Packing Cube Review: Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Last year, my friend, colleague, and study abroad co-leader Michelle B. introduced me to packing cubes, which have completely changed the way I pack and travel. Now my suitcase is leaner and more organized than ever–and there’s no going back! After a bit of online research, I chose two kinds of packing cubes, both from […]

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Travel Cards

Choosing the Best Travel Rewards Credit Card: Chase Sapphire vs. BarclayCard

Last year, I spent a lot of time researching travel rewards credit cards as we prepared for our trip to China. Though my airfare was covered by the study abroad program I was leading, we knew we would have a lot of travel-related expenses to cover (Jesse’s airfare, our lodging and travel costs after the […]

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Travel Guide: What Not to Miss in Memphis, Tennessee… 5. Eat a fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich at The Arcade: Decidedly not good for you, but delightful nonetheless, is Elvis’ favorite sandwich at Memphis’s oldest restaurant–and one that claims the King as a regular. (Order a tall glass of milk with your sandwich. You’re going to need it.) If […]

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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Travel Guide: What Not to Miss in Music City, USA… 5. Fill-in-Your-Own-Music-Experience: There’s a little something musical for everyone here. Country fan? Head to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Grand Ole Opry more your speed? Check. There’s a Johnny Cash museum‘, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and dozens upon dozens of live-music venues. Pick […]

Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

Top 5 Things to Do in Orlando, Florida (Besides Disney)

We all love a good theme park, and Orlando’s got plenty of those. But the City Beautiful has a lot more to offer than just roller coasters and animatronics. Orlando is home to more than two million residents who love the city beyond the parks. If you’re visiting the city, here are five things I […]

Choosing a Study Abroad Program

This past summer, I co-led a study abroad trip that brought sixteen students from an American university to the Nanjing University of Science and Technology. The students took a Chinese language class from NUST, and my co-leader and I taught a travel writing class. It was an amazing journey, one that I wouldn’t trade for […]

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Florida in Winter: 5 Things Not to Miss

Growing up in Florida, winter was nothing special. It was that season when the weather wasn’t blindingly hot–but was never really that cold, either. I can count on one hand the Christmases I remember spending in anything heavier than a long-sleeve shirt. (Most of the time, I was out playing in shorts and a t-shirt […]

Hong Kong: Our Last Weekend in China

The two months Jesse and I spent in China this summer were transformative. And I can’t imagine a better place to end our time in the country than in Hong Kong: dynamic, beautiful, exciting. There, we ate the best baked BBQ pork buns of our lives at Tim Ho Wan (oh, dim sum, how I […]

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packing for months abroad

How to Pack Light for Months in a Carry-on Bag

Before leaving for China this summer, I knew two things: 1. I didn’t want to bring a lot of stuff with me. (Implication being: I wanted to bring stuff back. Oh, the shopping!) 2. I didn’t want to get completely bored with my clothes. (I’m kind of girly–what can I say? I didn’t want to feel like […]