Giveaway: the Women in Travel Summit 2016

As you may know, I’m on the planning team for the Women in Travel Summit (WITS), the only travel blogging conference for and by women. It’s held March 18-20, 2016 in Southern California at the Hotel Irvine, where 500 women travelers, blogger and entrepreneurs will come together to network, meet brands, and get excited about our adventures around the world! Aside from having a schedule packed with amazing speakers, I’m proud of the strong, supportive, diverse community we’ve built around WITS. One of the perks of being on the planning team is that I have a discount for you all and I’m giving one ticket to WITS away for free! So, here’s the deal: Tweet about why you’re excited to go to WITS, tagging me (@DeliaMary) and #WITS16 on twitter Get an additional entry (up to 10 total per person) for every time you share any of the following on twitter (always tagging me and #WITS16, of course!): A reason you’re excited to go to WITS My 10% discount code (DELIAWITS) with the registration link: http://bit.ly/WITStix This tweet about the contest Get 10 additional entries by registering for WITS with my 10% discount code (DELIAWITS) before the contest deadline The deadline to enter is midnight ET on 2/15/16 If the winner has already bought their ticket, we’ll refund it.  Need to be sold on the awesomeness of WITS? Watch this great video of last year’s event, made by one of our amazing volunteers, Jemma Byrne. Good luck, happy tweeting and see you in March! Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens...

I’m Going to Greece

This news has sort of trickled out in dribs and drabs, but for my last coop I’m going to Greece with NUin.  There’s a bit of info on the Greece page under the “Where I’ve Been” tab, as well as on my original announcement of employment. Reasons I’m excited about Greece: It’s another Mediterranean country I get to go to Parker and Lauren’s wedding.  The locations have different departure dates, and only Ireland or Greece would accommodate their August wedding.  I know it sounds silly, but they’re my cousins and I would hate to miss a family wedding.  I can’t think of a way to feel more homesick than to miss a big, fun event that my whole family goes to without me. I love foreign language settings (the other options were all English-speaking or Costa Rica).  I’m sure I’ll have plenty of adventures to write about stumbling through Greek. To that end, this will be my first time to go abroad with no experience at all in the language That being said, i got a phrasebook and some language software (NOT Rosetta Stone.  I’m not a fan.) I can go to Istanbul easily–it’s an 8 hour ride from Thess, and ACT runs a cheap weekend trip there every semester. I love the whole Greece/Cypres/Turkey dynamic I’m BEYOND pumped to submit an article to the NU Political Review about the Eurozone and Greece’s current economic situation.  As my dad said, “Greece used to be fine, and then it wasn’t, so Delia decided to go!” At this point, I have met my Site Director(SD), Chis, who is a retired history...

Choosing a New Place

When I first heard about the Benin trip, and how it had a one-week France component, I was a little bummed.  I had already been to france, I already had that stamp.  But I think a lot changed when I was in Cuba. As the trip got closer, I thought of paris as a comfort, as a home in so many ways.  As a breath of fresh air, the way a weekend at my parents’ house can be.  Now, when I think of bangladesh, I don’t think oh! Now I can say I’ve been to asia.  I don’t think about all the great proximate countries and how to cram them in as cheap as possible.  I think about how hard it will be to experience my first truly blind foreign language experience.  I think about how ill probably be alone, and what will I do for housing.  I think about how they treat women, and wonder whether harassment is prevalent.  When I think about the Dominican Republic, I think of the comforts of Spanish and familiar food.  I think of the proximity to Cuba and Haiti.  I think about how going there three times in a six month period will be such an asset.  Of course, I also hope there will be enough food, and that I wont get sick of spending so much time there. I think a lot, too, about the choices I don’t make.  Latin america isn’t supposed to be my focus area.  Shouldn’t I be in Africa or the Middle East?  Shouldn’t, as a friend suggested, I be running back to Cairo? This is where...

Ten Things No One Tells You About Study Abroad

You will have at least one nervous breakdown. People don’t really want to hear that much about your trip.  30 seconds or less will do. Other countries are really not that scary.  The people are pretty much just like us–they just dress, talk and act different, and eat different food. Some days, it will suck. This is because it is real life, not an extended vacation.  So laugh and keep moving.  Even if you have to fake it, you probably won’t notice when you stop needing to. You will spend too much money. No matter how carefully you pack, you will have brought too much, and still manage to have left behind something you totally miss It’s harder to adjust to life back home at the end of the trip than life away from home at the beginning. Everyone gets in.  Well, pretty close to it. Everyone lies about how perfect study abroad is.  Study abroad is awesome, but not perfect.  I promise, your friends don’t post pictures, blogs or status updates about feeling overwhelmed, having trouble making friends, or being ridiculously homesick.  No one wants to admit “defeat” especially since everyone else’s time seems so perfect.  But everyone is having their rough days, too. You will, in fact, spend the same amount of time on facebook and watching movies/television as you did back home. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click...

Turning Down Travel

Earlier this week, I made a very difficult decision: I’m not going to Honduras this November.  I haven’t been anywhere outside of the US (not that I haven’t travelled!)  since I got back from Benin this past June, and my feet itch.  My would-have-been travel companion and I are both working full time on co-op, which makes a looong weekend away seem even more enticing.  It would be warm, they speak Spanish, and there are amazing Mayan ruins and renowned scuba diving.  We’ve traveled together before, and have similar styles (fast-walkin’, mystery meat-eatin’, history-lovin’ sarcastic types.)  It’s notoriously cheap, (once you get there) and we even found bargain basement airfare.  But alas, we are not going.  Travel is only really cheap if you have time.  Time for a less direct route or slower method of transport; time to spend in a cheap country for the plane tickets to balance out across your cost per day.  We have neither of these.  When it came down to it, we both realized our food wouldn’t be as cheap as we hope, because there’s a learning curve on that one.  And our lodging probably wouldn’t be too bad, but still more per night than I’d like.  But when it all comes down to it, it’s about time.  We wouldn’t be able to stay long enough for the bargain flight to cost little enough per day to make it worthwhile.  And then throw in diving and we’re well about the $100/day mark.  Sad, travel-less faces for Emily and I.  On the bright side, we both realized this about the same time, so there is no fighting,...

You Know You’re a Yovo if…

You think women should probably wear shirts, most of the time You like your roads paved, and with potholes fewer than three feet wide The only thing you knew about Vodoun before Benin came from movies You wear sunscreen and bug spray, have a bug net and carry bottled water everywhere you go You talk about showering more than you actually do it You had never heard of Benin before you decided to go there …but now you can’t wait to go back You don’t wear heels to walk in the mud, but you DO carry your own bag You don’t know how to successfuly carry things on your head You’re afraid to cross the street, never mind get on a motorbike You will probably never attempt to breast feed while carrying something on your head AND riding a motorbike You’ve never authored a “Nigerian Prince” email You refuse to swim in the standing water, and maybe even the ocean water too You eat peanut butter You point and yell (or perhaps whisper) every time you see a Yovo you don’t already know You’ve been kidnapped (in a good-natured, well-meaning sort of way) at least once You’re still annoyed by street harassment You’re taken aback every time people ask if you’re a Christian Your shirt and pants don’t match EXACTLY, and your family does not wear matching clothes Your head has a maximum of two braids at any given time You’re still a little surprised there’s never any cold beer–oh yeah, and you drink “Beninoise”, not “33” People laugh when you eat with your hands You don’t speak Fon,...

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