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How to “suck” at traveling in 10 simple steps

¿Have you ever wondered what it takes to create unforgettable moments while traveling? One of the easiest ways to do it is to "suck" at traveling. Follow these ten simple steps, and I promise you will have experiences that will stay with you forever (although I don’t guarantee that you will enjoy the journey... at all) 1. Don’t even try to investigate about the country you are going to visit. Let things like the weather, currency, traditions and attractions surprise [...]

Australia’s bucket list for international students

The first time I went to study abroad was right after high school. I had gotten a scholarship for a one-year Diploma of Leadership, and thanks to my superhero mom and an awesome uncle we were able to pay the plane ticket and a good part of the rest of the expenses. I worked as a janitor and Spanish teacher to pay for my homestay, and during the whole trip I always had a very limited budget. Being honest that [...]

Falling in love abroad?

If you are planning to come to Australia, maybe you have already wondered how it would be to find the love of your life in the other side of the world. Of course, in your imagination this person might look like Chris Hemsworth and the location might be an exotic beach full of kangaroos sunbathing on perfect white sand. It’s fun to daydream, but in reality falling in love abroad could be a very difficult situation. To start, when you [...]

Some of the best tips for travellers

If you have travelled, you know that all adventures have a couple of setbacks along the way. Some might be insignificant, but others might present challenges that you never took in consideration, like the time I went to spend Christmas with some friends, and I left all my underwear and jeans in the dryer, or when my sister arrived to New Jersey thinking that it was New York. So, everybody will go through some inconveniences from time to time, and [...]

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The true australian cuisine

In a country where you can find people from more than 200 different nations and where 25% of the citizens were born in another continent, it is a little bit difficult to identify genuine Australian dishes, especially because one of the strengths of this multicultural society is the gastronomy. So, in case you were wondering, here is a list of some of the traditional dishes that are authentically Australian. Would you dare to try them all? Macadamia Nuts For thousands [...]

The best of Australia: My Top 5

So, you have made up your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have to sell everything you own, work from 6 in the morning till midnight and even put any romantic relationship on stand-by, you are coming to study in Australia. You have already done your research and everybody says that it is pretty much Wonderland. Well, actually, it is. I’ve been living in Sydney for six months now and I am absolutely in love with the country, so I [...]

Australia: the ‘happiest’ developed nation

Australia has recently won the title of “The happiest developed nation” for the third consecutive year, based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s survey results. Out of the 36 nations with developed or emerging economies, the ones with the highest results are Australia, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland. The ones with the lowest scores are Turkey, Mexico and Chile. But, what does it mean to be “the happiest country”? To come up with the results, the countries were [...]