How To Do NYC In Two Hours

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Inspired by Sara’s 24 Things To See & Do In Vancouver In (Just Over) 24 Hours I thought I would write up a quick little post about my recent whirlwind tour of New York City, or, more accurately, the 4 square miles around Times Square. I was actually in NYC for a concert. My favourite Korean pop group, VIXX, held a concert at Terminal 5 last week and of course I bought VIP Meet and...
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Travel Narrative Book Review: WILD by Cheryl Strayed

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The other night I was sitting around when something dawned on me out of the blue. “What the hell,” I muttered, “Don’t tell me I missed it…” I pulled up IMDB and sure enough… I hadn’t missed anything. What I had remembered suddenly was that the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was due in theatres somewhere around the end of the year. It turns...
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6 Smartphone Apps for All Your Travel Adventure Needs

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I’m in the midst of planning various trips for the next year or so – New York for a VIXX k-pop concert, Berlin and Prague for Christmas and New Years, possibly Austria to see my favourite musical Elisabeth, and eventually the U.K. and Japan. I’ve been obsessively checking flights and hotels and city guides to prepare for my travel adventures. Seeing as how I am one of those people who’s perpetually glued to their smartphone, I...
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Chasing the Sun in Kauai

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I think we’ve officially hit that time of year where people in the Northern hemisphere start dreaming of sand and sun. The year is almost over and we’re feeling tired and in desperate need of vacay. Plus, it’s starting to get cold and, for Canadians like me, this is just a taste of what’s to come: Snow. Sleet. Freezing temperatures. No, thank you. It’s with all of this in mind that I find myself feeling the...
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4 Easy (and Kind of Fun) Ways to Save Money for Travelling

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Ask anyone what the number one thing stopping them from travelling right now is and I’m willing to bet that they’ll say “money”. In almost every conversation I’ve taken part in on the subject, the financial burden of travel always seems to come out on top (with getting time off work coming in a close second). This isn’t really that surprising; travel doesn’t have to be expensive but it does cost money. With the costs of day-to-day...
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One Year Ago Today…

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Last month we quietly marked our first full year of blogging here at The Let’s Go Ladies. Yes, believe it or not we’ve actually been at this for a full 12 months! It’s crazy how quickly the time has flown by! We were in the middle of Study Abroad month, so we didn’t end up marking the anniversary (which I’m preeeetty sure was September 9th). BUT! That’s okay because today we have another exciting anniversary...
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Travel Narrative Book Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

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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

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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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