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How To Beat The Crowds During China's Most Popular Fall Holiday

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/10/18 2:41 PM

If you're traveling to China in the fall - this one's for you! There's this thing called the Mid Autumn Festival in China and it's going to affect your plans (you'll thank us later!).

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Topics: China, Travel Tips, Life Abroad, Hidden Gems

Best Ways To Track Your Travels

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 8/8/18 1:49 PM

Having a way to track where you've been in the world is one of the best parts of traveling! Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but having something to go look back on is great because you'll get to relive your trip every time you look at it (and it's a great way to brag about all the cool countries you've been to). Just to give you an idea, here are some of our favorite ways to track our world travels - and they're totally affordable, too!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips

Tips If You're Braving Your International Trip Without A Phone Plan

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 8/6/18 1:27 PM

One thing people worry about when planning a trip abroad is not having a phone that works -- no calls, text, or data available on the spot. When you're used to having a mini computer to rely on at all times, it can be really weird to not have that access anymore. Don't worry though, I got tips for surviving it!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, Life Abroad, Saving Money

Our Favorite Places To Eat In Shanghai

Posted by Emily Cummings on 8/2/18 3:29 PM

We’re big, big fans of Shanghai for a lot of reasons, but is it bad if these restaurants beat out places like The Bund?

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

Try These Headphones Tips For Your Next International Flight

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 8/1/18 3:17 PM

Bringing the right kind of headphones can truly make or break a long flight. 

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips

Five Natural DIY Face Masks That Won't Break The Bank

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 7/25/18 3:59 PM

I don't know about you, but every time there is a little change in the weather my skin freaks out a little bit. Between getting dry when the colder weather comes or getting oily with the warmer weather; I can never find good store bought mask that helps with everything. So, I turned to DIY masks!

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Topics: Travel Tips, Saving Money, Finding Your Best Self

How To Use The Metro To Plan Your Shanghai Vacation

Posted by Emily Cummings on 7/19/18 3:55 PM

 

Traveling in China may seem a little bit daunting (especially if you don’t know Chinese) but the metro in the sprawling city of Shanghai makes it easy.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips, Travel Destinations

What Do I Do If My Phone Breaks, Is Lost, Or Stolen While I'm Abroad?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 7/18/18 3:12 PM

You're hiking The Great Wall of China when you pull out your phone to take the perfect selfie-- unfortunately,  it slips out of your hands and falls to the pavement breaking the screen and camera ... now what? Here's what to do if your phone breaks, is lost, or stolen while you're traveling abroad.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad, Making a Difference

Travel Items That Are NOT Worth It

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 7/17/18 2:50 PM

There are so many gadgets out there that claim they will "make traveling easier". While some of these things are so helpful, there are many that are just a waste of space and not worth the price tag!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, Saving Money

Get Your Hair In Low Maintenance Mode For Your Semester Abroad

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 7/13/18 5:13 PM

When you're preparing for a semester abroad there are so many things that cross your mind that you forget about simple things like your hair! You may not think it's a big deal if your hair isn't looking it's best, but when you look back at all of your pictures where your hair is tucked in a messy bun again and again you might wish you had at least one day where you tried (a little). Lucky for you, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for a semester without your favorite hair dresser!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, ILP Basics, Life Abroad

Exploring The World For Over 25 Years

Hi! We are ILP, a non-profit org that has service abroad opportunities for college-age volunteers. Check out our tips for making the most of your time traveling and living abroad.

ILP Semester Abroad

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