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The Top 5 Classes And Workshops to Take in Berlin

June 29, 2016
chocolate making berlin

Berlin has got the history, the culture, the nightlife and the quirky underbelly; leaving visitors with plenty to keep them busy. One visit to the city may not even be enough as the sights and sounds have their way of luring people back again.   If you have been to Berlin before or want to turn your trip into a more well rounded experience, consider taking one of these classes or workshops. You can dive into the city’s culture and…

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How to Succeed as a Volunteer Abroad

June 29, 2016

Lives Abroad has teamed up with Thomson Flights on this post to tell you how working as an overseas volunteer is a rewarding, exciting experience, and can even be a life-changing one. Though there are no financial benefits, there are numerous other potential gains; from increasing personal confidence to enhancing your resume. Spending some time in deciding in advance what you want to get from a volunteer placement will ensure that you make a real difference on the ground. These five…

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Top Overseas Volunteer Programs for Summer 2016

May 16, 2016

Being a volunteer abroad is an excellent opportunity to travel to places in the world you wouldn’t normally see while, at the same time, helping the local community with a specific project in aid of an excellent cause. There are some very exciting volunteer opportunities available over the summer of 2016 to take you on your travels to beautiful countries and immerse yourself in the local culture and customs while also learning valuable new skills. * International Volunteer HQ This…

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Hiking To Mueller’s Hut At Mt. Cook, New Zealand

May 7, 2016
hiking to mueller's hut mt. cook

Don’t let the epic photos fool you. I cried like a baby on the way up AND down. I’ve hiked mountains before but this is the first time I actually climbed UP one, hands and all. It wasn’t easy and for me, didn’t seem totally worth it in the end but it was an EXPERIENCE, and that’s what us travelers are looking for aren’t we?   If you want to climb to a mountain hut and stay overnight at the…

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Give Back While Vacationing in The UK

May 4, 2016

Every now and then, people deserve a break from their regular lives and go on extended vacations to relax and see the world beyond their immediate community. Though the issue for some with these month-long holidays is having a little too much free time.   There are those that simply cannot function without a schedule or require a specific purpose for their travels, and if you happen to fall under that category, you should probably consider volunteering on your next…

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A New Zealand Farm Stay: Rare Breed Animals and Craft Workshops

March 29, 2016
New Zealand farm stay and craft classes

Baby alpacas. I repeat, BABY, alpacas. Barely able to stand on their new sets of legs, and awkwardly running to chase birds is what I watched these little cuties do every day that I woke up on Warwickz Farm. Driving around New Zealand, there are clearly more farms than towns and more sheep than people. Seemingly a huge part of their culture, I wanted to get out of the van, away from the tourist sites and onto a farm. I…

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Auckland’s Ponsonby Street: A Place For Art, Food, Innovation and History

March 14, 2016

I tend to gravitate towards Hipsters these days. And, similar to my visit to Melbourne, when I find them, I usually stay there.     Ponsonby has a past truly fitting for the interesting and quirky atmosphere it exudes today. It’s surrounding areas were once significant points for trading, fishing and camping for the Maori population but as years progressed, the neighborhood changed quite rapidly. Home to the working and middle class, the area eventually become quite run down from…

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6 Signs That You Should Take a Break From Traveling

March 7, 2016

I want to go home. I want it more than anything right now but I won’t do it. Not yet. Seeing my mom’s face would mean the world to me, but seeing the world means a lot to me too. I’ve been away for nearly three years and I won’t go home until I’ve finished the itinerary I set out to do. Because, well, I’ll regret it if I don’t. While a life of travel is indeed a privilege, sometimes…

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Books That Will De-Program You From Society (American Society At Least)

March 5, 2016

I feel like I am de-programmed from American society. It happened over time and it didn’t happen completely, but my views on life, government, authority and the way things SHOULD be has dramatically shifted over the years. I don’t know what happened and I don’t know why but I DO know that I have read a lot of books that keep fueling this fire which is slowly burning away at the foundation of the “American Dream” that was beat into…

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Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

February 22, 2016
Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park

This experience involved seals. Fat, adorable, sun-bathing seals. I had heard that Abel Tasman National Park was pretty gorgeous and we happened to be in the area so we went for it. After visiting the information center, it was clear that the THING to do there was sea kayaking and since we had never sea kayaked before, we booked a trip.   Choosing A Company The information center had so many pamphlets for sea kayaking that I took a defeated…

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