7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Study Abroad in a Western Country

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing against Western countries—I'm a U.S. citizen and I am very aware of the privilege that gives me to travel, let alone to have preferences on where I want to go. However, I said what I said. I've never had a burning CONTINUE READING

Debunking 8 Common Travel Grant & Scholarship Myths (You CAN Win!)

I remember volunteering at my university's Scholarship Office booth during the annual Study Abroad Fair, and adamantly trying to convince people to apply for international grants scholarships. The keyword here being convince. The dominating thought in my mind was, why would anyone not want free money? And second of all, CONTINUE READING

The Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Living in Washington, D.C.

I've lived in the DMV for the past 8 years, but only recently moved to Washington D.C. And I love it! Having visited more than 29 countries and countless cities, D.C. is still one of my favorites—and here are my top 5 reasons why. 1. The interesting (often free!) weekly events. CONTINUE READING

Analyzing “Blackness” Around the World: Black Travel & Culture, Shermee (23) – YTN Interview

The Young Travelers Network Series showcases candid interviews of young people worldwide and the inspiring stories of how they navigate their lives and travels. From high school trips abroad to becoming an expat in some of the most remote corners of the world, these young travelers share their stories to CONTINUE READING

Tips For Your First TEDx Application and Audition (Extra: Tips for Young TEDx Applicants!)

Yesterday I auditioned to be a TEDx speaker. I'm only 23-years-old, and I was the youngest speaker auditioning by about 20 years. My ultimate goal is to encourage other young people to seek risk and seize opportunities like this, but these tips will be general enough for anyone to use CONTINUE READING

Airbnb Questions to Ask Your Host Before Booking Your Stay

If you have questions about anything that isn't clearly listed in the Airbnb description, you have good reason to ask your Airbnb about before you reserve it, and definitely before you arrive at the destination. A slightly vague description is not necessarily a sign of a bad Airbnb—factors such as CONTINUE READING

How You Can Travel With Student Loan Debt (Brittany V., 25) – YTN

The Young Traveler's Network Series showcases candid interviews of young people worldwide and the inspiring stories of how they navigate their lives and travels. From studying abroad to becoming an expat in some of the most remote corners of the world, these young travelers share their stories to educate, inspire, CONTINUE READING

AirBnb Tips for Guests: Survival Tips You Need to Know Before You Book!

If you're anything like how I was before my first Airbnb stay, at this moment you are anxious and have a ton of questions. But if you're a seasoned traveler, or just really brave, perhaps you're diving in head first! And that's good—though I promise you at some point you will CONTINUE READING