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4 Places to See Before You Die

Our world is filled with more than seven wonders. There is really too much to see in one lifetime, unless you happen to be independently wealthy. If you had to pick and choose only a few places to see during your tenure on Planet Earth, these might be the top four you would select.

1. The Galapagos Islands

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Located off the coast of Ecuador, you’ll find the Galapagos Islands (14 of them, to be exact). They’re a great sanctuary of natural beauty and home to some of the most unusual wildlife you’re ever likely to see. Have you ever witnessed an iguana jumping into the ocean? You might, if you visit the Galapagos. Read more…

Posted on August 2, 2013 at by dave

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10 Unusual but Useful Items for Backpacking

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The goal for backpacking to a new location is to bring a small amount of very efficient items. These essentials should be durable and last you throughout your trek.

While some travel items may be obvious, there are a number of everyday household items and unusual gadgets that can come in handy during your adventures. Take a look at these ten surprising essentials you might want to pack. Read more…

Posted on August 1, 2013 at by dave

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Why You Need Hotel Travel Apps

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I love to travel. I find new places and new cultures exciting. But I don’t have an unlimited budget, and in order to feed my desire for adventure, I have to make my wallet stretch as much as possible. One of the ways I do this is by using travel apps, especially those that help me find a good hotel at a decent price. Read more…

Posted on July 29, 2013 at by dave

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Traveling to go diving: Diving destinations for international students

divingOne of the best things about studying abroad is the opportunity to travel to nearby cities and countries during school breaks. For international students who are also certified scuba divers, a semester abroad can be the perfect opportunity to visit new diving destinations you might otherwise never see. Here’s a list of great places to consider while you’re planning your side trips for the semester or school year.

Tulamben, Bali

Divers studying in Asia will enjoy a visit to the wreck of the USS Liberty, located near the coast of Tulamben. The Liberty was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II, after which it was towed to Bali and spent 42 years on the beach.

In 1963, the Gunung Agung Volcano erupted and pushed the wreck out to sea, where it sank into black sand just off the coast. This is a relatively easy dive and therefore good for beginners; keep an eye out for garden eels, large schools of fish and hammerhead sharks.

Surin Islands, Thailand

Divers flock to this island in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand to pay a visit Richelieu Rock. This spot is famous for its whale sharks, and in fact this is one of the places in the world where you’ll be most likely to swim alongside the gentle shark species during a dive. You’ll also see other species of marine life, like dogtooth tuna.

Queensland, Australia

The Land Down Under is a popular destination for international students; likewise, the wreck of the SS Yongala is a popular destination for divers. The ship sank off the coast of Queensland in 1911 and was discovered in the ‘50s; dive here for the opportunity to check out the spooky ship and to see the rare bull sharks and manta rays that make their homes in the wreck today.

Travel considerations

You’ll have a lot of items to tick off your list before you leave for your time abroad. First, you have to decide if you’ll bring your own dive kit with you or if you’ll rent once you arrive. If you decide to pack your own diving supplies, weigh them before you leave for the airport to avoid—or at least be prepared for—excess weight baggage fees. On the other hand, if you decide to rent diving supplies upon your arrival, factor that fee into the overall cost of your trip when you’re still in the planning stages. And it goes without saying that it’s crucial to check to make sure the equipment you rent is safe and in good condition.

As far as other safety considerations go, it’s a good idea to pack a first-aid kit in your carry-on for emergencies. Always dive with a partner, and tell someone back on land where you’re going and when you’ll be back. And consider purchasing international student health insurance to ensure medical coverage should something go wrong during your dive—or at any other time during your semester or year abroad.

Depending on where you study, your semester abroad provides a rare opportunity to pursue your passions for diving and travel while also continuing to pursue your studies. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience by incorporating a dive trip or two into your international study experience. The above destinations are a great jumping-off point for the numerous possibilities open to you, so do your research and make your diving plans now.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at by Guest Author

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Mobile Learning of Foreign Language

Mobile learning with gadgets was totally unheard of during earlier times. One either has to go to the classroom or study through correspondence. This entailed having to stay put in a particular place to be able to complete education. Transferring from one place to another made it impossible to attend and finish classes in one school. Even short-term courses were impossible to finish when students had to be largely mobile due to work and other obligations.

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The Advent of Mobile Gadgets

With the coming of the computer age, a lot of things have changed specifically in the way of life of humans including education. First, computers made it possible to study at home without having to be physically present in school campuses. Then the laptops which were obviously more portable  came. From then on up to now with the smaller gadgets like the tablets and smartphones being used for learning purposes, learning definitely became more accessible and convenient.

Mobile Learning Everywhere

Mobile learning is seen everywhere. Almost every student has some sort of gadget at hand which can be conveniently opened wherever it is seen fit. Working people and frequent travelers are not very far behind.

Language Learning

When a person is interested to learn a language , he or she traditionally gets it by enrolling in a language school. Thai classes will provide learning for Thai language, German classes will provide learning for the German language, and so on.

Although face-to-face classes are still considered the best option for language learning, online support also plays an important role. Mobile gadgets such as laptops and smartphones have made it possible to continuously learn while on the go.

Advantages of Mobile Learning

Mobile learning  usually makes use of modules divided into phases. The idea in mobile study  is that it is done according to the preferred phase of the student. It is no different in learning foreign languages.

The most common potential seen by students for foreign language study through this proposition is that the learning procedure is a lot more convenient. Separate modules are taken in a pre-arranged schedule. While absorbing the foreign language through actual use, students are given the opportunity to review and confirm certain points in online study.

Foreign languages can now be learned online with a lot of help from gadgets and language schools that offer them in such platform. Mobile learning can even happen en-route to the chosen place of travel. In this time and age, there is nothing that should prevent people from learning.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at by Teresa Martinez

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