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Leah’s Colombia Photo Journal

TNGG’s resident videographer and photographer travels to Colombia for Travel Week. Check out the incredible photo essay of her trip!

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DIY: The BEST Souvenir

Inspired by Travel Week, this canvas decoupage is a simple and cheap project to help save all of your memories. Many of the brochures, maps and tickets that you collect during your journey can be turned into an amazing keepsake and a fun piece of art to spruce up your dorm room or apartment. Keep it in mind during your next trip!

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How to not get lost in translation

By the end of my semester studying abroad in Paris, I came up with a couple rules that can work in any country where you are not fluent in the language.

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Notes from the Editor – Alex’s Travel Diary

For the duration of Travel Week, I will be on a cruise in the Baltic Sea, popping around from city to city in northern Europe. This journal will be updated daily with commentary and observations, as well as pictures and videos from my trip. Enjoy!

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A Travel-Less Study Abroad

I decided I was going to spend as much time as possible during my four months in London, well, in London. Dissenting from the on-paper suggestions of my abroad program, I ruled out weekends in Amsterdam, short flights to Rome and trains to Paris. I was brazenly determined to make at least a small part of London my very own.

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Communication best learned through wine, friends and food

Our travel experiences are not necessarily limited to the group tequila shot photos gracing Facebook that have become the stereotypical study abroad anecdotes. We grew up with tehcnology and as we have matured and technology has evolved, so has our way of communicating.

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Coming to America

Transportation, suburbia, exotic food, clean water and nice, friendly people aren’t exactly the things America is known for, but the other side of the study abroad coin shines a refeshing light on the American things that bring on culture shock for newbies coming here.

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How the globe-trotting generation connects with airlines

We don’t care about brands that send out the one-size-fits-all message to the entire world. My love for Southwest isn’t just about their cheap fares or the fact that my bags can fly free. It’s their flight attendants rapping safety instructions, it’s their fun work culture, it’s about what the airline represents.

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Whatever happened to respect?

I’d like to lodge a formal request to be treated like a human as I pass through the security checkpoints. Hey, TSA, be nicer! Getting to the airport three hours before a flight, packing loads of conditioner into three-ounce bottles and then into bags, and then being treated like I ruined your day is simply rude. How about a little consideration?