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What to See Your First Time in Moscow

My expectations before my first time in Moscow were low. Would it only be Soviet-style buildings and melancholy designs? But, after exiting the Leningradsky Vokzal, the train station with trains to and from Saint Petersburg, Moscow immediately proved me wrong. Moscow is like New York City...

Russia Packing Guide for Studying Abroad in Winter

Packing is difficult for me. It stresses me out. I either put it off until last-minute or pack weeks in advance, leaving me weeks to overthink every single item. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a Russia packing guide.  In preparation for four months in Russia, I packed and...

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Guide to Saint Petersburg for First-Timers

The guide to Saint Petersburg I read before moving to the city did not prepare me for life in this city. Palaces dressed in soft hues with swirling ornaments transported me to a time of royalty. My eye for the Russian Empire’s splendor diminished as I crossed yet another canal via a...

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AIFS Review: Studying Abroad In Saint Petersburg

During the Spring 2017 academic semester, I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia with AIFS. I was nervous to study with a program I knew little about, so today I’m sharing my AIFS review of their Saint Petersburg program so you feel more at ease. Jump Ahead ToggleCost and...

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How to Travel on a Budget in London

If you want to stick to a budget in London, self-control is necessary. You’ll quickly overspend without financial discipline. I’m not an extreme budget traveler. Instead, I save money where I can to spend it on what matters. A budget in London of $79 per day is a sweet spot in...

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The Best London Day Tour

The internet could not answer my one burning question about London–what was the best London day tour? Since every traveler’s needs and wants are different, I summarize the three tours I took below and describe each tour’s ideal traveler. This way, you can determine the...

How to Receive a Free Expedited Passport

Do you know how it feels to discover gold? I don’t, but I bet it feels similar to this. Today I’m sharing with you my secret to a free expedited passport. First, let me clarify “free.” This is not a way to avoid paying regular passport fees. Instead, it’s a...

Getaway Girl’s 22 Best International Travel Tips

Before we get into my best international travel tips, let me first explain why I’m writing a list and the importance of happiness in travel. I’ve sworn off lists from Getaway Girl because I believe they don’t fit GG’s brand and voice. Today I’m breaking that...

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Warwick Castle, Stratford, and Oxford Day Trip

My London welcome tour was not in London, and neither was my goodbye tour. After my lackluster experience with another tour company, I was more than ready travel with Golden Tours again on this Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford day trip. But this day tour was destined for...

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#1 Thing Eco-Friendly Travelers Should Do for the Environment

Many travelers want to help prevent irreversible environmental damage after experiencing the beauty and frailty of the planet. Going green, however, is intimidating and sometimes expensive. Before you buy supposedly green products, there is one thing all eco-friendly travelers should do...