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Emily Cummings

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Escape To Vietnam's Tropical Mountains: Nihn Binh

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/26/20 11:15 AM

Just a couple of hours away from Hanoi is Ninh Binh, home to whimsically lush mountains, monastery hikes, a winding river cruise through deep caves, and riding bikes to rice fields. 

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Topics: Asia

I'm So Glad I Knew These Things About Thailand Before Visiting!

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/22/20 11:02 AM

Know when (and why) you take your shoes off before going inside, make sure you're picking the right outfit to visit the temples, and a few other things to know before visiting.

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Topics: Asia, All The Travel Tips

Are You Ready For A Set Of Islands As Pretty As Bali?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/10/20 2:52 PM

Bali gets all the attention, but that’s only because we want to keep Gili Islands more of a secret.  

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Topics: Asia

What's The Best Way To Pay For Things While Traveling?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/7/20 9:04 AM

I had a few questions on how to pay for things before I spent a whole semester traveling around Asia with ILP — would cash be best? What about my credit card? Anything else I should know? Sit tight, because all of those questions (and more) are answered below. 

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Saving Money + Fundraising

Snorkeling Around The Island Of Cozumel Can't Be Beat

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/6/20 12:48 PM

Cancun isn’t our number one vacation spot in Mexico (not even close!) but it is our top pick for nearby adventures. The newest addition? The vacation spot of your dreams — Cozumel.

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Topics: Central America

Which ILP Countries Are Best If I’m On A Tight Budget?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/2/20 10:15 AM

If you're wanting to save the most money but still have weekends full of adventures, you'll want to check out our most affordable ILP countries. 

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Topics: Asia, Central America, Europe, Saving Money + Fundraising

Ukraine Is Showing Off When It Comes To Cute Cities + Things To See

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/30/20 6:00 AM

If you’re not already dying to go to Ukraine that’s only because you have no idea that this country is hiding castles galore, painted European streets, cups of melted chocolate, and a hundred other reasons why you’d want to spend a semester here.

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Topics: Europe

The Most Instagrammable Spots In Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/25/20 8:15 AM

If you’re going to Costa Rica, you should end up with at least half of these pictures in your feed. 

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Topics: Central America

San Miguel de Allende Is The Prettiest City In Mexico

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/23/20 2:05 PM

Any city that was “built for relaxing” is somewhere you just can’t pass up. 

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Topics: Central America

Your Ideal Guide To Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/13/20 1:02 PM

Out of all the places to vacation in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio has all the beaches, jungle adventures, and sloths that you are looking for. 

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Topics: Central America

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