016 in Travel

Music, lights, sounds, and a pulsing sea of people draw millions to festivals and dance events around the world each year. If you want to make 2016 a year to remember, fit one of these seven amazing festival experiences into your schedule.... Read More ...

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on May 5, 2015 in Study Abroad

We interviewed a Michigan State University Alumni, Elizabeth Kelley, who had recently studied abroad to study German in Germany. She graciously allowed us to share her thoughts on studying another language in another country for those who are curious about doing the same.... Read More ...

How to Survive the Subways in Europe

How to Survive the Subways in Europe

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 4, 2015 in Travel

Don’t even think about a rental car. When traveling Europe, underground train lines, called metros, can take you almost anywhere throughout the city. All of the subways in Europe have their quirks, and each city has a unique system. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to see just about everything a... Read More ...

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 22, 2015 in Travel

Taking three day bus trips is a very common thing to do when studying in or planning a trip to Rome. It allows you to see as much as possible in the least amount of time. The best part about three day bus trips is that they fit comfortably within any week-long visit to Rome,... Read More ...

Fun London Facts

Fun London Facts

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 22, 2015 in Travel

London has always been a place that tourists from all over the world flock to experience history and culture. It is the biggest city in Europe and the former capital of a vast empire. London was founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, and has endured many hardships and victories on its journey to... Read More ...

A Quick Breakdown of the Winter Olympics

A Quick Breakdown of the Winter Olympics

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2015 in Travel

From the very first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 to now, the world has gathered around to compete in friendly rivalries over ice and snow. A lot of incredible moments have been imprinted in Olympic history through the years, and we can only imagine what’s in store for the 2014 Sochi Games this year. First... Read More ...

Featured Customer: De-Neita Peoples Study Abroad in London

Featured Customer: De-Neita Peoples Study Abroad in London

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

De-Neita Peoples, a 25 year old Atlas Travel® customer who is currently traveling Europe, strives to live by the saying, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these”.... Read More ...

Featured Customer: Touring Olympic Park

Featured Customer: Touring Olympic Park

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

As the final days of De-Neita People’s study abroad trip are drawing closer, there are a couple things that she has planned to complete her “to-do” list. Although she has been working hard in her law classes, she has made time to see just about all of the amazing attractions London has to offer.  She ... Read More ...

Europe Package Tours

Europe Package Tours

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 2, 2015 in Travel

Many love the independence of setting their own schedule and changing it on a whim. For others, Europe Package Tours are the only way to go. The choices are many; from country specific to whirlwind highlight tours to specialty tours. If you’re planning a trip to Europe this year, consider booking a seat on one of these tours and enjoy.... Read More ...

Dog Sledding in Sweden

Dog Sledding in Sweden

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on February 26, 2015 in Travel

Set yourself apart from the pack and sign up for a dog sledding trip to Sweden. Your inner adventurer will be fulfilled by mushing through an action-packed getaway in Sweden’s rugged Lapland region. Learn to “mush” with your own team of huskies through forests of pines. ... Read More ...

Backpack in Germany

Backpack in Germany

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 6, 2015 in Travel

Leisurely backpacking around Europe has become the dream of many young Americans. While there are many places to go, some people are drawn to the friendly culture and lively beer gardens of Germany. If you want to backpack in Germany but aren’t sure where to start, check out these suggestions for how to prepare, where... Read More ...

J’aime Les Belges: An American Girl’s Day in Brussels

J’aime Les Belges: An American Girl’s Day in Brussels

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on February 5, 2015 in Travel

While my stay in Brussels was short—only one day—the city still managed to convince me that it should never be overlooked. Conveniently located between Paris and Amsterdam, my friends and I decided to make it a stop on one of our weekend excursions while we studied abroad. Here’s what we found.... Read More ...

A Good Girl's Guide To Amsterdam

A Good Girl's Guide To Amsterdam

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on January 20, 2015 in Travel

Judging by the reactions of my older family members and friends, it seems there is a common misconception that young adults only travel to Amsterdam for the party scene and some wild nights. However, for me and my girlfriends, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Behind the stereotypes you’ll find a beautiful and culturally.... Read More ...

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 3, 2014 in Study Abroad

When choosing where to study abroad, U.S. students often think of popular destinations, such as Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and the U.K. All of these countries offer rich cultural experiences and top-tier academic programs, but there are several excellent college and university options that students tend to overlook.... Read More ...

Shop 'til You Drop in London

Shop 'til You Drop in London

Posted by Randee Portteus on September 18, 2014 in Travel

Though London is rich in history, sometimes a traveler wants to explore what’s going on today in the city. One way to do this in London is to explore the wide-ranging and exhilarating network of markets. Here are ten to get you started... Read More ...

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Posted by Randee Portteus on August 5, 2014 in Travel

The capital of Ireland is a city as rich in literature as it is in history. In this post, you’ll learn a little bit about the tradition of literature in Ireland, as well as some of the best places to go to get your literary fix.... Read More ...

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Backpacking through Europe is a vacation that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The sights of the Old World combined with travel-friendly countries are attractive to all types of tourists.... Read More ...

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Traveling is becoming a growing trend among today’s student population. Most students tend to travel to Western Europe or Australia in order to study abroad in countries that are culturally similar to their homes, but college mission trips offer an exciting alternative to the traditional college student trip. College mission trips take place all over the world similar to study abroad programs. While many missionaries flock to a few typical destinations to work (Haiti and Mexico top many lists for good mission fields), you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing a place to volunteer abroad. If you’re looking for a unique place to lend a hand, consider our top 5 alternative destinations:... Read More ...

Best Parisian Food and Where to Find It

Best Parisian Food and Where to Find It

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on May 9, 2014 in Travel

If you ever get the chance to go to Paris I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the “City of Lights” the second you step onto the sidewalks and are flooded with the delectable smells of French cuisine. That is, if your nose isn’t filled with cigarette smoke first. Let’s be real, you only have a limited amount of time in the city, should you decide to go. So, unless you are moving there and have a lifetime to try every dish in the city, you are going to have to prioritize your meals.... Read More ...

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

What’s your ideal travel destination? For some, discovering all your home country has to offer is more than enough. Others are content to visit theme parks every opportunity they get. Those who love the outdoors have no shortage of choices. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing – the list goes on and on.... Read More ...

Travel Tips for Europe

Travel Tips for Europe

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Whenever you are considering a trip to a new place, it’s always a good idea to do research before you leave home. With that in mind, you are on the hunt for some good travel tips for Europe, and you know that there is a lot of learning ahead of you before you can travel with some idea of what you are doing. We thought we would lend a hand by compiling our own list of easy travel tips for Europe that might help make your European tour more enjoyable and just a little easier to manage.... Read More ...

The Benefits of Traveling Spain by Train

The Benefits of Traveling Spain by Train

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

The United Nations World Trade Organization Tourism Highlights study says that Spain is the fourth most popular nation in the world for international tourist arrivals. If you are looking for a way to spice up your travel and try something new, you may want to consider traveling Spain by train on your next vacation.... Read More ...

Working Abroad in Italy

Working Abroad in Italy

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Living and working abroad in Italy is a great experience that can provide both a resume builder and a life-changing experience. It is also becoming a popular destination for professionals to get gainful employment during the recession. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Italy’s unemployment rate was 1% less than that of the United States in 2010,... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in England

How to Study Abroad in England

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

England is consistently one of the top places for study abroad students to extend their travels and studies for many reasons. One of the top reasons to study abroad in England is that it is an English speaking area, and saves students the hassle of a language barrier. Once you have made you last final... Read More ...

Study Abroad in Spain

Study Abroad in Spain

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an exciting time for any student who takes advantage of the opportunity to learn and travel in a different country. However, one of the most difficult decisions you have to make before studying abroad is deciding where you actually want to go. Many students choose to study in countries like England and... Read More ...

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to dream destinations, many list grand European cities like Paris or Venice or exotic beach locales like Hawaii or Aruba. Those are great locations, but right now, for me, Iceland tops the list. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen (admittedly from afar) a country as beautiful as this island nation.... Read More ...

Hiking in Italy

Hiking in Italy

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Italy has a plethora of walking and hiking trails for the adventurous traveler. If you’re looking for a great place to get close to nature, consider going to Italy for your next vacation. There are many trails for the amateur, as well as plenty of places for the serious, experienced hikers... Read More ...

Live Local -- It's the Only Way to Travel

Live Local -- It's the Only Way to Travel

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Photo courtesy of Trey Ratcliff. A new service was recently launched in Berlin where travelers can hook up with a local to tour the city and learn how to imbed themselves into the local culture of the German capital. This struck me as one of the greatest travel, and business, ideas I had heard of... Read More ...

Guide to Events of the Winter Olympics

Guide to Events of the Winter Olympics

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There are tons of great events in Sochi at the XXII Winter Olympics. Here are a few events that you may want to watch out for. If you are looking for some great Olympic competition, then look no further than the 2014 ice events. Here is a little more information about the sports. For more... Read More ...

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Summer is the most popular time of year for European travel. While many pack their bags to see ancient ruins, gothic castles, and priceless works of art, others make the trek for the opportunity to catch the best in live music.... Read More ...

Sochi Cuisine: Five Foods to Try, Five to Avoid

Sochi Cuisine: Five Foods to Try, Five to Avoid

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to Sochi, Russia, this year for the Winter Olympics? We’ve got a list of five Russian foods and Sochi cuisine that you’ll definitely want to sample while you are there, along with a list of five foods you should avoid if you’re at all queasy when trying new foods and textures. A Ukrainian beet-based... Read More ...

Planning for Oktoberfest

Planning for Oktoberfest

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Prost! Fall is here and to German traditionalists and beer enthusiasts alike that can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a historic and lively 16-day beer festival in Munich, Germany. People travel far and wide to experience Bavaria’s one-of-a-kind celebration, and needless to say, it demands ample preparation. While it is free to attend... Read More ...

Top Destinations for Travel in 2013

Top Destinations for Travel in 2013

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

So it turns out the Mayans were wrong and 2013 will actually happen. Not that we have that squared away, the next question is where to go. Deciding on a destination varies greatly depending on budget, travel experience, travel style and many other factors, but the fact remains that choosing a vacation spot can be... Read More ...

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You might know someone who took a European tour this summer. More often than not, European itineraries consist of the popular few cities: London, Paris, Barcelona, and maybe even Berlin. Why not challenge the “Eurotrip” norm? With one of the world’s largest populations, amazing historical sites, noteworthy shopping, and a lively nightlife, this article should... Read More ...

Sochi Travel Cheat Sheet

Sochi Travel Cheat Sheet

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The Olympics in Sochi, Russia, provide a great opportunity to see one of the most interesting and fun cities in Russia. While you’re there, not only will you be able to enjoy the Olympic Games, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy many experiences unique to Sochi. There’s still time to make last-minute... Read More ...

Travel to Europe with Kids: Let Her Eat Cake

Travel to Europe with Kids: Let Her Eat Cake

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~Mark Twain Marty’s Story Travel to Europe with kids can be challenging. But does traveling with your children make you a better parent? One of our customers, Marty Muse, believes it does. ... Read More ...

Travel Together in Europe: An American Serviceman and Wife

Travel Together in Europe: An American Serviceman and Wife

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

After graduating from college, many of John Carroll’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers worked in cubicles. John’s career path was slightly different. He flew F-18s. After 20 years of military service as a Naval Aviator, including flying combat missions in Iraq, John retired from the Marines and secured work in the private sector. But before... Read More ...

Types of Missionary Trips

Types of Missionary Trips

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Missionary trips can take you almost anywhere in the world. Before you decide where you want to go for your big service experience, you should consider the kind of work you want to do. Different locations offer different types of experiences. Take a look at these types of missionary trips and find one that is ... Read More ...

What to Do in London During Summer Olympics 2012

What to Do in London During Summer Olympics 2012

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Massive amounts of people are flooding into London for the summer Olympics of 2012. Many people have tickets to spectate some of the dramatic and eye-catching sports. However, there are still plenty who don’t have tickets and are in town to simply enjoy the energy and bustle of the city during this exciting time. ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in October

Where to Travel in October

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Autumn leaves are frequently looked over when you are traveling through your home town. In order to truly appreciate the beauty of fall and all of the colors that come with it, taking a holiday trip may help you see the wonders of the world with a different perspective. Here are some ideas on where ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in March

Where to Travel in March

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling in March may seem like an odd time to vacation, but in reality there are many unique events that make it a great time to go, especially if the weather in your area is getting you down. From festivals to nature spectacles, as well as off-season bargains, a March vacation can be the experience... Read More ...

Where to Travel in January

Where to Travel in January

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There is a hefty crowd that is tired out from the holidays, but there are also a select few who decide to travel in January. Because of this, you can find some of the best travel deals during this month. You can find airlines selling cheaper tickets just to try and fill the planes. ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in Europe

Where to Travel in Europe

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to Europe means a lot of new experiences for anyone. No matter how many times you travel in Europe, there is always something new to do and somewhere new to go. Which makes you wonder, “Where should I travel in Europe?” Here are some of the best places to travel in Europe:... Read More ...

Featured Customer: London Farewell

Featured Customer: London Farewell

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

De-Neita has done just about everything in London on her “to-do” list, but her main focus right now is her trip to Italy. Starting off in Rome, De-Neita did as much as she could in the time that she had. It is nearly impossible to see all of Rome in a lifetime, let alone a ... Read More ...

Short Term Mission Trips Around the World

Short Term Mission Trips Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You cannot be away from work, school, or family very long, but you still want to go on a mission trip. That is no problem because many mission trip organizations offer short term mission trips for people just like you!... Read More ...

Tips for Traveling to Switzerland

Tips for Traveling to Switzerland

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

These tips for traveling to Switzerland can help you navigate the culture and customs that will be around you. From booking your tickets to deciding where to stay, this article can help you make the most out of your trip. Here are some tips for traveling to Switzerland.... Read More ...

Tips to Travel Europe on a Budget

Tips to Travel Europe on a Budget

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Traveling can be expensive, and no one likes that. If you are smart about the way you travel, then you can actually save money, which allows you to travel more often or for longer periods of time.... Read More ...

Planning a Trip to Europe

Planning a Trip to Europe

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You have decided you want to go to Europe, but there is just one problem: You have no idea how to plan a trip to Europe. You can relax a little bit. Our short guide will give you the stepping-stones that are necessary to turn a huge journey into a manageable checklist.... Read More ...

Travel in Eastern Europe - Finding My Family Roots and Battling Techeniye

Travel in Eastern Europe - Finding My Family Roots and Battling Techeniye

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Last year, Phil headed to Europe. The plan was to visit friends in Italy, then head to Bulgaria and end up in Istanbul, Turkey. Phil ended up in Koper, a small port town in the southwest of Slovenia. Koper is the oldest city in Slovenia and was part of Italy and Yugoslavia before gaining independence in 1991. But none of that was on Phil’s mind as he walked the streets of the city.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in February

Where to Travel in February

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The winter months provide great opportunities for you to travel all over the world. Because traditional summer vacation spots are not overly crowded, you can enjoy the beach with far fewer people. However, February is also a great time to go check out those places that get a lot of snow, sit by the fire,... Read More ...

After Sochi: Extending Your European Adventure

After Sochi: Extending Your European Adventure

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 17, 2014 in Travel

If you find yourself in Sochi for the Olympic Games, you might as well extend your trip to check out what’s in the area. Here are few places you may want to go if you choose to stick around after the Olympics ends. The financial and political center of Russia, Moscow is one of... Read More ...

International Travel Accidents Infographic

International Travel Accidents Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 15, 2012 in Travel

If you’re planning an international trip, be aware of various potential hazards that exist in some of the top destinations around the world. Whether it’s a case of food poisoning, sports adventure accidents, or any other accident or medical-related emergency, it’s better to be cautious.... Read More ...