5 Tips to Get the Most of Your Weekend Travels

Oct 5, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley lists 5 essential tips for a great weekend travel experience and shares where she's visited so far on her study abroad in Florence.

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One of my favorite parts about studying abroad is traveling, and it’s safe to say that I’ve already done a lot of it in the short time I’ve been in Florence. The best thing about living in Europe is the proximity between countries, making weekend travel extremely easy!

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All across Europe, there is a variety of languages and cultures, and what better way to spend your time abroad than to get the full European experience! Traveling can sometimes be considered stressful… But don’t stress! Here are some tips that I’ve put together to help you get the most out of your weekend travel experience.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Tips

Top 10 Travel Blogs You Should Read

Sep 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

Before you go abroad abroad it’s great to read up on travel stories from where you’ll be heading. It may highlight the best restaurants or museums, but in general, blogs providde great insight into a culture. There are thousands of travel blogs online, sp we’ve narrowed it down to the top ten you help you learn valuable information about new countries before you arrive.

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1. The Blond Abroad

Kiersten, like many other travel bloggers, left her high paying job to chase her dreams. She now travels around the world posting blogs and videos to her site, providing travel advice and consultation to people all around the globe. Her photography is fantastic, and she has been to some incredible locations.

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Posted in: Travel, Top 10

My First Day in Dublin

Sep 15, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor shows us how she got to Dublin and gives us a glimpse of her first day there.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Dublin Program

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Arrival

From the English Countryside to My Room in London

Sep 11, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen visits the English countryside and introduces us to her roommates who are studying abroad with her in London.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Accommodation Abroad

The Moment I Knew I Became a Londoner

Aug 16, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MaitaAnkrum_London_Headshot.pngMaita is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Kinesiology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maita talks about the moment she truly felt immersed in the culture of London.

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A couple of weeks ago, I went on a quick weekend getaway trip to Paris with my London roommate!  Paris is an incredible city full of both beauty and history, which famous authors such as Hemingway, Dickens and James have previously described better than I am able to.

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“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” (Ernest Hemingway)

“It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” (Charles Dickens)

“Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes.” (Henry James)

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Posted in: Travel, London, England

A Trip to Dingle, County Kerry

Aug 7, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Cat travels to Dingle, known for it's beaches as coastal scenery.

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I decided to take my very last trip here in Ireland out to a cold, mysterious peninsula called Dingle. Its name means "the place where people feel safe" according to our tour guide. We stayed the night in an old mansion converted into a hostel in Killarney. It even had a room with red velvet couches and paintings that stare at you.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland

Vlog: Canterbury, Dover Castle, and White Cliffs

Aug 4, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CorissaWurth_London_Headshot.pngCorissa is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Psychology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Corissa tells us about the history of two towns east of London.

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Thanks Corissa!

Corissa's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Cultural Insights

The Top 5 Trips I took Outside of Dublin

Aug 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post Madeline tells us her top 5 favorite places she visited outside of Dublin over the course of her semester.

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I have absolutely loved studying abroad here in Dublin. As my time here is coming to a close, I am reminded of all of the amazing travels I was lucky enough to experience. I spent a lot of time exploring Dublin’s fair city, but I also took many trips outside of Dublin’s border.

1. Belfast

Our Belfast trip was organized by CAPA, which included a group bus from Dublin to Belfast, a guided tour of the street art in Belfast, and admission into the Titanic museum. It was eye-opening to learn more about the troubles and how they affected both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You can see the scars the troubles left on Belfast through the street art. Our guide talked about the history behind each piece and took us to a few places significant to the history of that time. Seeing the Titanic museum was also a great way to get a feel for the history of Belfast.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland

Top 10 Best DART Trips to Take From Dublin

Jul 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Madeline tells us her top 10 places to visit in the Dubliin area by using the DART.

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One of the great advantages of being on the CAPA program is having a Leap Card. The Leap Card gives cardholders access to the Dublin bus, the Luas, and the DART, or Dublin Area Rapid Transit. The DART is the easiest way to get to neighboring towns in County Dublin from Dublin city center. The DART is a great way to get familiar with Ireland without taking an entire day to travel. It runs until 10pm so there is plenty of time to take the DART anywhere, even if just for an hour or two. The following list is some of my favorite DART stops that I think are must-sees for anyone staying in the Dublin area.

10. Shankill

For this stop, I have a small disclaimer: I haven’t actually been to Shankill on the DART, I just have plans to go. However, I thought it deserved to make it on the list (if only for an honorable mention) because of what I have read about it. The Shankill DART stop is where you can start a marked hike through the Dublin Mountains Way, and pass sites like the Hell Fire Club, Cruagh Massy’s Link, and the Tibradden Mountain Trail. The hike comes highly recommended and offers trails of varying lengths and difficulties to suit any hiker.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Transportation

9 Places to Visit Outisde of Florence During Study Abroad

Jul 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon tells us the 9 best places to visit in Italy and beyond when studying abroad in Florence.

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These are some of the places my roommates and me suggest going during your time in Florence. Other places you can go to are Parma, Mantova, Lucca, Sicily, San Giminiano, and Pompei. What other city do you want to go during your stay in Florence? If there's anywhere I don't know, I'm interested to learn!

1. Venice

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The city of water is a place of love and romance. Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique places you'll find in Italy. You see scenery so gorgeous and unreal you'll think you're in a painting. There is a direct train from Florence to Venice that takes a short time. You can see the San Marco Cathedral and square, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sigh, Ducal Palace and more. Others recommend staying a night in Venice to experience the city when all the tourists are gone, but  I went for one day and it was perfect. 

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Top 10