11 Tips For Your Summer Travels

11 Tips For Your Summer Travels

No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong so be flexible.

Summer is here?? Whether you’re traveling abroad, taking a road trip with your homies, backpacking or going on a cruise — there are things you need to remember when taking a vacation. All of us have left a few necessities at home or overpacked, so here are some tips and tricks for all your future travels.

1. Carry a water bottle and snacks with you

Buying food in the airport can break your budget, especially a college budget. Bring a reusable water bottle in your carry-on bag so you can use the water fountain and not pay $4 for one bottle of water. You can’t bring any full water bottles through airport security, but snacks are a go. Buy yourself a box of granola bars and you’ll be set.

2. Learn common phrases of the local language

I went to Peru for spring break and I wish I would’ve brushed up on frequently used verbs before I left because knowing how to say pancakes or chocolate milk doesn’t call you a taxi.

3. Go with the flow

No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong. So, it’s good to be flexible when things don’t go as you expected. You never know, you might end up taking a van across the country and seeing all the sights along the way (shout out to Peru).

4. Roll your clothes when trying to pack everything in your carry on

Also, ditch the full bottle of sunscreen and buy it when you arrive because who wants to lose all your clothes for two days because you checked your bag?

5. Know how much it should cost for a taxi

You should be aware of what the average cost of a taxi is so you don’t end up paying twice as much.

6. Carry tissues

You never know when you might need a good cry or more importantly, you never know if there will be toilet paper or not.

7. Make sure you notify your bank that you’re traveling

Not setting a travel alert with your bank is a rookie mistake — you want to make sure your debit card will work when you’re stopping for gas at 2 AM on your road trip or trying to get a snack when you land in a foreign country.

8. Ask locals where the best places are

You might end up at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but it’ll probably be the best meal of the trip.

9. Be respectful

Pay attention to the culture and make sure you’re practicing sustainable tourism.

10. Be aware of altitude sickness

Plan some time to rest and adjust to your schedule because you never know how the heights will affect you. The altitude change can feel okay until you take an uphill walk and realize how hard it actually is to breathe, so know your limits and listen to your body. Pro tip: bring altitude and motion sickness medicine.

11. Bring a journal

Many of the people I went to Peru with journaled every single day while we were there. At first, I thought what is the point because I want to live in the moment and not spend all my time writing. I realized journaling about your trip is nice because so much is happening all at once and you want to remember all of it. Write a short journal entry before bed to relax or write about your adventures on a rainy day when you can’t spend the day outdoors.

Make sure you’re taking care of yourself while traveling and look out for everyone if you’re adventuring with others. Take lots of pictures, but remember to stay present because you’ll gain and experience so much more that way.

Cover Image Credit: Lindsey Ocock

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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

Who said RI is not Awesome!

With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade

With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence

It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach

Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)

When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk

Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza

Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge

It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts

Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.

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12 Major Differences I've Noticed Living In Hawaii Vs. Alabama

I'm a southerner from head to toe, and Hawaii is NOT Alabama.


I recently moved to Hawaii because I married a Marine. I most likely would never have lived here otherwise. I was born and raised in Alabama, and Hawaii is NOT Alabama. I could probably write a very large book about the differences between the two, but I decided I would keep it simple and just give you 12.

1. The Roads

Hawaii has all of, like, three roads. I'm not kidding. Their main road names are extremely weird on top of that. Alabama has lovely backroads to avoid traffic, Hawaii does not.

2. The Weather

Hawaii has fantastic weather. It's always 75-80 and I love it. Alabama is the most moody state around when it comes to weather.

3. The Ocean

Savannah Lawrence

Yes, Alabama has Gulf Shores. No, it is nothing compared to Hawaii. The water is crystal clear here.

4. The Politics

I'm Republican. Hawaii is... not. That's something I have to adjust to, and it's extremely hard coming from Alabama.

5. The Pet Laws

Hawaii claims to be a "rabies free" state, so your poor pets have to go through a bunch of crap to actually get here. Alabama doesn't care. Hawaii does have random chickens walking around everywhere though.

6. The Size

The island I live on is basically the size of my hand. I can get from one side to the other in about 25 minutes. It's unreal. It took me a good two hours to get to my grand parents' house in Alabama.

7. The Prices

Yeah, I'll be honest, I hate how expensive Hawaii is. Most everything I buy is on base because it's a little cheaper. Hawaii has incredibly ridiculous prices. I came from Alabama, where everything's fairly cheap. I miss that.

8. The Houses

Two things on this. One, Hawaii's houses are all extremely close to one another. Two, Hawaii's houses are almost all a million dollars or more. Alabama is polar opposite of both of those.

9. The Accents

Guys, I came from a state where "y'all" is a very used word. I get looks like I'm an idiot for saying that here. It's extremely weird!

10. The Language

Yeah, Hawaii is part of America, but they still have their own language. Nearly every word you say here, all the vowels have to be pronounced. I'm terrible at it, considering I came from Alabama.

11. The Traffic

Savannah Lawrence

I'm used to close-to-nothing traffic. Hawaii is almost worse than Atlanta because they have zero roads to use. I hate traffic by the way. It's awful.

12. The Wildlife

Alabama has like two kinds of birds, and they all sound the same. I kid you not you might think you're being robbed when you hear some of the birds in Hawaii. They sound terrifying. I am also used to all of Alabama's wildlife in general. Hawaii has these weird fish, and little animals running around that look like nothing I've seen before.

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