Reverse Culture Shock - 5 Things That Surprised Me About America After Traveling Abroad

By Nicola Rae

After months of traveling abroad, I was excited to get home and visit my family for a while. When my plane first touched down in America (the Miami airport, to be exact), I was surprised to feel, well, surprised. Things that used to be so normal to me now felt foreign, like I was walking into a new country all over again.

13 Tips for Stretching Your Budget in Europe

By Nicola Rae

It’s no secret. “Europe” and “Budget-friendly” don’t usually go together in the same sentences. When you’re surrounded by fantastic food, decadent wines, and fancy, historical attractions with pricy entrance fees, things can add up quickly.

Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to stretch your budget a bit farther when traveling in Europe.

Best Food, Drink & Activities to Try in Cologne, Germany

By Nicola Rae

It isn’t hard to become absolutely enamored with Germany. Who wouldn’t love a country with a tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen (or afternoon coffee and cake)? Cologne just happens to be one of most notoriously friendly German cities.

During my six week house sit in Cologne, I taught English online with VIPKID, bought four dozen kiwis from the local market because German is hard, and gorged on fresh bread because I have zero self control and I can’t walk past a bakery without trying something new. "Just a small slice, please, I have six more bakeries to pass on my walk home..."