Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)

  “I think the Gators made me sick,” I told my new friend. “Sorry – who are the Gators?” Ugh. Sometimes it’s difficult living abroad. For one, your new friends are not usually the kind of friends you can share the typical banter from home. These new friends also come with a new set ofContinue reading “Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)”

First Impressions of Oz

I’m here!  After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ!  It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream.  There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney.  We all know first impressions areContinue reading “First Impressions of Oz”

Australian Bucket List: Top 10

With my Aussie adventure a short 4 months away, I’ve created a bucket list of things I’d like to do while in Australia.  I imagine this list will continue to expand and change with time but these are the adventures I’ve been thinking about so far.  As I check each off my list, I hopeContinue reading “Australian Bucket List: Top 10”

How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia

Have you seen headlines like this one before?  I have, and I never thought I would be someone to write something similar.  I’ve read posts about travelers booking seemingly impossible low prices to destinations all around the world and the one thing all of these write-ups had in common was MILES.  That’s right, using airlineContinue reading “How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia”

How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad

I’ve learned a lot about travel over the last year.  I have learned where to find the best travel resources, developed my own list of top travel apps, earned free flights using travel reward credit cards (thank you, Southwest!), and experienced the post-travel blues. After I returned from Italy, I found myself constantly thinking aboutContinue reading “How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad”