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This Is the Year to Start the Blog You’ve Always Wanted to Start and Here’s How

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

With a new year comes new inspiration and resolutions to propel us to new heights. If you’ve always dreamed of one day having your own blog to share your travels, your style or even your day-to-day thoughts… this is your year.

It’s been about five years since the formation of Dame Traveler’s blog, and over this time we’ve collected some outstanding resources for new, or soon-to-be bloggers. Here they are!

Beginner Steps on How to Start a Blog

Find A Niche

Many influencers in the past have claimed that “blogging is dead” – but we wholeheartedly disagree. Sure, we live in a oversaturated media age… but by no means does that mean there isn’t room at the table for everyone. Each one of us has a perspective and a voice worth hearing. It’s time to share yours! There is an audience out there begging for your knowledge, your style, your voice. Do it, girlfriend.

Finding a “niche” comes down to getting clear about your passions, as well as targeting problems you are capable of solving or areas of need. For example, if you are incredibly passionate about outdoor adventures, look into competitive blogs out there and see what is missing or you’d personally had loved to see years ago when you started.

Pick A Name

What’s in a name? Choosing a name for your blog is perhaps one of the hardest elements for most! Some things to note, choose a name that stands the test of time. This is not the time to get too trendy! As years pass, many bloggers have turned to more classic names (or even changed their branding to simply be their name).

Choose evergreen qualities associated with your ideals or mission. Make a list of words and descriptors associated with your niche and your pathos/ethos, see what sticks! And from there, simplify once more. Your name should be simple enough for new readers to remember!

P.S. changing your name down the road isn’t the biggest headache… so don’t get bogged down in this step of the process or have it stop your progress! Move forward with something that fits, you can always change it later if needed.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Domain

After you’ve picked a name, it’s time to commit! Buying a domain is simple and straightforward. Choose a reliable registrar (we happen to love using GoDaddy) and run a domain name search to see if yours is available. This can get a bit picky in today’s day and age as many domains have been used or are already existing by other users… so get creative. A simple change your “.com” to something similar to “.co” will do… or add hyphens between words.

Side note: be sure your name’s social media handle is available in some shape or form!

WordPress / Plugins

There are many other blogging platforms others adore, so be sure to do your research. We’re huge fans of WordPress‘s customization, and can’t argue with its price point for beginning bloggers. Another huge benefit to WordPress it that all users own all of their content. Plus, it’s a simple integration from your domain website and presto! Once you’ve gotten set up on WordPress, it’s time to download some plugins to streamline your blog’s functionality. Some of our favorites include: YoastSEO, Classic Editor, WP Instagram Widget, Really Simple SSL, JetPack by WordPress.com, and Contact Form. 

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Template

Templates are a blast to explore once you’ve set up the backend of your blog! When searching for a template, it’s important to choose a theme that stays true to your “brand” – colors, fonts and layout cannot be overlooked. If you have no idea where to start, start sifting through your favorite websites and see how they organize their websites. Do you enjoy having a series of blog posts mentioned on your homepage, or are you looking for a journal-esque entry? What fonts do you love? Do you like clean, minimal templates or detailed, playful ones? WordPress has many templates to experiment with (ours is the Rosemary Theme)… so just start trying! There are also amazing template designers out there too, so don’t be afraid to reach out to theme/template creators if you’re willing to invest.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Our Standby Resources

Once you’ve got a solid foundation for your blog, it’s time to get into the fun stuff! Below are some of our standout resources we’d happily invest in over and over again.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Replica Surfaces

Foodies know that having a handful of props helps any and all shooting circumstances. We discovered Replica Surfaces earlier this year and are obsessed with their photography backdrops. They’re lightweight, realistic backdrops to photograph any time, anywhere with. Their textures and portability can’t be beat!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Fujifilm X-T20 or Fujifilm X-T30

If photography is something you’re hoping to delve into with your blog, the Fujifilm X-T20 or the Fujifilm X-T30 are excellent mirrorless cameras that pack a punch. Needless to say, the ability to capture stunning photographs is a crucial element to blogging in today’s day and age… so investing in an excellent started camera with advanced settings like these are a must. (P.S. read more our photography gear and tech resources here.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Google Pixel 4XL

If you’re a soon to be blogger on the go, the Google Pixel 4XL is an awesome addition to your line up. The camera on it are just as high of quality than many other beginner point and shoot cameras (if not better)! P.S. if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone travel photography skills… read this post!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Google Analytics

To deeply understand your blog’s growth and content your readers are referring to… or to brainstorm some goals month to month, Google Analytics is your go-to resource! Google Analytics is a web analytics service that reports traffic on your blog, giving you insight and a clear idea on what’s most popular. You can also easily see where your followers are coming from, from the keywords that drew them to your site and what content they’re engaging with most. It’s a one-stop look into the details of your blog’s growth!

Tailwind

Tailwind has completely refreshed and rejuvenated our Pinterest posts! Essentially, Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling app that uses an algorithm to identify when your posts will reach the biggest audience and the best engagement. It also re-shares evergreen content that is re-pinned and loved by Pinterest followers too. Tailwind is not only a streamlined way to keep on top of Pinterest, but it’s grown our blog readership tenfold!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Canva

Canva is an excellent resource to create graphic designs yourself that align with your blog’s branding and design. Whether a Instagram Story template that directs your followers to a new blog post, or a collaged collection or photos for a chic roundup post… Canva has a design for everything. They also have printing services too! Perfect for business cards and other PDF designs you may make.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Presets

If you’re ready to start upping your photography skills with your new blog, experimenting with photography looks is a fun step of the process. Finding a look and vibe that you’re excited by is a crucial step of the creative process and presets can help!

Find Us Lost Presets

We love Find Us Lost Presets, especially their full collection of Adobe Lightroom presets, inspired by various destinations they’ve traveled to. You’ll find endless options, no matter what lighting situation you shot in during your travels, as well as a really handy editing tutorial video and installation guide to answer any questions you run into! (P.S. if you’re on Instagram and not following Find Us Lost, stop what you’re doing right now and do so. We’re obsessed!)

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Bon Traveler Lightroom Presets

Another of our favorite photo editing collections is Bon Traveler’s Lightroom Presets! Created by Jessica Wright (one of our favorite travel photographers and bloggers), these presets have such a dreamy, creamy tone to them. Created to take out the guessing when it comes to editing photos – these presets are balanced, have the hues and luminance to create a warm “vibe” to each snap you’ve captured. You’ll find each collection has a desktop or mobile option to choose from, which is perfect for synching up any smartphone photos with your DSLR shots for a uniform look. We also love that each collection mentions what they were inspired by and how Jessica uses them for various locations.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Everybody Lies Book

If Instagram growth and monetization are your two biggest goals after establishing your blog – read “Everybodies Lies” and thank us later! It’s a dive deep into the world of social media, candidly uncovering the experts and influencers’ unspoken secrets. If you’re at all curious about what it takes for entrepreneurs and aspiring influencers do to cultivate their audience, this book breaks it down in a simplified and streamlined manner. Expect all the tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere on the internet!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

 


We truly believe this is the time to really start that blog you’ve always dreamed of creating. Happy blogging!

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How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels

How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels

Have you ever had a big, crazy idea that just wouldn’t go away? It starts out small – a mere pipe dream, but it persists. The idea takes shape and eventually evolves into an obsession, until it reaches the point where hardly anyone or anything could talk you out of it.

I’ve been there. Not that long ago, my husband and I hit pause on our normal lives in pursuit of a crazy dream just like that. Some would call it a mid-life crisis, a gap year for grown-ups or in more traditional terms a sabbatical.

Were there doubts in taking off at age 30 – of course, but sometimes in life you find yourself at a crossroads where you’re just nimble enough to make a big life change and just crazy enough to pull the trigger. We’d found ourselves in a unique set of circumstances – we were married but did not yet have kids, and we had just enough passive income from investments coming in to keep us afloat while we made the travel dream a reality.

At the end of the day, it all came down to priorities – by articulating that travel was at the top, it empowered us to make the necessary sacrifices to make it happen. It seems that the greatest fear was from the act of leaving itself, like going over the first big drop on a rollercoaster – it’s scary leading up to it, but once you’re over the hump it’s smooth sailing.

How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels
How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels

After much debate, we did it. We gave notice at our jobs, rented out our house and left Florida on a one-way ticket to Europe. Over the course of a year and a half we visited 16 countries, hiked 500 miles across Spain and spent the winter skiing in the mountains of Colorado.

While I grew up traveling extensively, the sabbatical felt different from an ordinary vacation. We practiced the art of slow travel, attempting to “live” in each new place and experience it from a more local perspective. We opted for Airbnb’s in lieu of hotels, went to yoga and the grocery store, all while still managing to tick some major items off our bucket list.

How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels
How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels

In retrospect, I’ve sometimes asked myself why we turned our entire lives upside down to travel, trading in the comfort and stability of our normal lives in search of passport stamps, airports and foreign languages we didn’t understand.

Our goal was to travel without a plan, to immerse ourselves in other cultures and to experience wonder in new places. The unexpected result from our gap year was how much we learned about ourselves and one another. Long-term travel brings up traits you might not know that you had – resilience, a new hobby, a stronger marriage, a greater appreciation for opportunities, or even just seeing your hometown through a fresh set of eyes.

These days epic travel photos seem to be the currency of our generation. We live in an age of insatiable wanderlust, inundated daily with tailored images of the world’s most beautiful places. Once hidden corners of the globe are now at risk of overexposure, we Google GPS coordinates for the “most Instagrammable” places before we even set foot in a country, or we wait in line to take the same photo as everybody else. If we’re not careful, it can make us question why we’re going to such great lengths to travel at all.

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How A Sabbatical Changed My Life & My Travels

But in reality, it’s often the travel moments that aren’t photographed that carry the most weight. We travel not for the likes or the blog posts, but to challenge ourselves, to nurture our curiosity, and to find a greater appreciation of both where we come from and this wide world that we live in.

Upon returning home, I’ve been asked many times, “Are you done traveling?”

The short answer – no. I’ll never be done traveling, and as long as I’m on this side of the ground, I never will be. To travel is to dream, and for that reason I’ll always book that next flight.

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Lessons I’ve Learned As A Traveling Writer

Passion and profession should coincide, this is what I have always believed in. I have two big passions: writing and discovering new places. And I want to tell the world how I manage to bring them together… or how I at least try to do so. Today, I’ll be sharing the lessons I’ve learned as a traveling writer.

I was born into a traditional family of a doctor and housewife (who were the best parents one could imagine). My grandparents were a great part of my life, too, and my sweetest memories are connected to them.

One of my grandfathers knew 7 languages, all of which he learned during his travels. He used to tell me stories about different countries and their cultures. My other grandfather had many maps. World maps, maps of Armenia of today and Armenia of the past. I remember him teaching my brothers and I all about the world’s history.

And we used to camp with my parents. Frankly, I am most grateful to them for this, as camping as a child made me a strong woman. Our favorite destination was one of the wild beaches of Lake Sevan. The sound of morning waves still rings in my ears.

What comes to writing, I was always hopeless book lover. I always saw the author of each book as a leader who wanted to take me somewhere new. And, in turn, I always wanted to take people to my own world. After I graduated from University, I considered doing a career in IT… but deep in my heart I always knew that was not enough for me. My heart has always been in the highlands. 

Eventually, some things made me take the risk and pursue my dream: exploring every corner of my country. I am from Armenia, a small country lost in the mountains of Caucasus. The land of Noah, home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It may seem that traveling in 29,743 square kilometers is not a huge deal for a “real” traveler… but I wanted to be in each and every city, town, and village, I wanted to climb all the peaks and swim in each lake.

I don’t want to talk about how difficult it is to travel as a woman, I want to share how I overcame many of my own difficulties. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned as a traveling writer.

  1. Finance: When it comes to traveling constantly, finance is one of the major issues you have to deal with. I do earn money with freelance writing and actually, my trips make a great material for me to write about. Working remotely is a useful solution for many professionals, and nowadays companies are more open to hiring world citizens, no matter where you are located. I’m lucky enough as Armenia has strong internet coverage and I can work from almost anywhere within the country.
  2. Cultural obstacles: In the beginning, I thought I won’t have this problem as long as I travel in my own country… but the local mindset can be totally different from town to town and from village to village. To overcome this difficulty, you just need to know as much as you can about the place you visit and the people who live there. What may seem normal in the capital city may even offense people living in a village. The important thing is to understand that you enter into another culture, and if you want to be accepted, you should accept it first.
  3. Getting tired: Currently, I’m not in a very active period of traveling, but I know what it means to miss being home. Like everything else, traveling has limits. I believe each of us needs to have somewhere to come back to when we need some peace. They say you leave a piece of you everywhere you go… so you need to recharge every now and then to be ready for more.

Though there are some other difficulties that I have faced while being a traveling writer, I also want to speak about the things that changed in and around me with my decision. Here they are…

  1. Self-confidence: This period of life made me believe that I’m capable of much more than I thought I was. It doesn’t only concern to physical abilities, it’s more about believing in yourself. When you are in the middle of nowhere all alone, you start to concentrate more on what you can do rather than what you can’t. 
  2. Getting more sociable: I thought I was sociable until I found myself feeling awkward to ask complete strangers for help. It was tough in the beginning, but one day I understood that the trip has no meaning to me if I don’t get acquainted with the locals. Here in Armenia, people are hospitable and you may end up getting a tasty dinner, a free ride or even a room for the night.
  3. Stepping out of comfort zone: Traveling itself may seem like you step out of your comfort zone, but we always try to create one around us. It’s about a decision one should make. Go to different places, try something new every time and one day you’ll find yourself craving for more.

I know this is just the beginning of my adventure as a traveling writer and I want to encourage every woman out there to travel more, to find out more, to experience more. When you start discovering how big the world is, your troubles seem to get smaller and smaller.


Interested in learning more about remote work or travel-related jobs? Be sure to check out our “Will Work For Travel” section of the blog, where we have lots of great articles on this topic!

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11 Ways You Can Get Paid To Travel The World

 

Have you ever considered making a career out of travel? Working your way around the world? Being a digital nomad so you can travel wherever, whenever? Years ago, the idea of working while traveling never occurred to me. I thought in order to travel you had two options: 1) wait until your annual vacation days rolled around, or 2) save up so you could quit your job and budget your way around the world until your travel fund ran out before repeating the process again.

Back then, I knew there had to be another way. I felt homesick for Italy (where I had studied abroad two years prior) and with a yearning desire to see more of Europe, I consulted Google University to see if there was any way I could travel for my job. Not much came up on Google back in 2013, however, I remembered the names of some group travel companies for students during my time in Italy. There are tour guides leading the trips, right? So that’s exactly what I set out to do: be a tour guide.

I applied for a company based in Italy, landed an interview, and got the offer. A few months later I found myself stepping off the plane in Florence, Italy, dragging my luggage across cobblestone streets to the apartment I would call home for six months.

Everyone said I was crazy when I told them what I wanted to do; they would say that when you graduate college you “have to” get an 8-5 job you don’t really like in order to justify your diploma. “Keep your head down for two years” was a phrase I heard many times. When life is anything but guaranteed, “keeping my head down” and droning through my days was the exact opposite of what I wanted – especially when I had a feeling my work + travel experience would boost my resume, not hurt it.

 

Working while traveling is a challenging, rewarding, and growing experience. Not only do you gain valuable skills through your job (or simply by being on the road), working abroad stands out on your resume. When I returned home after working in Italy, my work + travel experience was always a point of conversation during interviews, and it helped me land what was my dream job at the time (yes, it was an 8-5)!

Now having worked multiple jobs abroad, whether it was during my vacation time, between moves, or most recently, online work for my business, I truly believe travel careers are something worth considering for those who feel called to them.

 

 

Here are 11 ways you can get paid to travel.

Location Based Jobs Abroad

There are many ways you can work abroad, whether it is short-term, long-term, or open-ended.

First, you’ll want to consider your schedule, current work situation, and – if you’re looking at long-term or open-ended jobs – if you’re able and willing to move to another city or country when looking at location-based jobs.

After, you’ll need to determine how you’re getting paid and/or if the job covers any travel expenses.

 1. Tour Guide

 

As mentioned above, being a tour guide in Italy introduced me to the world of working abroad.

You can work for a group travel company like I did, which offered full package multi-day trips (this means working overnight and long hours, but you’re literally traveling for work so it’s not a bad tradeoff).

Alternatives could be leading city tours, day trips, or specialty tours (think wine tours or food tours).

2. Work for Your Company at Their International Office

 

Do you already work for an international company? Do they have offices in other countries, and can you do your position at any of those offices? Do you speak the language if the international office doesn’t communicate in your native language?

A friend of mine did this a few years ago. She works for an international hotel chain and was able to transfer to the hotel in London, and her husband did the same with his accounting job. I have another friend who works at a public relations agency and transferred to the New York City office.

Look into it!

3. Work for an NGO or a Government Organization Abroad

There are both NGOs and governmental organizations all over the world. If you have the experience and drive to work abroad in support of an NGO or your country, then it doesn’t hurt to see what’s out there.

4. Educational Conferences

Over the past six years I’ve worked eight conferences as a faculty member for international students, teaching curriculum on cross-cultural communication and business/entrepreneurship. Doing this took me to Europe, China, Washington, DC, New York City, and Yale University. In exchange for the (very) long hours I would get a paycheck and/or travel expenses covered, like flights, housing, and meals.

The conferences I personally worked at ranged from nine days to 2.5 months, and I applied for conferences that worked around my schedule (shorter ones when I was using vacation time from my 8-5 job; longer ones when I was working for myself since my work was flexible).

There are many educational conferences or student travel companies, usually in the summer. Like any event, conferences don’t just need educators or speakers – they need managers and logistical, behind-the-scenes staff, too. There are many roles you can find with this if you’re looking for a short-term work + travel opportunity.

5. Seasonal Jobs

 

Going off the point above, there are many seasonal jobs you could consider if you’re looking for something short-term. Summer camps and ski resorts around the world are two examples that come to mind of places who seek additional help for a short time.

6. Flight Attendant or Pilot

This one seems obvious, doesn’t it?! You are literally traveling for your job and go wherever the plane goes. Flight crew tend to get decent perks and discounts from the airline they work for, too.

7. Cruise Ship Employee

This is another job that has you traveling for work, as you go wherever the ship goes!

Because a cruise ship has a lot of moving parts in order to keep it running successfully, there are a variety of jobs available, even ones you might not normally think of – a few years back I considered applying to be a fitness instructor (out of all positions!) aboard a Caribbean cruise ship.

8. Teach English Abroad

If you’re a native English speaker, consider teaching English at a school abroad. This is a very popular travel job, especially for recent grads, as the requirements are usually pretty simple: be a native English speaker, have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, and hold a certification with TESOL or TEFL. Many TESOL or TEFL certifications can be done online, and there are also companies that will match you up with a school.

You’ll be based in a foreign country and can travel on weekends and school breaks. Some positions might cover your travel expenses, too, like flights, housing, or travel insurance.

Do your research on this one. Luckily, there is plenty of information online you can find with a simple Google or Pinterest search.

Work Online and Travel

 

We live in a fascinating day and age with the advancements of technology. Many people are working a full-time job remotely, doing freelance/contract work, or starting businesses they can run entirely online.
If you have the self-motivation to get work done on your own and an entrepreneurial spirit, then consider these opportunities you can do anywhere with Wi-Fi.

9. Freelance Work

 

When you are freelancing, you are self-employed and work with clients (businesses or individuals). You get paid for the service(s) you provide, whether that be hourly, project-based, or on an on-going basis. You can freelance anything, and if you’re working online, all you need is your laptop and an internet connection.

Many companies that hire freelancers do so to save on costs they would put toward a traditional employee like health care or benefits. Depending on what you’re doing, as a freelancer you can usually set your own hours (get work done on your own time) and work from anywhere.

For the past 2.5 years I’ve worked entirely online as a freelancer, doing social media marketing, Pinterest, and online coaching for various companies. Most of my client work is month-to-month which helps me feel more secure with my income.

I highly recommend looking into freelance work if you are just getting started with your work + travel lifestyle as it doesn’t require you to start a business or create products of your own. You can get started with no upfront cost, and since you’re getting paid for your services, there is no physical inventory you need to worry about when traveling.

10. Start an Online Business

With that said, starting and running an online business is definitely something you can do while traveling. Depending on what you do it will likely take a lot of work, hustle, and determination to validate your offerings, make sales, and keep it running.

But wait, how do you run an online business without physical products?

For one, you could do something service-based, like run a marketing agency or do online coaching. You could create a mobile app. You could sell digital products like e-courses, online memberships, e-books; license stock photos or videos; do consulting, do drop-shipping…the list goes on!

11. Blogger or Content Creator

 

Many people are monetizing their online presence and personal brands, whether it be through blogging, social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and podcasts.

This is usually not the quickest route to making money online, though it can be entirely rewarding if you feel passionate about it. Additionally, you can use it as a platform or portfolio for freelance services (before my blog made any money I used it as a portfolio for potential clients to showcase my experience building an audience).

As far as making money as a blogger or content creator, there are many ways to do so. The most popular and common way is to work with brands and showcase products in exchange for exposure on your platform.

Bloggers and content creators often set up affiliate marketing links (earning commission off recommended products clicked through their links) on their blog posts or video descriptions.

Another common option is to consider selling digital products based on the niche of your platform. For example, if you are a photographer you could create and sell an e-book or e-course on photography tips for beginners.

 

There you have it! Use this list as a launching pad to see what is out there in terms of working abroad, or even making a career out of travel. Do your best to ditch the excuses and get resourceful about how you can make it happen!

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7 Unexpected Countries Perfect For Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is at the same time exciting and may be frightening. With so many cultures in the world, it’s easy to become scared you won’t fit in or understand the country you are studying in. But don’t let the fear stand in the way of meeting new people and experiencing something unique.

There are so many countries that are unexpectedly perfect for studying abroad, and here are some of them that might help you decide.

New Zealand

New Zealand may be the most famous for the shooting of Lord of the Rings movies, but this is also one of the most scenic countries in the world. Studying abroad is more than just picking the university, it also means you need to choose a place to live. Its University of Otago and the University of Auckland are only some of the examples of the fine education institutions the country has.

You will need a visa to study in New Zealand but you can easily check your eligibility on the official Study in New Zealand website. You can find accommodations in the dorm or house, although tertiary institutions offer apartments, as well.

Japan

Land of the Rising Sun is the country that you will need to get used to, especially if you are not familiar with the culture. So before you decide to study there, you have to be ready to respect certain traditions and rules in place which are the signs of respect. First of all, don’t ever be late for your classes since punctuality is really important in Japan, and you should text someone you’ll be late.

When looking for an apartment to rent, don’t be surprised with how small they are. Japanese people value the space very much and it might take you a while to get used to the economy of room here. Also, people here strive for excellence and they will feel free to give you advice and critic when needed, so don’t feel less worthy of it. They actually criticize because they want to help you become the best version of yourself, not because they don’t like you.

Lebanese Republic

The Lebanese Republic or Lebanon is a Mediterranean country with a rich history and is very influential in the Arab world. Its educational system is world-known for math and science, but also by the quality and management of schools. Additionally, international students come here because of that quality of professors and lecturers, campus facilities and support.

There are 41 universities in Lebanon and three of them are ranked among the world universities, namely, American University of Beirut (AUB), Universite Saint Joseph de Beyrouth and Lebanese American University. Arabic is the official language, but you can also use French on some occasions and English is being more and more popular.

Brazil

When you think of Brazil, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the Carnival in Rio. However, this colorful country has a lot more to offer than enchanting music and rhythms. Sao Paolo is the largest city and economic and commercial center of Brazil. This is a modern Brazilian city offers many summer programs that are a good start for those who are not ready to commit to a full year of studying abroad here.

Some study abroad programs offer special education regarding history, sociology and many other cultural studies that will help you get to know Brazil. In order to study in Brazil, you have to know the Portuguese Language which is also offered as a course for international students.

Australia

Australia is perfect for studying since its universities are among the best ones in the world. The country offers a wide range of places to study, from rural to metropolitan cities, so make sure you know where you want to go. You will also need a visa if you plan to study more than three months, but you don’t have to the embassy and wait for it since it’s done online.

Also, the grading system in Australia is different, for example, “D” is for distinction and comes after “HD” which is a high distinction. The seasons can surprise many since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, meaning that when in Paris is summer, in Sydney is winter. So make sure to check apartment rental Sydney offers and have one in place so you can warm up and rest to avoid jet lag.

Mauritius

Mauritius is a small island state which is a wonderful mix of Asian, African and European cultures. Populated by peaceful people and consisting of amazing scenery, this is the country that will take your breath away. English is the official language, although you will hear French as well.

Citizens of Mauritius have free education, but as an international student, you will have to pay the tuition or apply for scholarships. The most popular fields of study are IT, Medicine, Dentistry, Management, Engineering, Psychology and Fashion, and Design.

Israel

Israel may be a small country, but its population is the second most educated in the world. Besides the regular study programs, the universities offer special semesters to international students, as well as Hebrew language courses. The first bachelor’s degree in English started in 2001 which marked a new era for the educational program in Israel.

Moreover, Israel is not too expensive so you won’t have to spend more than usual on food. It has a well-developed public transportation system you can use to travel around. International presence is high in Israel and you don’t have to know Hebrew to get by.

In The End

When you look for the perfect country for studying abroad, you have to take into consideration not only the educational system but also the culture. Additionally, find out about the regulations for international students and see if there are any scholarships you can apply to. And don’t be afraid to meet new people and get to know knew traditions – it will all be a fun part of the international student life.

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