03 Nov Staying Healthy While Traveling

[caption id="attachment_2168" align="alignright" width="300"] If you'll be living somewhere for a while, maybe think about buying a bike![/caption] Changing altitude, people from all over the globe, different climate--OH MY! How on earth is a traveler supposed to stay healthy while roaming? Here are a few quick and very easy tips on how to keep your immune system in tip top shape while you are adventuring: 1. Drink so much water! Of all the tips we will talk about today, this is truly the most important one! Staying hydrated will help keep your body in balance, despite your new and changing surroundings. 2. Go for a walk, a run, a stretch, etc. -- Especially after sitting on a plane or train for who knows how many hours, make sure to stretch it out. Even while en route, walking the aisle of the plane or train is great for your circulation, especially on trips longer than a handful of hours. Your legs will thank you later! 3. Pack snacks...

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28 Oct Packing is HARD

[caption id="attachment_2145" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We've all been here, haven't we? Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] So, I can't be the only one who puts off packing for a big trip until the last minute. I read up on all the tips on Pinterest and watch countless videos about the best packing methods. Yet somehow, when I go to pack, I end up with a terribly heavy, overpacked suitcase and a stressed out mind. Packing is just hard, and it always sneaks up on me. I think packing, especially for a long trip, is different for each person and adventure--however, I do have some basic tips to offer! 1. Start early. Stop putting it off, okay? I know there's a lot to do in the weeks and days leading up to a trip, but if you start setting aside items a few weeks ahead of time then they are out of your way and you won't forget them. Keep a notebook with you and write down things you randomly remember you need to get or pack--don't just rely on your memory to keep track of it all, especially with all the other things you probably have on your plate with a big trip coming up. 2. They mean it...

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21 Oct “be here—“, a guest poem

[caption id="attachment_2148" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Photo by Bethany Rogers[/caption] Bethany Rogers is a Michigan native who enjoys coffee, traveling, running, the moon, wine and puns. Here, swoon at her poetry with me: be here -- "Let's get outta here," adventure cries, her scattered little soul dancing at the thought of new cities, new sights, new soil, keeping time with the waltz of her feet -- feet which have long since resigned to the familiar fatigue which exists only to one who chooses to recognize the similarities between 'lost' and 'found,' rather than the differences. "But remember that time...

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14 Oct Ah, nothing like Autumn in Prague

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” --L.M. Montgomery [caption id="attachment_2125" align="aligncenter" width="225"] My favorite season, Autumn, in one of my favorite cities, Prague. -- Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] I got into the great routine of running everyday while I was in Prague. I knew I wanted to spend as much time outside experiencing the city as I could, so I incorporated running into my everyday adventures--and oh what a difference it made. I was in Prague from the end of August to the beginning of December. So, I got to experience my very favorite season amidst castles and cobblestone streets. If there is one thing I know, it's that fall looks great on Prague. During the week, I would normally run after school. I would venture off to my favorite park--Letna. Since Letna was situated on the top of a hill, I would usually run through the city to the closest tram that would take me up the hill. From there I would run a loop that took me through tunnels of trees, past dog clubs and slack liners, amidst skaters and bikers, past the bum who lived under the tree, next to the beer garden, on top of one of the greatest views of the city, and back to my tram stop. It was the perfect little run--not too short or too long, and I could always extend or shorten it if I wanted. Somedays I...

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05 Oct How traveling taught me to listen: {stop. look. listen.}

[caption id="attachment_2175" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Appreciate quite moments in unfamiliar places.[/caption] So you’re sitting in a busy coffee shop on a Sunday afternoon, chatting with a friend who is just across the table from you. Although there are at least 20 other people in this small space all having their own conversations, it is no problem for you to tune out the other conversations around you and engage in your own. Think of all the words, sayings, inflections, laughs, exclamations, et cetera that are happening in this little shop, and yet your brain has no problem focusing on only the words involved in your conversation. When broken down like this, it may seem like some sort of feat that we all do this everyday when really it is like a second nature now. That all changes when you’re tossed into an entirely new culture and language, however… I remember my first few moments in Prague: it was like all of my senses were heightened and sharpened. I could hear everything, smell everything, and see everything so clearly—talk about overwhelming ( in the best way! ). I especially remember my ears being entirely alert because of the new language surrounding me. New sounds, new words, new accents—and although I couldn’t understand any of it yet, I was entirely intrigued and loved listening. Listening: something I came back from Europe much better at. Of course it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, always. It’s especially...

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23 Sep The Time is Now

[caption id="attachment_2177" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The time is now featuring StealBackTime watch.[/caption] Alright, so this is a new type of blog post where Carly gets pretty passionate about YOU stepping out of your comfort zone and crushing the fear and the "I can't". Here we go. We all know that person ( or multiple persons...

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15 Sep Basic Study Abroad Questions: Answered!

[caption id="attachment_2180" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Have questions about study abroad? Here are some answers![/caption] After and during my study abroad last year, I was bombarded with questions--and I loved it! If helping people understand why and how they can study abroad will help them do it, by all means ask me questions for days. Here are some of your common questions, answered. 1. Why study abroad? Personally, I always knew I wanted to study abroad--it simply seemed appealing to me. Studying abroad allows you as a student to take advantage of being a student! Many things involving travel are cheaper as a student, and there are many, many scholarships exclusively for study abroad! You're also pretty free at this age, you know? Yeah, you have a family and friends and relationships and all that...

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10 Sep Unwinding While Traveling

[caption id="attachment_2183" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Take some time to unwind.[/caption] While many people travel for relaxation, the act of traveling can sometimes get stressful. Catching flights, buses, trains, boats, etc. Trying your best not to forget to pack something. Getting homesick. Getting lost. There are a handful of things that could go wrong...

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01 Sep Writing and the Brain: Making the most of your travel journal

[caption id="attachment_2186" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Travel journals are such a great tool! Especially when you get a chance to go look back on them.[/caption] What is it about writing—the physical act of pen to paper—that seems to have this eternal, romanticized life? With technology perpetually on the rise, this seemingly old-fashioned event has yet to decline. Maybe it’s because studies show that physically writing helps with memory by bringing the information you’re working with to the literal forefront of the brain which helps you pay closer attention to what you’re writing. On top of that, listening combined with writing assists the brain in filtering out less relevant information and as you continue to add neurologically stimulating layers (ie. creative writing, storytelling, etc) and interactive ploys, your brain catches on even faster and naturally remembers the “important” stuff. Studies also show that writing, as far as our brains are concerned, might as well be doing—by writing, we can easily trick our brains into “rehearsing” or even experiencing...

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27 Aug Don’t be afraid to get lost, because you definitely will

[caption id="attachment_2190" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] I remember my jaw hitting the floor when I first laid eyes on the biking utopia that is Amsterdam. I blinked hard, knowing I had to be seeing things. I shook my head in true cartoon disbelief fashion and continued to stare, mouth agape, at such a wonder. Mind you, I arrived in Amsterdam around 6am and was entirely amazed by the handfuls of people cycling the bike lanes speeding to work or home or school--I had no idea what I was in for come mid afternoon the next day. I've always loved biking. Growing up in a rural area of Michigan I understood biking as riding around the country block no handed in the middle of the road at sunset, no cars in sight. You can imagine how I felt arriving in one of the most bike friendly cities in the world: Amsterdam. Fun fact: there are approximately 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam and nearly 63% of Amsterdammers use their bikes on a daily basis! Wow. Once, while on a walking tour in Amsterdam, my tour guide e told me that there are some 7,000 bikes fished from the canals each year, too! Double wow. Fear not, because you don't have to be a native Amsterdammer to experience this magnificent biking city for yourself. There are over 35 bike rental companies in Amsterdam-- so for a relatively inexpensive price, you can feel like a local for a few...

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