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World TB Day – #TBsmart

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day. It commemorates the day Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing tuberculosis (TB). The Centers for Disease Control reports, “Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. One-third of the world’s population is infected with TB. In 2015, 10.4 million people around [...]

By | 2017-02-24T19:56:49+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on World TB Day – #TBsmart

Mardi Gras traditions around the world

Many Americans take the opportunity to travel for Mardi Gras.  The New Orleans Mardi Gras is the most famous festival.  In 2017, it falls on February 28.  Mardi Gras occurs after the holiday season when late-winter doldrums really set in. The timing is spectacular.  Countries all around the world gear up for their versions of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment

Rock valentine’s day with these amazing getaways

Did you know the name Valentine was such a popular moniker throughout history that many people carried it? Or, that the Catholic church stopped venerating St. Valentine in 1969? The name Valentine means “strong, vigorous and healthy.”  A man named Valentinus was martyred near Rome in the 3rd century. One historical account of St. Valentine [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Ultimate guide to celebrating the Chinese New Year

The days between January 27, 2017 and February 11, 2017 are a magical time to visit China trenched in centuries of rich traditions and culture. The Chinese New Year, now known as the Spring Festival, is an ancient lunar holiday dating back to the Shang Dynasty that can last up to fifteen days. Today, it [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Quick Guide: boosting your mental health while abroad

Let’s face it - traveling is stressful!  It opens up a whole spectrum of new experiences.  Some induce anxiety, others cause eating and sleeping disorders.  Some may even lead to risky behaviors with alcohol or drugs. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns, “Overall, mental health issues are among the leading causes of ill health among [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

The Great Serengeti Migration

Twelve big travel tips Travel of a different kind takes place on the African plains is often referred to as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” The Great Serengeti Migration is one of the largest animal migrations in the world. It is a huge attraction for wildlife and bird watching American citizens who want to visit [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Featured, News|Comments Off on The Great Serengeti Migration

J-Term study abroad

Why, where and how! If you’re a student preparing for your first winter J-term trip abroad, you may be about to embark on an amazing opportunity. J-Term, or January Term, is that chunk of three to four weeks between a college student’s first and second semesters. Many students focus their efforts on one or two [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:49+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on J-Term study abroad

The new craze “Balconing”

People around the world will pay more for a vacation rental with with breathtaking views.  The window or balcony is the place to go to breath it in while you enjoy cocktail hour with family and friends.  It’s the sweet life.  The sweet life turns sour when alcohol impairs judgement and you or someone you [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:49+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on The new craze “Balconing”

Tips to Avoid Shake Ups During Earthquakes

Italy is reeling in the wake of a massive earthquake in the middle of the country on August 24, leaving in its wake a death toll upwards of 290 people, and hundreds are taking refuge in makeshift camps. Experts say the earthquake was especially devastating because it was a relatively shallow quake less than six [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:41+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Tips to Avoid Shake Ups During Earthquakes

Are you a savvy traveler?

Are you ready for anything when you travel abroad? It’s difficult to predict when a predicament will derail the best laid plans. Fortunately, the United States Department of State (USDOS) website is a great resource for practically any surprise American travelers encounter. The USDOS country-specific pages include information on every country destination.  Cautiously read the [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:42+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Are you a savvy traveler?