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The 6 Most Unique Places to Study Abroad

By Chaitanya Bala

You’ve all read numerous blogs about the best places to study abroad. Pretty much all of those blogs will list out numerous European countries as the best places. According to U.S. News, 53% of American students that study abroad are doing so in European countries, with 12.6% of all those study abroad students going to England. *Yawn* Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think studying abroad in Europe is a bad idea at all. It’s the hub of Western history, and a great site for cultural and linguistic exposure. But let’s be honest here – there are so many unique and whimsical study abroad destinations you can consider that are fresh and not so over-traveled. And when your best friend is telling you about her rather basic study abroad experience, practicing her English and drinking tea in London, you can tell her about your stroll along the….I don’t know…zebra-filled savannas of Africa. Now, what sounds more exciting? So here it is – the adventure-filled list of the 6 most unusual places to study abroad!

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Safe Travels after the Brussels Bombings? Here’s What to Do.

Brussels BombingsIn case you haven’t been keeping up with the news lately, this past Tuesday morning was an absolutely dreadful day for the citizens of Brussels, Belgium, and is considered the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history. On the morning of March 22nd, three synchronized nail bombings took place in three different parts of Brussels: two at Brussels Airport, and one at the Maelbeek Metro Station. Thirty-one victims were proclaimed dead, and another 270 people were injured. As if the Paris Attacks from last November didn’t cause enough apprehension throughout the world, the Brussels Bombings have really reaffirmed people’s fears of traveling, reversing the progress that was beginning to occur. But that progress doesn’t have to stop. As difficult as it is to believe traveling abroad is still okay and possible right now, we can still do it. We can still stay safe and enjoy our vacations in peace. We just need to be careful. So here are some tips and alternatives, as well as some of the things you should be made aware of, so you can still enjoy your travels – safely!


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A Guide to Groupon Getaways: The Hub of Budget Traveling

By Chaitanya Bala

RarWe all want an amazing vacation, but who’s got the money to dish out on exquisite vacations regularly? Well, that just might not have to be a problem anymore. In case you’ve never heard of Groupon, it’s pretty much the heart of discounted products and services, whether you’re seeking a nice foot massage, or a juicy Philly steak sandwich that’s 50% off. But guess what – it’s also an amazing place to gain access to amazing deals on exotic travel destinations, cruises, and hotels! But before you start bargaining away, you should probably have an idea of how to navigate around the site and what all the different tabs offer you. First things first. As soon as you get to the main Groupon page, make sure to click on Getaways, the fourth menu item on the top. Once you get here, you’ll be able to find all the deals you want based on the regions you’d like to visit, particular interests, and the top rated destinations from other users. Let’s delve into these subcategories a little further!


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Ireland: The Land of Golf, Pubs, and Much More!

By Chaitanya Bala

IrelandIn honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to give you guys the 411 on the motherland that started it all: Ireland! I got the chance to sit down with USI Affinity’s CMO, Mike Murphy, and discuss his many trips to Ireland. He accredits his grandparents to being his initial inspiration to go to Ireland back in 1994. “I’m of Irish descent, so of course I wanted to visit one day,” he says. His grandparents grew up in an orphanage in County Cork in southern Ireland, after which they immigrated to the United States. After having gone back to the country of his ancestors a few times now, Mike has one thing he absolutely loves about Ireland: the plethora of amazing places to play golf and the beautiful countryside. But he has a full list of things you need to check out if you plan to go to Ireland anytime soon. So keep reading to get the inside scoop on everything you need to know for your trip to Ireland!


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What NOT to Do On St. Paddy’s Day

By Chaitanya Bala

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun time. Who doesn’t love rocking those funky leprechaun top hats and green bling? And let’s not forget the fun parties everywhere. But the best part of St. Patrick’s Day is undoubtedly chugging back a few pints of Guinness. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, the Irish Car Bomb. (Hey if you drink quickly enough, it kind of tastes like a milkshake!) However, the greater levels of alcohol consumption on St. Patrick’s Day also mean more reckless actions, including drunk driving, which leads to DUIs and car accidents. As much fun and joy the holiday brings, you want to make sure you’re equally responsible and well-prepared for the day – whether you’re drinking or not. Here are the 5 most foolish things you could possibly do on St. Patrick’s Day (that we recommend you DO NOT do)!

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