Resort Review: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Let me just get straight to the point— Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a dream. I just got back from my second trip to this resort, and once again I’m in awe. So naturally, I feel the need to share my experience with you all in my first resort review (more to follow!). So let’s take it from the top… Upon arrival, a staff member was waiting to greet us with these undeniably adorable handmade bracelets. We were then escorted to a lounge area where we were given the resort’s signature drink, chaya juice. I had been craving this since my last trip to Banyan Tree. The drink contains chaya (a Mayan green with numerous health benefits), spinach, celery, parsley, pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice. Next, it was off to our private villa where a complimentary bottle of wine was waiting to thank us for returning. I think it… View Post

Top 10 Rookie Study Abroad Mistakes

Your guide to avoiding the most common and overlooked slip-ups while spending a semester abroad. The semester I lived in Europe was without a doubt the best time I’ve spent in college. While I had more fun than I could’ve ever anticipated, I also made my fair share of slip-ups. Everyone is bound to make a handful of rookie study abroad mistakes. However, these are the ten you should try to avoid at all costs to ensure you have the most incredible experience possible. And if you’ve already studied abroad, hopefully you can look back and laugh when you realize you’ve made most of these yourself. 1. Not staying in youth hostels If you’ve never traveled abroad, the idea of staying in a hostel might seem a little scary (thank you, horror movies). But in all seriousness, it’s just the opposite. Not only will staying in hostels save you some major cash,… View Post

New Years [Travel] Resolutions

I’m not really one for resolutions — not because I don’t have a lot to work on, but because I’d rather just take things one day at a time. Instead, I’ve decided to take on my own form of resolutions and write down a list of places I hope to travel to in 2015. It’s been said that if you write down destinations you’d like to visit, you’re more likely to visit them. So in 2015, I’m putting that theory to the test. Now, here’s the thing… If I know anything about resolutions, it’s that they don’t always stick. People often set the bar too high or fall off track, and that’s ok! I’d be perfectly happy tackling just half of this list and letting some of these adventures roll over into 2016. And more than likely, I’ll have a few unexpected trips fall into my lap. The point of this list is… View Post