Introducing the New & Improved TravelSmart App

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Introducing New & Improved TravelSmart App | TheBlogAbroad.com
Kurashiki, Japan

If you’re accident-prone on the road like muah, then having travel insurance is simply non-negotiable. I’ve blogged before about the importance of being insured abroad, but I understand if it takes a canceled flight or lost baggage for you to finally be convinced 😉

I’m insured through Allianz and you can get a free quote for yourself at the end of this post, especially after learning about the app that you can use in conjunction with it.…

Christmas Gift Ideas For Frequent Travelers In Your Life

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Christmas Shopping Ideas For The Travelers In Your Family
Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas | USA

‘Tis the season of corruptive and consumptive behavior joy and gift-giving to those we cherish in our lives!

Christmas shopping is easy for some and a bit more challenging for others — especially those who have that expensive hobby of traveling.…

Top 12 Safest Cities For Solo Travelers

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

“What are the safest cities for solo travelers?” is a question I hear almost daily, and no doubt safety abroad shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially for those new to travel.

I never take for granted that I’ve been able to roam the globe for over 4 years, mainly solo, and have been unharmed, unscathed, and never once been robbed *knocks on all the woods*.…

Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean | TheBlogAbroad.com
Camellia Hills, Hatton, Sri Lanka

“But why Sri Lanka??? a friend from the U.S. asked me as I pissed my pants with excitement for this highly-anticipated adventure.

“But… why not!?” I replied, reminding her that every lesser-known destination is a beautiful gem waiting to be discovered.…

An Open Letter To The Girls With Floppy Hats & Flowing Dresses Who Travel

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An Open Letter To The Girls With Floppy Hats & Flowing Dresses Who Travel | TheBlogAbroad.com
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

How dare you.

How dare you bother to be concerned with your looks and your photos while you’re traveling.

You’re not a real traveler. You should be in leggings or jeans, roughed up from your arduous trekking throughout the city, only able to truly experience another culture when you drop every effort to look decent while in public.…

Behind The Scenes: Being Part of the GoPro Hero6 Launch Campaign

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Behind The Scenes: Being Part of the GoPro Hero6 Launch Campaign
Selat, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

It was the day after the launch and the GoPro family and I (both ambassadors and corporate) were out celebrating in our usual fashion (open bar and dance floor poppin’), and I found myself sneaking into a hallway to collect my tears, because there was just so much to take in, process, and absorb in that moment.…

Win A Scholarship to Study Abroad – Apply Here!

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Study Abroad Scholarship | TheBlogAbroad.com

I have no clue where I’d be in life had I never studied abroad — and thankfully, I’ll never have to find out.

It single-handedly deserves the credit for where I’m at today, and the global citizen I feel I’ve become.

The incredible privilege and opportunity to learn about the world, its cultures, and its history through firsthand experiences is one of the most valuable gifts we can provide our youth.…

Ballin’ in Bali: The Ultimate Photo & Destination Guide

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Komaneka Tanggayuda Resort | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali —  the one destination that’s either on everyone’s mind or everyone’s bucket lists. It is simply too magical of an island to not be desired by so many around the world.

There’s also no shortage of beauty, bliss, and beaches on Indonesia’s most popular island.…

7 Interesting Ways Travel Turned Me Into an Introvert

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Extrovert turned introvert, for the love of travel.

No doubt travel is transformative, but I wasn’t prepared for all the subconscious ways it would change me for the better.

I’ve seen almost a third of the world now and what a blessing that has been.…

Cape Town: The Most Unique City in the World

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa is hands down the most unique city in the world to me. Though I can only compare it to a few hundred cities in the 50+ countries I’ve trotted through, there’s something special about this place that no other city I’ve seen can offer.…

Black Travelers: We Need To Have This Talk

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Cape Town, South Africa

Black people. Oh, how I love us. Diaspora dialogue will have you vibin’ and jivin’ to our melanin melody, because the black community just has a way of putting literal and figurative color into life.

We have our own language(s), culture, and unspoken truths that make our existence so unique, dynamic, and admired by many.…

Cultural Clash | Why I And Many Others Will Gladly Serve Our Husband’s Food First

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Cultural Clash | Why I And Many Others Will Gladly Serve Our Husband's Food First
San Juan, Puerto Rico | Photo Credit: Derio Ilari

The sound of cultures clashing has such a melodic tune when perspective is gained at the end of it. Who knew such a simple question could spark so much debate, yield so many answers, and invite endless dialogue?…