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Essentials For Staying In A Hostel + How Do I Find A Good One?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 11/8/21 8:00 AM

If you are new to the world of hostels, welcome! They are definitely the way to go if you're in your 20s (like us) and looking for a really awesome deal so that you can spend your money on adventures instead of a fancy hotel.

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Topics: All The Travel Tips

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

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/9/21 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

Does Your Bank Have High International ATM Fees?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/30/21 11:29 AM

You're bringing your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM machine while living in a foreign country, aren't you? We highly recommend it. This is the easiest way of handling your finances while living abroad for a semester.

The best way to get foreign currency while living abroad is to bring your debit card and pull cash out of an ATM — but depending on where you bank, you could rack some serious fees if you don't do your research before leaving. 

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Saving Money + Fundraising

The Best Beaches On Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Posted by Ilyanna Flores-Alvarez on 8/7/21 8:45 AM

Compared to Costa Rica’s 78-mile Caribbean coast, the 631-mile Pacific Coast has so many more dreamy beaches to snorkel, surf, and sunbathe on!

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Central America

How To Workout When You Don't Have A Gym

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/5/21 9:38 AM

Just because you don't have a gym close by doesn't mean you can't workout during your semester abroad.

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Saving Money + Fundraising, Tips For Your Twenties

Things You Can Take Through Airport Security

Posted by Ilyanna Flores-Alvarez on 7/15/21 7:45 AM

If you’re like me, you spend the night before a trip Googling what kind of things can actually go in your carry-on bags. Reading this list before you travel might help you get through security a lot easier. 

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Topics: All The Travel Tips

Travel Beyond Budapest To These Nearby Hungarian Cities

Posted by Ilyanna Flores-Alvarez on 7/7/21 2:00 PM

Why should Budapest get the all spotlight when it comes to travel in Hungary? We're shedding some light on a few nearby gems that shouldn't be overlooked!

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Europe

Tips For Eating Vegan/Vegetarian (Or With Food Allergies) While Traveling

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/3/21 7:30 AM

Wondering how to make traveling work with food allergies or dietary restrictions? Here’s what I experienced in Asia (and what other ILP volunteers had to say about their semester). 

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, All The Travel Tips, All About ILP + Volunteering

Here’s How To Remember Every Day Of Your Vacation

Posted by Emily Henkel on 6/18/21 11:30 AM

Don't want to forget a single thing about your ILP semester? Find ways to make a free video (easily), the cutest ways to print out pictures, and more ideas so you can keep your adventure abroad on your mind.

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Tips For Your Twenties

These Journal Prompts Will Make Sure You Have A Book Full Of Memories

Posted by Emily Henkel on 6/14/21 7:45 AM

There's no way you will have a boring journal with these prompts, whether you're writing to remember the little things while you're at home, or the big things when you're traveling the world.

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Tips For Your Twenties


*Because of the worldwide pandemic, travel options are limited and frequently changing. You'll need to do additional research as resources + activities shared in this post may or may not be available at the time of your trip.

ILP volunteers — work closely with your Program Manager who can help you understand current country entrance requirements which will determine what countries you can visit during your semester. 



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We are ILP, a Utah-based non-profit org that has service abroad opportunities for college-age volunteers. We love travel so we're sharing all our tips for making the most of your time living abroad + seeing the world, and how to do it all on the tiniest budget.

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