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28 Entries Tagged with "WSA"

  • Solo Travel: The Pros and Cons

    Posted by admin on February 26, 2017.

    By WSA Intern Emily Rose

    I’d like to think of myself as kind of a semi-pro at solo travel. In the two and a half months that I’ve been in Europe, I have traveled to nine countries and seven of those have been by myself. A lot of worried friends of my mom on Facebook have asked me why I … More »

    Tags: Solo Travel // Study Abroad // budget travel // WSA // WSA Europe // intern // intern blogs

  • YHA Birthday Competition

    Posted by Andy Steves on April 13, 2015.

    On April 10th, 1930 a group of volunteers came together to create a place for young people to escape from the inner city that is fun and affordable. Now eighty-five years later, Youth Hostel Association has existed to create unique opportunities for the youth and is proud to have provided … More »

    Tags: Student Travel // WSA // hostel // budget travel // Europe

  • (Host) Mothers Know Best

    Posted by Andy Steves on February 26, 2015.

    (Host) Mothers Know Best

    By Shannen O'Brien

                    Does anyone remember in the Disney movie Tangled when Mother Gothel starts singing to Rapunzel about why she shouldn’t leave the tower? Well, while I might have played on the title of this song she sings, I want to clarify that … More »

    Tags: student // Study Abroad // host family // WSA

  • I left my heart in Italy

    Posted by Andy Steves on November 25, 2014.

    by Lucas Walkowski, WSA London Intern

    I could think of a million different reasons why anyone should choose WSA’s Italian Extravaganza for their fall break. In a country full of so much history, art, architecture, culture, and great food, I fell in love with Italy.

    Here’s my story…

     … More »

    Tags: Venice // Florence // pisa // Rome // Italy // Travel // Study Abroad // blog // journal // WSA // 2014 /

  • Why Budapest?

    Posted by Andy Steves on November 3, 2014.

               Of all the places I thought I’d visit during my travels, never did I imagine I’d end up Budapest, Hungary. Because the city has so many diverse activities to offer, this trip really has something for everyone. I was fortunate to spend the past weekend, Thursday through Sunday, … More »

    Tags: Budapest // Hungary // Travel // WSA // 2014

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Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine

Happy Backpackers

This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015

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