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Trespassing Country Borders

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

If you asked people, “what is one thing you want to do before you die?”, quite a number of them would respond with “travel the world”. Which I find particularly interesting especially because the word “travel” is thought to come from the word “travail”, or even a Middle English word meaning torment, labor, or work strenuously.While traveling abroad has been …

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The Climb of My Life

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Shanghai by Irina1 Comment

My trip to Huangshan Mountain last weekend was amazing- full of nature and short on mishaps- until I got food poisoning. Our journey to the scenic park was planned in a blur. Realizing that few free weekends remained, my boyfriend and I decided last Tuesday to book our train tickets. Our tickets were for Thursday evening and we would leave …

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Raining, No Public Transport, Phones Dying, and Host Gone…?

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Prague by Alice2 Comments

I’ve witnessed a great number of travails—losing luggage or passports, getting wallets stolen, having flights delayed and driving for hours in the middle of a snowy night midst the chaos of family and relationship drama, injuries and sicknesses and getting lost. I’ve experienced a couple of these myself, but more often, I’ve been in the position of trying to help …

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Beware of Bali Belly

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Sydney by Falynn2 Comments

For Fall Break, my suitemates and I decided to make our way over to Bali, a beautiful tropical island that gets flooded with Australian tourists multiple times throughout the year. The first legs of our trip were spent separately in various parts of Australia. Since we had spent the first few days exploring Australia plus traveling to the island takes …

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Never Too Old to be a Brat

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

In the three months I’ve been in Buenos Aires, there have have been many mishaps. Whether it’s a lost wallet, a phone that won’t work, or miscalculated directions, I’ve experienced it all. These occurrences are annoyingly inconvenient when traveling internationally, but magically, they haven’t affected me much. There’s always been a silver lining to these mistrials. Without a bank card, …

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Karma police?

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Paris by Howard4 Comments

My last week’s experience well prepared me for this topic. In short, my bag was stolen. It happened so quick that I spent the last few days pondering a question: How did it happen? I spent my fall break in Luxembourg and Frankfurt. While traveling alone there, I never had any worries about personal safety. I have traveled alone to …

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Stuck in London

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Florence by Isabel1 Comment

To start, I’d like to say that a part of me wishes I didn’t have so many stories of travel mishaps, but to err is human, so my life story is full of them. Perhaps the most frustrating “travail” moment happened when I was traveling back to Florence from London. In fact, this is probably one of the worst travel …