4 Must-See Destinations You Need To Check Out

4 Must-See Destinations You Need To Check Out

My top 4 favorite Youtube travel diaries and must-see travel destinations.

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With the endless opportunities and various cultures the world has to offer, there is nothing more I want to do than to explore the many different walks of life. While I am always on the lookout for new places to add to my travel board on Pinterest, there is no better way to get travel inspiration than by watching some travel diaries on Youtube where adventure enthusiasts showcase their journey through a camera lens. With that being said, I have put together my top four favorite travel diaries that will inspire you to visit these must-see destinations.

1. Santorini, Greece - Tess Christine

Ever since the year 2008 when my grandma introduced me to the movie "Mamma Mia", I have wanted to visit the islands of Greece. I mean who wouldn't love the photogenic architecture and jaw-dropping views? One of my go-to Youtubers, Tess Christine, visited this past summer and uploaded a slow-motion aesthetically pleasing travel vlog. Whether it be the unbelievably stunning sunsets or the black sand beaches, Santorini, Greece is definitely somewhere I want to explore.

2. Portland, Oregon - Aspyn Ovard

Traveling the world doesn't necessarily mean traveling overseas. There are plenty of perfect destinations for any travel enthusiast right here in the United States. For instance, after watching Aspyn Ovard's Portland, Oregon travel diary, I fell in love with it. Ranging from the picture perfect color changing trees throughout the many hiking trails, to the many different biking trails and the one of a kind beaches, there is something to do in Portland, Oregon all year round.

3. Banff, Alberta - Brad & Hailey Devine

After watching Brad & Hailey Devine's travel guide of Banff, Alberta, I want to stop what I am doing and plan a trip to Canada as soon as possible. With the extremely beautiful mountain range, miles of trees, the various hiking trails and the incredible lake views, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

4. Bali, Indonesia - Aspyn Ovard

If the breathtaking rolling hills of Bali doesn't convince you to visit, then the delicious one of a kind food will. I never thought of visiting this incredible island off of Indonesia that is known for forested volcanic mountains, beaches and coral reefs, until I watched Aspyn Ovard's video that showcased the many wonders of Bali. It's the places like this that make you want to pack your bags and plan a trip discovering the never before seen destinations.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

SEE ALSO: 18 Signs You're A Little Too Comfortable With Your Best Friends

The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things You Say To Your Roommates Before Going Out

The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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10 Ways To Have A Fun, But Safe, Spring Break

Spring break is coming up, and there are plenty of ways to make sure that it's successful!

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With spring break right around the corner, I know many of us have big plans. Some are headed to Ft Lauderdale, some headed to Daytona, some to spend time with family, and even some are headed out of the country. With that being said, we'll all have fun trips and getaways with some of our favorite people, but we need to make sure we're being safe too because anything can happen.

1. Stay with your group

I cannot stress this enough. Whoever you come with. Stay. With. Them. Anyone else in that area is a stranger. No matter how much you want to, you can't trust them. On a busy beach, in a crowded bar, or even a packed hotel pool, staying with your group is the best thing you can do. You don't want to turn around and realize you've lost them, and they have your stuff or you don't know your way back to where you're staying.

2. Pack sunscreen

Kind of stereotypical. But sun poisoning is real. I promise you can still get a killer tan if you wear it. It doesn't stop the sun completely, just protects your skin!

3. Bring lots of water

Most of you will spend a lot of your day out on the beach. Majority of those of you will be out not only on the beach but also consuming alcohol. Which means you're going to dehydrate, and fast. Sure, it'll be fun to get "lit" with your friends but it won't be fun when one of you passes out because you weren't careful about what you drink.

4. Watch your drinks

Going off of drinking. You should always, I mean ALWAYS, watch your drinks. One of the scariest things to hear about is people being roofied. It's terrifying. Make sure you know where your drink is coming from, and make sure you do not let it our of your sight.

5. Protect your stuff

You'll probably carry your wallet, phone, keys, etc, with you. But how do you carry all of that without it being stolen? I would truthfully suggest a fanny pack.

6. Consider using a code word with your friends

This could be useful in the event that you're uncomfortable. You can easily turn to your friends and use your code word and they can help you out of the situation. It's all apart of the buddy system.

7. Do your research

Yeah, it's fun to book all of these fun places and activities. But you should look at reviews first. You should look into if it's legit or not. How safe the area is. These are all important, in order to get your money's worth and be safe.

8. Keep your guard up in the ocean

If you end up swimming, be careful of the current. One minute, you're looking at your best friends. You look away for a few maybe swim around a little bit, you look up and nothing looks familiar. You're carried down the shore or even into the sea. Just make sure you stay kind of close to the shore and be aware of what's around you.

9. Plan your day ahead

Before leaving your hotel, your group and you should plan your day. Where you're headed, when you'll go to eat, and when you'll head in for the night. This way if for some reason if you do get lost, you know where everyone will be and when.

10. Have Fun!!

With all of this being said, I'm sure it was a lot, but seriously — have fun. It's a week away with some of your best friends, from all of the stress that builds up in college. Being safe will ensure that you have a good time. You'll appreciate it, your parents will, and your loved ones.

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