Author: Justin Schroeder

Top 3: Cultural Deep-Dives

The Vatican What? A country within a city and home to some of the world’s most significant relics, the Vatican is a bucket list destination for travelers of all walks of faith. Skip the line with a local guide to stroll through the centuries-old structures and see the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo painted his …

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Top 3: Foodie Outings

Taste of Italy: Pasta-Making Class What? When in Rome, do as the Romans do and cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of the finest olive oil and vinegar with a local food …

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Top 3: Adventures

Whitewater Rafting What? The Sarapiqui River snakes through the rainforest of the Arenal Region, offering views of the exotic landscape and rare wildlife. Don your helmet and life jacket, get your crash course in crashing through coursing water, then set off with your guide on an adventure that is as thrilling as it is wet. Why? …

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A Handy Dandy Guide to Handling Money Abroad

Gone are the days of traveler’s checks. Even so, money is a tricky travel topic, so take this guide to heart before you head out yonder. 1. Know the exchange rate of each place you’ll visit. Download XE Currency, which works offline to calculate exchange rates based on your last time of Wi-Fi connection. 2. …

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What a Lovely Day! Travel Flick Picks: Australia

Crikey! This edition of cinematic adventures to inspire your wanderlust: Australia. RT = Rotten Tomatoes | IMDb = International Movie Database Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) RT: 97%  |  IMDb: 8.1 Okay, so it’s not technically filmed in Australia, but it does take place in a post-apocalyptic Outback, so I will not apologize for its inclusion. George …

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Stay Charged: Your Guide to Adapters and Converters Abroad

  Culture shock: That feeling of a normality slightly altered. Charging your phone, for example; a task so automatic, it’s often overlooked in the packing process. Electric shock: That feeling of 220 volts surging through your body like the wrath of Thor after you overlooked that simple part of the packing process. Just as you’ll need …

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Smart Tips for Your Smartphone Abroad

  It’s always best to disconnect in a new place. However, a phone is no longer just a phone; it’s your camera, your map and general go-to utility for anything and everything. Here are some tips to get the most (and spend the least) with a smartphone abroad. Before you go… 1. Find an adapter that …

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Your Style Guide to Oktoberfest

  We live in a sad day where there exists only one appropriate place and time to don our trachten—traditional garments from German-speaking countries—to casually stroll and stumble from A to B. This place and time, of course, is Oktoberfest. While the notion that one can’t wear leather short shorts with overalls every day is …

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Cities We Love: Melbourne

Melbourne is covered with shrubs and gardens galore. Whether on the shores of Port Phillip or in the shade of Albert Park, there are plenty of trees to hug along the way. Each season goes full force (with the exception of pleasantly mild winters) as the foliage beautifully accents the urban environment in which it grows. …

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Cities We Love: Tokyo

Whether a journey to McDonald’s or a bowl of the world’s best ramen, every culinary conquest is a new adventure. Palettes in Japan have developed differently than the Western world’s, but that doesn’t mean the options are less delicious.   Nearly 3,000 miles of track and 2,000 stations create the infrastructure for Tokyo’s public transportation system. …

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