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Does Vietnam Have Prettier Beaches Than Thailand?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/4/21 2:23 PM

While the rest of the world has been swooning over tourist-crowded beaches in Thailand, you can get the same soft white sand and turquoise water without the crowds when you visit Vietnam. 

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Topics: Asia

All About A Trip To Brisbane, Australia

Posted by Holly Harrington on 3/12/21 12:00 PM

Dreaming about an Australian vacay? Being Australia's largest city and a major travel hub, you might find yourself in Brisbane if you're headed this way — the good news is whether you're looking for an adventure or are more of a city wanderer, there's something for everyone in Brisbane.

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Topics: Asia, South Pacific

Books To Read Before Your Semester In Thailand

Posted by Holly Harrington on 3/6/21 6:15 AM

So you're headed to Thailand? And can't stop thinking about it? Yeah, I know exactly what that's like. While you're obsessing, grab one of these books about Thailand — it's a great way to dive into the culture and the history a bit before your trip.

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, Asia

Staying In Siem Reap, Cambodia

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/28/21 9:15 AM

Come to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, trek to a waterfall-and-temple-filled jungle, and more — find all you need for a visit to this part of Cambodia in this post.  

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Topics: Asia

Escape To Vietnam's Tropical Mountains: Ninh Bình

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

Just a couple of hours away from Hanoi is Ninh Bình, 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

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

Posted by Emily Henkel 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

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

Posted by Emily Henkel 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, Caribbean

Picking The Right Floating Market, Just Outside Of Bangkok

Posted by Emily Henkel on 10/6/20 5:09 PM

The minute you see the dreamy pictures of the floating Thai markets, you’ll want to head straight there — just make sure you’re picking the right one and know all the insider tips to make your trip here the chaotically picturesque adventure you’re looking for. 

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Topics: Asia

All Your Angkor Wat Questions Are Answered Right Here

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/8/20 11:33 AM

Get a glimpse of the ruins found in this park and see why everyone loves flocking to Cambodia. It's the world wonder you don't want to skip out on.

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Topics: Asia

My *Top* Picks For Spots To See While You're In Bali

Posted by Jen King on 8/31/20 5:47 PM

Bali is one of the top destinations in Asia and we're not surprised. If you know the right spots to hit up (and the ones to avoid), your vacation is going to be oh so D-R-E-A-M-Y.

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Topics: Asia


*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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