Attempt #2834729 at daily journaling

This is the first of what will hopefully be daily, casual, stream-of-consciousness blogging. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of journaling — I have too many half-used notebooks cluttering my bookshelves to count. But, I have yet to maintain a solid streak of daily writing beyond just a couple days.

When I went to India, I was in second grade and scheduled to miss a lot of school because of the trip. One of my assignments by my well-intentioned teacher was to write every day about my experiences abroad. The first couple pages of my notebook was filled with detailed descriptions and cultural insight by my 7-year-old self, but the rest of the pages were left bare for the rest of my two-month trip.

When I returned, and realized with panic that I had a near empty journal to fill and turn in to my teacher within the next two days, it was absolutely miserable. Jet-lagged and bleary-eyed, I remember going through my dad’s itinerary of my travels, trying to trace back what I was doing each day of my trip to come up with journal entries.

Each post became shorter and shorter in frustration, and the entire project turned into a notebook filled with every possible construction of the sentence, “Played with cousins.”

Hopefully, this attempt will be a little more productive and successful than that unfortunate experience. The goal is to write a post that is not structured, and at least 250 words. This is my promise, in writing to not cop out. No gif articles. No listicles. No links to videos. No double-dipping into past writing, or writing from class. LeT’s dO DiS.

The 6 best travel Instagram accounts to follow

You know you have a serious case of wanderlust when your friend’s sunset-over-airplane-wing Instagram picture just isn’t doing it for you. Instead of creeping through your friends’ old study abroad pictures for the thousandth time, here are some of the best Instagram accounts to follow for a feed full of fresh travel inspiration to fawn over.

1. @NYTimesTravel: Follow the New York Times Travel account for pictures of global food, culture, architecture and landscapes. NYT Travel’s coolest feature is its short video snapshots called “36 hours in,” which give you a feel for a different city in each post. You’ll definitely add more cities to your bucket list after going through these videos.

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The Flip Side of Studying Abroad: What the Brochures Won’t Tell You

You’ve seen the brochures. You’ve obsessed over a frenemy’s Facebook pictures. Traveling to a foreign location is very well may be on everyone’s college bucket list. But there’s a lot more to studying abroad than fancy beach getaways and double-tap-worthy selfie opportunities. Here are some things to consider before diving into an international excursion:

You may not get along with all of the students on the trip. 
Depending on your program, you may be traveling and/or living with students who aren’t from your normal group of friends; they may not even be your age or from your school. While many students come back from study abroad trips with great new friendships, there’s a chance you won’t click with your group.

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India Playlist

Amidst the cacophony and hustle and bustle, the moments that I really felt I was soaking up my surroundings during my travels was in the back seat of the car with the local radio station playing. These are not necessarily the most current songs of the moment, but they are what formed the acoustic scenery of my visit to India.

Track Listing:

  1. London Thumakada – from the movie Queen
  2. Chandelier – Sia
  3. Retrograde – James Blake
  4. Nagada Sang Dol – from the movie Goliyon ki Ras Leela: Ram-Leela
  5. Islands – The xx
  6. Kabira – from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
  7. Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu – from the movie Aashiqui 2
  8. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  9. Bounce – Iggy Azalea
  10. Baby Doll – from the movie Ragini MMS
  11. Magic – Coldplay
  12. Tumhi Ho Bandhu – from the movie Cocktail
  13. Stay High (Habits Remix) – Tove Lo
  14. Hookah Bar – from the movie Khiladi 786
  15. Summer – Calvin Harris

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