How To Not Suck At Living With A Host Family

Whether you are studying abroad, an au pair, teaching assistant, or even renting an apartment while traveling, participating in a homestay program can be fabulous for everyone involved. The experience of living with people who are a part of the society you are excited to immerse yourself in, while sharing your home countries culture, is a life changing opportunity. However as with all great opportunities there are a handful of ways that you can completely mess things up.

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Stop Thinking Start Doing: Save Money To Travel Without A Credit Card

Traveling is easy, the hard part is changing your lifestyle so that you can afford to. However, like a lot of things, just because it is hard dose not mean that it is impossible.With a modest salary, determination, self-control, and a bit of luck you can afford to travel. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to cut back on spending and get your-self on track to reaching your travel goals.

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12 Romantic European Destinations: Where to visit when you want to feel like a princess.

There is an inexpressible feeling that we carry with us while traveling. A feeling of happiness that is not quite definable, for a moment you are transformed back into your curious, childhood self, and the world is filled with questions yet again. There have been many attempts to define this undeniable sensation. Call it wanderlust, call it curiosity, call it happy to not be at work. Whatever you choose to attribute the spark we all feel when exploring a new country or city, it’s there. While this magical feeling is ever-present for me when exploring, there are some destinations that made me pinch myself Here are five destinations in Europe, which made me feel like a princess.

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The Intermediate Francaphone: Self teaching techniques when you’re past merci beaucoup,but not quite fluent.

After five semesters in college, and a total of a year and a half living in France, I am STILL no where close to fluent when it comes to French. The simple fact is, learning a language is hard and takes a lot of work, time, and self discipline. This year I seriously revamped my language learning regime. Here are a few language learning techniques that I’m implementing and seeing real results from!

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Impress Your Friends: Bike From Belgium to Holland in a Day

 

Aside from the fabulous beer and fries, there is a tradition that you must take part in to have the full Belgian experience; Biking. Biking is one of the main forms of transportation in Belgium and has been integrated into the culture and daily life of Belgians around the country. From small towns to big cities, you cant go far without seeing a happy biker. And for good reason, there are bike paths EVERYWHERE in Belgium. Biking is also the secret to how they stay skinny with all those fries 😉

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10 Things I Do As An Au Pair That Would Be Weird in ‘Real Life’

It’s officially been 2.5 crazy months since I started my journey as an Au Pair. For those of you wondering, an au pair is NOT a nanny. I am a live in addition to the family who happens to speak a foreign language and gets paid once a week. I got lucky with an AMAZING family in the North of France who has welcomed me with open arms.  Au pair life is most definitely different from any other style of living I have experienced. Your somewhere between an adopted family member and the help, in a foreign country. I watch after the families three wonderful children, cook lunch/dinner when the mom is working, and have plenty of free time. But, living with another family is not the only thing that is different in my life as an au pair, here are 10 things that I do daily which would be considered a little strange back home.

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How Hiking is Basically Short-Term Pregnancy

I have never been pregnant; but as a woman in my late 20’s I have quite a few friends and family members who have been carrying their future bundles of joy. I have been the empathetic but pregnancy ignorant friend for quite a few people. With my knowledge of my friends pregnancies and my first hand experience of the ‘symptoms’ of hiking, I came to the conclusion that hiking is basically like being ‘short-term pregnant’.

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6 Surprisingly Budget Friendly European Capitol Cities

Traveling on a budget indefinitely means traveling differently. It means nights at hostels instead of hotels, eating take away food  by a river bank instead of dining on the patio of a Michelin star restaurant, it could mean taking the middle seat on a transatlantic flight. It also means doing your research with money always on your mind. Some people choose to travel to traditionally cheeper locations in lieu of cities that get a bag rap for their price tag however I’m here to prove to you that that is not your only option. Here are six capital cities which don’t have to break your bank account to visit.

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7 Blunders Of The French World: Things that drive me crazy living in France.

 

 

Ok, let me start of by saying I LOVE France. I love the Country, the people and my life here. If you know me I have probably already talked your ear off about how much I adore living in the octagon. I have even been told that I should stop talking about how much I prefer aspects of my life here (sorry not sorry). I guess I have come off as a bit of a frangosnob to some .So here it is, my attempt to prove that i’m not trying to dump on the states, the downsides to my utopia, seven things that I can’t stand in France.

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