Travel Narrative Book Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost, Rachel Friedman, travel literature, books, reviews

Ah, September. We hardly knew you! September is drawing to a close and with it, our month of study abroad tips, tricks, and stories. We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about everything from dorms to homestays, how to make friends and how not to make an ass of yourself when going to school overseas. It’s been a good time. But what if going to university or college, overseas or otherwise, just isn’t your thing? What if studying abroad to...
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Convincing the ‘Rents to Let You Study Abroad

Studying Abroad Objections

So you’re ready to study abroad and believe you’re a fully-fledged adult ready to take on the world. Ha! Unfortunately, some people won’t be able to make that decision solely by themselves, especially if you have over-protective parents (I speak from experience here). Until you have kids of your own, your parents will always think of you as “their baby” (and probably not even then!) If you don’t want family holidays to be awkward-fests for the next...
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Living in Dorms While Studying Abroad (Or, “Did I Ever Tell You About the Armed Guards?”)

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When I was going to school in China I lived in a dormitory. In fact, all students at this school - Chinese or Canadian, local or from afar – had to live on site. I had a lot of eye-opening experiences while I studied abroad, and I think it’s safe to say that most of them took place in those dorms. Dorms are many things: They’re your home, your study hall (even when you also have mandated study hall to...
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How to Win Local Friends (But Probably Not Influence People) When Studying Abroad

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Clearly, having friends is important no matter what your personal situation. However, there’s one mistake that a lot of study abroad students make: they stick to their usual crowd. Students tend to make friends with those who speak the same language or those from the same country. It’s not surprising. During those first few weeks, it’s easy to become lost and isolated in a foreign country. Being able to communicate with people who understand you, or people...
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The Let’s Go Ladies Live-Blog The Amazing Race Canada, Season 2 SEASON FINALE!

The Amazing Race Canada, season 2 finale, CTV, Canada, travel, adventure

This it IT, Go-Getters! Tonight is the season finale of The Amazing Race Canada! I’ll be live-bloggging the final leg here TONIGHT at 8 pm EST (yes, a different day and time for some reason) on The Let’s Go Ladies! You can follow along with my commentary in real time, tweet with me during the episode (@TheLetsGoLadies) and, if you miss the episode, just check back to find out what happened! To keep us busy until airtime, let’s check out the last question:...
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4 Rules For a Happy Homestay Experience

Homestay Advice

What’s one of the coolest things about studying abroad? Homestays! Living with a host family in another country with a mom, dad and siblings is always an eye-opening experience. You get an inside peak at every day life, rather than just sitting in a classroom reading about it. Want to make the best of your homestay experience? Try out these four tips:   Pretend You’re Fluent One of the best parts of a homestay is being immersed...
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3 Lessons You Don’t Have To Learn The Hard Way When Studying Abroad

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Let’s be real here: As much as studying abroad is an incredible chance to experience a foreign culture while pursuing your studies, it can also present a number of learning opportunities of a different variety as well. Studying in a different country can be fairly liberating; it might even be your first time away from home and away from your family. Cue the debauchery and free-bird lifestyle you’ve always wanted! You’re so free! You can do whatever you...
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The Let’s Go Ladies Live-Blog The Amazing Race Canada: Season 2, Episode 11!

The Amazing Race Canada, travel, Canada, CTV

Holy snap, can you believe that this week is the second last episode of The Amazing Race Canada? Every week starting at 9 p.m. EST, I live-blog the latest episode here on The Let’s Go Ladies! You can follow along with my commentary in real time, tweet with me during the episode (@TheLetsGoLadies) and, if you miss the episode, just check back to find out what happened! To keep us busy until airtime, let’s check out this week’s question: Race...
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6 Useful Apps For Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad Apps

Skype This is one of the best apps for keeping in touch with family and friends back home when studying abroad. It works over Wi-Fi on your phone and has video chat. Don’t use it too much though, or you might start feeling homesick! Skype for iPhone Skype for Android SitOrSquat Ever been out in public and heard the call of Mother Nature? Depending on which country you’re in, you might expect to find a...
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YOU SHOULD READ THIS Link Round-Up for September 12th

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Every Friday, Sara and Candice put together a list of interesting reads from around the interwebs and tell each other “YOU SHOULD READ THIS.”   Candice Thinks Sara Should Read  The Blonde Abroad: Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London I’m not sure there’s another person on this planet who understands my love for Harry Potter as much as you do.  This post has so many pictures, it’s almost like being there – except...
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