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Emily TahaBurt

Emily TahaBurt
Emily is an Admissions Counselor at Global Experiences. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt and Annapolis, MD.

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Top 10 Tips For Traveling Solo

Emily TahaBurt | August.22.2019

In London, I hugged my friends goodbye as she headed to the airport. Wandering around trying to figure out where I was going next, I realized I was now entirely on my own in an unfamiliar city.

Here I was, the last of a group of three to still be traveling, but I was so anxious about getting lost or losing my wallet that I struggled to even enjoy it. I had a few weeks until I joined my family in Egypt and hastily made arrangements to travel alone for the first time in London, Barcelona and Athens, where I would then take a short flight to Cairo.

While traveling with my friends, they seemed to know exactly where everything was, always made itineraries that seemed to make the most sense, looked at maps and found the cheapest routes. I still needed to build the confidence and skills they had. So traveling with my friends was a practice run - now was my time to experience traveling solo.

Traveling alone was something I definitely never considered or thought was an option for myself. But by the end of the journey I made on my own, it ended up being one of my favorite travel experiences and I’ve traveled several times alone since.

Here’s what I learned from my solo travels, why I travel alone (and why you should too), and my top 10 tips!

Ireland’s Most Recognizable Sites in Pop Culture and Films

Emily TahaBurt | July.17.2019

 

While interning abroad in Dublin, naturally you want to take advantage of your free time and explore the city. It’s tempting to want to see as many of its most popular sites as possible, from Trinity College to Grafton Street to Kilmainham Gaol.

That said, the beauty of the Irish landscape and countryside is common knowledge as well, but less known is that it contains some of the most recognizable sites in pop culture and films that you may not even realize.

Among the highest-grossing movie franchises, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, and most-viewed television show of all time, Game of Thrones, feature Ireland’s stunning landscape. These franchises and their fantasy theme, embrace the scenic staggering cliffs, rolling green fields, and rocky beaches that seem wild and magical - a place where adventure happens.

This puts Ireland on your next go-to list, not only learn about the history of a fascinating country, but to also enjoy some of the sites of your favorite nerdy movies. Read below to find out how you could be walking in the shoes of some of your favorite and most iconic characters across Ireland.

Intern Experience: Rachel's Human Resources Internship in Dublin

Emily TahaBurt | April.16.2019

 

Rachel Y. is a graduating senior at Salisbury University majoring in human communications. This spring, she made the journey to Dublin, Ireland, to intern in her field at the same time as completing her thesis in intercultural communications.

She felt that being in the midst of an intercultural experience would be the perfect way to experience, live, and breathe her thesis topic herself. Read more about how Rachel’s experience turned out, and check out her Snapchat Takeover to see it in action!

Intern Experience: Fiona's Video Production Internship in Dublin

Emily TahaBurt | October.18.2018

 

In a dingy diner in Dublin, intern Fiona M. sits across from a prestigious Irish documentary director over a cup of coffee. He proceeds to give her the best advice she’s received since starting her internship in Dublin: “You can tell a story and you know how to use a camera. Create something. The worst outcome is that nobody ever watches it.”

Just months before in the spring of 2017, Fiona had been happily working full-time with a video production company in the United States while taking classes part-time as a digital media graduate student at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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