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Marisa Experience Studying Abroad in Peru

Peru.  It’s known for…

  • Machu Picchu, the infamous mountain top ancient ruins;
  • Ceviche, a marinated raw sea food salad; and
  • Lima, one of the most up-and-coming international cities in Latin America.

But Marisa knows Peru for a different reason.

When she was just 13, Marisa was sent to Peru to study abroad.  Learn how her experience studying abroad changed her life and stemmed a passion for travel…


Things to do in Buenos Aires by Ana Astri-O’Reilly…

Eva Peron from Evita once said:

What’s new, Buenos Aires? I’m new! I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.

And you will be stuck on Buenos Aires too!

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. Known for its European-style architecture, rich cultural life, abundance of theaters, and of course, tango, Buenos Aires has something for everyone.

Ana Astri-O’Reilly was born and bred in Buenos Aires and shares her insider secrets on the best things to do in Buenos Aires…


South America Travel: Heidi’s Life-changing Walkabout…

Not too long ago, Heidi was a thirty-something, married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all.

Then, in one fell swoop, a tree limb knocked her out cold, breaking her neck, and stopped her hectic juggling act of a successful career, marriage, and life instantly.

During a slow, yearlong recovery, Heidi lost her career and divorced, but thankfully regained her health.

Through the loss and change, she gained priceless perspective. In order to solidify her lesson learned while honoring her second chance on life, Heidi went traveling.

Let’s get to know Heidi Siefkas, author, blogger, and most importantly an inspirational survivor…


Breaking the Stereotype: A Colombia Travel Story…

It all started with a childhood movie…

…and ended up changing one woman’s perspective of an entire nation.

Katy Schlegel had been told all her life of the dangers of Colombia – drug wars, murder, and poverty. Why travel to a nation with one of the highest rates of forced disappearances in the world? A nation where millions of refugees flee to other countries to escape guerrilla warfare? A nation where one third of the people live below the poverty line?

But Katy thought, why not?

Armed with an open mind and plenty of enthusiasm, danger-savvy Katy traveled to Colombia and learned first hand that the real danger lay in fear and stereotyping.

Learn how Colombia travel might be more enlightening and rewarding than you think…


Sizzling Secrets to Celebrate Carnaval in Rio Like a Pro…

I’m Katy from San Diego, California.

Before I turned the BIG 30, I was in search for something… anything that was different from the mundane life and job I had at home.

I hit a subtle wall… but a wall nevertheless.

Having worked in odd jobs here and there, I wanted to make a major change.

So I quit my jobs and headed to South America!

Brazil had always been on my radar and I am so incredibly thankful that I chose her as my first stop.  Brazil opened me up, made me vulnerable and taught me the life lessons I needed to learn along my journey.

And some of the best lessons and fun came from my time at Carnaval in Rio…