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Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson

“Let’s run away to Venice, and hide out in an old movie theater. We can dye our hair blonde, so no one will ever find us!” - The Thief Lord

Amanda is an undergraduate student studying economics and journalism at Colorado State University. Her passions include, traveling, photography, dance, and writing. Amanda is an adventure enthusiast and you could often find her taking a spontaneous road-trip or wandering through the nooks and crannies of a city, with her camera of course! Her favorite city to travel to (and get lost in) is Venice, Italy.

Articles By Amanda Thompson

Surviving Culture Shock While Studying Abroad Off the Beaten Path Published 06 Feb 2017

Study abroaders dread the infamous and inevitable question from every family member, relative, friend, acquaintance, and Facebook stalker: “So, how was your study abroad experience?”, “How was your time in (insert country here)?”, “How was traveling in...

Living the Dream: How to Work & Travel Abroad Published 01 Feb 2017

Better bust out that yoga mat and start doing some downward dogs because one of the challenges of working and traveling abroad is finding the right balance between your job and your travels — this is a type of balance not even your favorite yoga instru...

7 Ways to Cope with Culture Shock Published 18 Jan 2017

You? Experiencing symptoms of culture shock? Never. You’re too open-minded and outgoing for that, right? Think again. Culture shock is a psychological phenomenon that is experienced by many people who study, volunteer, or work abroad for an extended pe...

The Pros & Cons of Moving to a New Country Published 13 Jul 2017

How to move to another countryIt’s official. You’ve finally summoned up the courage to pack your bags, submitted your two weeks notice, and broke the news to your friends and family that you’re peacing out and moving to a foreign country. But, before y...

Traveling Smart: 7 Offensive Words To Avoid Abroad Published 04 Jan 2017

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Many people have heard this saying before and either have disagreed— or have never had a single negative word thrown at them. Since the majority of the audience reading this has prob...

Presents for Your Presence: Giving Your Host Family the Perfect Gift Published 31 Jul 2017

Should I get host family gifts? Duh! This question pops into the minds of many travelers when they suddenly realize that “homestay” is exactly what it sounds like – they’ll be living under one roof with strangers (not to mention also with their kindnes...

Turning Back the Clock: 10 Ways Traveling Turns You Into a Child Published 29 Nov 2016

After you surpass the ages of middle school or even high school, you always hear your peers saying, “Man, remember the times when we had designated naps in class, and the only thing we got in trouble for was not coloring in the lines? Those were the go...

3 Biggest Hurdles to Studying Abroad (& How to Overcome Them!) Published 18 Nov 2016

Studying abroad – whether you go to another English-speaking country or choose to go someplace superduper foreign – is the experience of a lifetime, and a fantastic high-impact learning opportunity for any college student. Study abroad programs allow s...

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Abroad Published 16 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving is a day best known for bringing a sense of family, togetherness, and fellowship — and maybe adding a few extra pounds to the muffin top. Aside from the copious amounts of turkey and mashed potatoes consumed, Thanksgiving celebrations are ...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in St. Kitts & Nevis Published 04 Nov 2016

Volunteer work doesn’t have to be serving food in soup kitchens or pulling out weeds in a messy lawn. Stray away from the norm and volunteer abroad in paradise; you’ll have the chance to island hop and scuba dive with sea-turtles into the ...

9 Spooktacular Destinations That’ll Get Your Heart Racing Published 06 Oct 2016

October is here and our desire for paranormal travel has never been stronger! If you have a heart for Halloween and all things haunting and spooky, you’ve stopped by the right corner of the internet. While normally we’d share some foreign exchange stud...

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Seoul Published 28 Sep 2016

If you have a passion for teaching, love explaining the complexities of English plurals, and an addiction to KBBQ, then taking TEFL courses in Seoul will light a fire in your soul hotter than the spicy pork! Seoul is a sprawling metropolis full of sky...

5 Things You Need to Know When Applying for Study Abroad Loans Published 23 Sep 2016

It’s that time of the year – you’re scrambling to study for finals, prepping for winter break plans, and getting ready to embark on a study abroad adventure that seems right around the corner (even though in reality, it’s a few months away). It’s an ex...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Greece Published 13 Sep 2016

If it’s good enough for the Greek gods Cupid and Poseidon, it’s definitely good enough for an adventurous soul like you. Known as one of the most mountainous countries in Europe, Greece is practically a hiking, backpacking, and camping hea...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in Germany Published 06 Sep 2016

Raise your stein and prost because adventuring abroad in Deutschland is the coolest thing since sliced bread, or Mischbrot. Explore the country with an outdoorsy bike ride, or if you’re fascinated by Germany’s intriguing warfare history, t...

A Guide to Adventure Travel in the Philippines Published 31 Aug 2016

First off, can we just address the fact there’s a place called the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines? Despite its name (and everyone’s hopes), the Chocolate Hills are not made of chocolate; instead, it is just a gorgeous, vast area made u...

A Guide to Language Programs in Ireland Published 24 Aug 2016

Duo Lingo just ain’t cutting it?! Fear not. There are plenty of languages to master by taking language courses in Ireland (just don’t forget to pack your lucky green socks!). Whether you want to tackle traditional Irish (or Gaelic), perfec...

Celebrating Equality for Women: 96 Years & Counting Published 22 Aug 2016

It’s no secret that women have endured centuries of discrimination, inequality, and barriers to opportunity. Over the years, we’ve seen more and more rights and equality being granted to women; progress has been made, but there is still much to be done...

A Guide to Ski Resort Internships Abroad Published 18 Aug 2016

Shred the gnar as a ski resort intern abroad and you will have the luxury of enjoying the gorgeous snow covered Swiss Alps from the comfort of the indoor fireplace (maybe?). In countries like Switzerland, Canada, and China, skiing and winter sports cu...

Make a Difference: Ways to Celebrate International Youth Day Published 16 Aug 2017

Not to sound too much like Horton, but “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Sometimes it takes the smallest voice to make the biggest difference. International Youth Day, celebrated on August 12 every year, is right around the corner, and as a d...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Czech Republic Published 09 Aug 2016

If you’ve been czeching out the Czech Republic for your next study abroad destination, you’d be surprised to know that there's much more to the country than its one Euro beer (although, that is one of the many perks!). Studying abroad in t...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Guatemala Published 21 Jul 2016

If you have a heart for travel and a passion for volunteering, why not give back to the country where the first chocolate bar was invented? Not only is Guatemala home this key ingredient of any delicious dessert, it is also home to many unique ecosyst...

Don't Study Abroad - Stay Home & Play Pokemon Go Instead Published 19 Jul 2016

“Dude, I totally just evolved my 254 CP Ponyta that I caught with a Great Ball, into a 578 CP Rapidash! Oh and I got a free egg and lure from this Pokestop...I’m on a ROLL!”Yup, you read right. Pokemon Go is taking the world by storm, so it’s no surpri...

A Guide to Language Programs in Rome Published 20 Apr 2016

Strolling along on the uneven but quaint cobble stoned alley ways, inhaling the warm and delicious smells of freshly made pizza formaggio, and taking in the magically lit fountains that tower in the center of every piazza is enough to make any languag...