G’DAY MATE! DOWN UNDA IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Visiting Australia; Sydney especially had always been a goal. I planned to someday go but never exactly planned a specific time. Imagine my surprise when one of my friends mentioned that their job would be possibly sending them to take a position in “Oz” for a few months. Sydney had suddenly moved up the list and I began to keep a close eye on ticket prices. I eventually decided I would try to visit during the month of May and plan my departure around my birthday. As time moved on, the travel gods must’ve decided to look out for me. Deals and error fares to Sydney and Melbourne were popping up day after day, ranging from around $400 to $800 leaving the east…

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SLAINTE! AN UNFORGETTABLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND IN IRELAND

Brian:  a male name of Irish and Breton origin. It is possibly derived from an old Celtic word meaning “high” or “noble”.  Ever since my friends and I began to participate in local St. Patrick’s Day/Weekend celebrations at home, the idea of actually visiting Ireland during the same time has always been in mind. When the opportunity presented itself, I decided to book a flight and hotel accommodations and get ready for a few days in Dublin! My 4 day visit was nothing short of incredible as I fell in love with the city and encountered some of the nicest people I have ever met while abroad. DAY 1 When I arrived that Thursday morning I already knew I’d be…

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MOMBASA, MOMBASA, MOMBASA

As our time in Nairobi came to an end, it would have been wise to stay in for the evening and prepare for the next morning right? Yes, but this was Nairobi, and if you thought New Yorkers could go all night, take a trip to Kenya! After a night out with the locals, I went back to the apartment after 2 a.m. and finished packing my things. I knew I could probably catch a quick hour or so nap before our driver Patrick would be outside waiting. Before I could even lay down he was texting to say he was downstairs. We headed out and were off to catch the flight to Mombasa. Walking off of the plane the…

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FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM TRAVELING

MINDS ARE LIKE THE DOORS TO PLANES; THEY’RE MEANT TO BE OPEN It’s way too easy to be closed-minded. I’ll be the first to admit that there are many things my 20 year old self would turn my nose up at that my 30 year old self now embraces with open arms. We live in a society where everything from politics to religion comes along with a “My way of thinking is better than your way” mentality. It took for me to continuously leave my comfort zones and surroundings to truly see and appreciate the ways that we as humans all over our nation and world are so different, but still so much alike. Belief systems and cultural traditions that…

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