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Melanie Prior

Mel's passion for travel was ignited by her (too short) semester studying abroad in Madrid. Now a recent Syracuse graduate working in Boston, Mel explores her native New England with the same curiosity as her international adventures. Follow her latest escapades on her blog, Instagram, and Twitter.

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10 Places You Must Visit When Studying Abroad in Australia

Getting to Australia requires a lot of patience – and a good neck pillow! The most common flight path is from LAX with a flight lasting up to 14 hours. However,...

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What You Should Know About Studying Abroad in Australia

When you think of Australia, you probably also think of kangaroos, boomerangs and the outback. But, did you also know that the “Land Down Under” is home to beautiful...

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Ditch the Digital: Why You Should Use a Print Guidebook When Traveling

With all the focus on apps, social media and smart phones (oh my!), don’t forget that using a traditional non-digital guide book (the kind written and published by...

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

After spending a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, I realized that there were several things I wish I had known before I departed the US. Part of the journey of going...

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5 Reasons You Should Blog While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad means embarking on a journey that will take you to new places and help you reach new heights, both literally and figuratively. While a picture may be...

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The Abroad Guide to Partying in Madrid

Madrid is one of the few places in the world that literally parties all night long. With several major clubs, hundreds of bars, and a passionate and social culture,...

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The Abroad Guide to Eating in Madrid

Spanish food is considered a Mediterranean diet – not Mexican. So while you might be expecting amazing amounts of salsa and refried beans when in Madrid,...

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The Abroad Guide to Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s a medium-sized city with an intimate feel, and the passion, architecture,...