How to Live like a Local in Florence

Cheyanne Johansson | July.03.2019

The sound of a busy city, the robust smell of espresso, and an accordion echoing in the distance. This is what you wake up to every morning in the beautiful city of Florence.

Florence is the pinnacle of art, food, fashion, and music, and is sure to ignite your sense of adventure. Being the free spirited lover of landscapes and all things artistic that I am, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to intern abroad.

Exceeding all expectations, Florence not only captivated my thirst for new experiences, but it left all six of my senses buzzing with euphoria. Here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to help you live your best life in Florence, Italy.

Finding Your LGBTQ+ Community Abroad & Celebrating Pride

Andrew Parr | June.27.2019

It’s that time of year; more and more rainbows are rolling out at your local Targets and even pasted on plastic mouthwash containers.

Pride is everywhere in the United States, which is completely different from over a decade ago. Gay marriage existed in only select states, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy featured gay men that happened to fit most stereotypes, and many subcultures of the LGBTQ+ were generally unknown to the public at large.

It wasn’t unusual for people from this community to escape to international locations where gender and fashion seemed more fluid - Spain, Italy, and France - just to name a few.

As the U.S. has generally become more progressive in LGBTQ+ rights and certainly enjoys the commercialism, what is the rest of the world doing?

Why do people from these communities all over the world flock to large cities to participate in lavish parades, attend wild parties, and often spend sleepless nights reciting favorite movie/tv lines and dancing to the divas of the past and present?

It’s quite simple. They feel at home.

How to Write a Professional Email in 7 Simple Steps

Dan Elias Bliss | June.20.2019

 

Whenever you send a professional email, it's a reflection on who you are both professionally and personally. It doesn’t matter if it’s an email to a potential employer, fellow colleagues, or an outside work connection, you need every email to be perfectly crafted.

A professional email has many different aspects that should be accounted for before sending. Follow our 7 simple steps and you’ll be able to write the perfect professional email every time.

Barack Obama on Why Travel Matters

Dan Elias Bliss | June.14.2019

 

In April, US President Barack Obama attended the World Travel and Tourism Council in Seville, Spain. Obama sat down with Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta to have a candid discussion about the importance of travel. The president eloquently shared how travel breaks down borders and allows us to celebrate other cultures. While the president is an admitted world traveler, he sees younger generations as the driving force in the future of travel.

Living Like a Local in Paris while Interning Abroad

Katherine Adams | June.05.2019

 

As the great Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea”. Audrey was absolutely right. If you are lucky enough to take a trip to Paris, you will instantly understand. There is no comparison to the Parisian charm-- the grandiose attractions and monuments, quaint cafes and bistros, glorious markets, beautiful Haussuman boulevards, and timeless elegance.

Being in the City of Lights is unlike anything you will ever experience but visiting as a tourist versus living like a local are two completely different feats! Below I have outlined a few tricks and tips to experience Paris like a local.

Caring for your Mental Health while Interning Abroad

Dan Elias Bliss | May.29.2019

 

This May marks the 70th anniversary of mental health awareness month. This year’s theme expands on #4mind4body. Humor, work-life balance, and how they relate to mental health are a few of the topics explored this year.

Since the early 90s, there has been a steady increase in young people reporting problems with mental health. Generation Z has been more open and willing to talk about their struggles with mental health. However, over 60 percent of young people report having an overwhelming sense of anxiety.

While traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, it can also exacerbate mental health issues. We want to provide all our interns with the proper knowledge and information they need to ensure mental well-being before, after, and during their program.

24 Must Visit 'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations

Dan Elias Bliss | May.23.2019

 

Through the many twists and turns, we watched as the battle for the throne stretched across seven kingdoms and north of the Wall. At times Game of Thrones was emotionally draining or even frustrating, but the show took us around the world to many stunning locations. Read our list of 23 real-life Game of Thrones locations to visit, and what some of our past interns have said about seeing their favorite filming locations.  

Global Experiences Launches Charity Initiative

Global Experiences | May.16.2019

 

Changing lives and making the world a better place are a few things we’re passionate about at Global Experiences. During the month of April, we stepped it up and really gave back. Every student and young professional who enrolled in our internship program in April chose one of four distinct, yet equally impactful charities for us to donate $100 to. Read on to find out why we, and our interns, want to give back.

9 Ways to Live in the Moment While Traveling Abroad

Dan Elias Bliss | May.09.2019

 

Travel demands that you live in the present moment to completely experience the world around you. However, most of the time that’s easier said than done. With so many distractions, it can be hard to totally let everything go and appreciate where you are right there and then. Lucky for you – we’ve put together nine tips and tricks to help you live in the moment while traveling abroad.  

Student Experiences: Lindsay G.'s Public Relations Internship in NYC

Kayla Lucrezi | May.03.2019

 

There’s a reason New York City is known as the city that never sleeps and the city that makes dreams come true. For Lindsey G., a student at Humber College in Toronto, Canada and a public relations intern, she found all of that to be true and more.  NYC in the springtime was the only place Lindsey wanted to be.

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