10 Reasons To Travel to Aruba

10 Reasons To Travel to Aruba

It's called One Happy Island for a reason.

My entire life, I have been fortunate enough to travel during the cold months to a warming climate for a couple of weeks. There's Mexico, Puerto Rico, The Caribbean and so much more. However, there is one island, in my opinion, that stands above the rest: Aruba. I've been going to Aruba for three years now, and there's no tropical island I love more (yet, at least). Here are a few reasons why this little island is so amazing.

1. Weather

The warm weather, cool breeze and lack of rain are a few of the biggest reasons you should travel to Aruba.

2. Beaches

For those of you who are afraid of the ocean, there is nothing to be scared about in Aruba. The water is crystal clear with the most beautiful turquoise hues. The sand is white, clean and warm. No cigarette butts to be seen for miles.

3. Flamingo Beach

This beach is located at the Renaissance Hotel in Aruba. I have been visiting the Island for years and have always dreamed of experiencing this. I mean, where else can you roam around freely with funny pink birds?

4. Food

There are so many places to choose from, I can't even begin to name them all. There are restaurants where you can eat on the beach or out on the water. There's an Italian restaurant that makes your pasta dish in a wheel of parmesans. Here's a link to some of the best restaurant on the island. I highly recommend you do some browsing even if it's just to daydream.

5. Endless adventures

In Aruba, you can do just about anything tropical. They offer scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, parasailing, banana boating, tubing and so much more. There are some activities that I have never even heard of before. You will have an experience of a lifetime and some stories to tell once you get back, I guarantee it. (This photo will take you to a youtube video showing the underwater magic in Aruba)

6. The Nightlife

I'm not one for partying and going out. However, for those who like that kind of thing, Aruba after dark is an entirely different experience in it of itself. Everything is close together and there are all different age groups who come to visit. Gambling and drinking are legal for those over the age of 18. It's worth a try if you like that kind of thing.

7. It's easy to travel there

Yes, it's out of the country. Yes, you will need a passport and go through customs. Yes, you will most likely have to take two flights. However, it is one of the smoothest travel experiences I have encountered.

8. The people and culture

I've been to Europe, Mexico, Israel, and many places across the United States and the hospitality in Aruba blows every other place I visited out of the water. Everyone I have encountered on the island is kind, helpful and genuine. All they want is for their guests to have a great time and understand why Aruba is coined One Happy Island (I can absolutely back up that claim). There is also a huge menorah displayed on the streets of Aruba which is something I truly appreciate.

9. Aruba National Park

I mean, look at these natural pools. How could you not want to visit.

10. The memories

There is nothing better than reminiscing about the good times shared between loved ones. I will always carry my experiences on this island with me, especially since I travel with my family, my best friend and her family. I never laugh harder or smile wider than when I'm on the island

Cover Image Credit: Sydney Friedman

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.

America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

Cover Image Credit: Jazmine Kelleher

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10 Reasons Chicago Is The Best City In America

The iconic magnificence of the Windy City is never ending.

Sweet home Chicago. A city filled with creativity, wonder, mystery and the fast tempo of bustling businesses. The Windy City will always be the king of cities in the Midwest. If you need anymore convincing, here's why.

1. The food

Chicago has seriously some of the best dining in the country. If you're in the mood for some good old hotdogs and burgers, Portillos has you covered. Or, maybe you're into something a little fancier like Ditka's. Dessert, anyone? Hit up Mandy B's in Lincoln Park for some fantastic cookies, cakes, whatever your heart desires. Any and all food you may crave, Chicago has it. You'll never experience a better place to taste test than this city.

2. The nightlife

Whatever age group you are, there's a variety of places to go. If you're in college like me, head down to Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park or the West Loop to find some great places to dance the night away or just enjoy the company of friends. The collection of breweries, bars and clubs are all at your fingertips should you want to reach out and grab them. The list is endless and you'll never run out of options of where to go.

3. The sightseeing

Famous for it's incredible architecture, Chicago can wow with it's splendor of unique buildings and high rises. Take an architecture boat tour down the Chicago River and check out some of the most famous buildings around. Not in the mood to look at unique buildings? Then check out some of Chicago's famous museums and attractions. The Field Museum always has different exhibits to explore. The Shedd Aquarium always has spectacular aquatic life to see and will allow you to experience child-like giddiness again. Maybe you're not into history or fish. Chicago's Art Institute has classics that you can admire for hours. And you can't forget good old Navy Pier or Millennium Park where the Bean resides. With so many great options, you'll never feel bored.

4. The shopping

Any store you could want or need, the Windy City provides. The famous Magnificent Mile is any shopaholics dream, filled with favorites like Forever 21, H & M, TopShop, Nordstrom, Macy's and couture shops like Burberry, Gucci and Prada. If you're feeling vintage, head up to the northern part of the city to find unique little shops filled with items you can't find anywhere else.

5. The people

Chicagoans are happy people. We're polite, hardworking and always ready to have a good time. You'll never find a group of people more thrilled to live in a city.

6. The entertainment

Go see a Broadway show at the Chicago Theatre to experience theater like never before. Blue Man Group is always a good show and available. Or check out Second City, Chicago's famous comedy shows where comedians like Tina Fey, Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler began their careers. In the mood for some live music? The House of Blues, Lincoln Hall and the Riviera Theatre are great places to look.

7. The lifestyle

Chicago offers a different neighborhood for any type of person. Working as a young professional? Find an apartment in the West Loop or Lincoln Park area. Or maybe you're looking for the sweet life. One of the prestigious neighborhoods in Chicago is the Gold Coast, where you can find fine dining and high end shops right around the corner.

8. The outdoors

Head to Oak Street or North Shore beach and feel the Lake Michigan sand beneath your toes. You can have a relaxing day laying out or play a competitive game of beach volleyball. Along the beach are miles of walking paths from the lakeshore where you can view Lake Michigan's beauty. Walk through Lincoln Park Zoo (it's free!) and see the various amount of wild animals living there. Just because it's the city doesn't mean you can't experience the great outdoors.

9. The businesses

If you're ready to work your way up to the top, Chicago is the best place to start. With a plethora of companies or small business that you can work for, you can find your perfect place to work. You'll find that working in this city will open doors for you and your future.

10. The sports

Chicago has some of the best sporting venues around. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, and Wrigley Field is iconic. Catch a game and see for yourself the magic Wrigley has. Make your way toward the suburbs to catch a Chicago Blackhawks game. The fun pace of hockey and the vibe of the United Center will get you immersed in the game. Go watch some football with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field and expose yourself to true Chicago loyalty.

Chicago will continue to be one of the best cities in the world. It's a fantastic place to visit and an even better place to live. So, what are you waiting for?

Cover Image Credit: Maddie Blank

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