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    Everything I Packed to Study Abroad in Scotland

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    I posted last month about all the things I wished I had brought with me to Scotland, saying I’d soon write up everything I did bring. Well, this is me keeping that promise!! In this post you’ll get to see literally everything I brought with me, and what I packed everything in.

    But before we get into this I want to say one little disclaimer. What each student needs to bring abroad will definitely vary. So while you can totally use my list as inspiration on what to pack, you may want to bring different things I left out, or not bring as much of a certain item that I did. That’s totally fine. Especially since not everyone is a fashion obsessed girl who owns too many clothes to fit in her closet at home and will never be caught wearing the same outfit twice. 

    My Suitcases

    Okay, first things first. I packed everything in three suitcases and my backpack. Yes, three. I’m not even going to try and justify that because of the disclaimer above.

    three suitcases used to study abroad

    I brought a large (about 30x19x11 inches) suitcase, a medium one (about 26x18x10 inches), and then a carry on (about 25x14x8 inches) suitcase. All three are the hard case rolling suitcases that allow you to fit even more than you expected since each has two compartments.

    The backpack I used was just the basic one I use for classes. And it’s actually my all time favorite backpack I’ve ever used!! It has a separate pocket inside for my laptop and a zipper pocket inside as well! I usually keep a couple tampons and pads in there for emergencies. 

    What I Packed

    3 Dresses

    • Black cami dress – gotta have an LBD, plus the cut is good for layering
    • Long sleeve dress
    • Tank dress – also good for layering

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    My Recent Reads – 3 Book Reviews

    I feel like I haven’t talked about books on here in forever!! I’ve been so busy pushing out study abroad and travel content that most of my other topics have hit the back burner. Which makes me really sad, because as much as I love traveling, reading will always have my heart and is something I’ll always have the privilege to do.

    So far, this year has been pretty slow on the whole reading regimen. Last year, I somehow racked up 52 books. This year I set my goal to 40 books to keep it within reason with all the traveling I’ll be doing the first part of the year. I’ve only read nine books so far, which has me on track to reach my goal, but I still feel like I’m never reading.

    Related: Books I Read in January

    The truth is I don’t set aside time to read every night here like I did when I was back in the states. I know it’s because all my reading here is done on my iPad and it’s just not the same as curling up with a physical book. I need to get to the library here and see if I can check out some real books!

    Enough rambling about my book situation and onto the actual book reviews, which is what you’re most likely here for anyway! Read more…

    5 Travel Tips from a Pilot’s Daughter

    If you haven’t noticed, but I’ve been doing a lot of traveling since I began my study abroad journey back in January. And if you really haven’t noticed, then feel free to pop on over and read about my day in Liverpool, trip to Edinburgh, and a round-up of some of my other smaller travels.

    I have plenty more trips planned and in the works of being planned, too. I’m always scouring other blogs and Pinterest looking for travel tips and places to visit. The thing is, I always find tips and tricks I’ve heard a million time over. So needless to say I was very intrigued when Veronica reached out to me about writing some travel tips for her point of view.

    But what makes Veronica’s point of view different? Her father’s a pilot! So does this girl have some good tips for you! Keep reading to find out all the advice Veronica is dishing out for us!

    And a huge shoutout to Veronica for writing this piece for my blog!


    To become a successful traveler you have to find that sweet spot between having a plan and being spontaneous. Too much planning takes away from experiencing new things as they come, but not enough and you’re sure to miss out on a few must-sees, plus you’ll likely spend more money.

    If you book your reservations with the right companies at the right time, pack smart, and keep a few pointers in mind along the way — with a suitcase in hand you’ll be unstoppable.

    5 Travel Tips from a Pilot's Daughter: Insider tricks on how to make the most out of any trip by Veronica Baas | College with Caitlyn

    Booking

    Don’t limit yourself to hotels. Especially if you’re traveling with a buddy or in a group. Hostels and Airbnb are usually the best ways to go, but there are hotel search engines to help you find reasonable prices. I usually stick with Priceline, mostly because I use it for rental cars as well, so my points stack up and I get coupons fairly often.

    Rumor has it the best day to book flights is Tuesday, I don’t know if I fully believe that but I have noticed flights are cheaper earlier in the week. If I need to be somewhere at a specific time and it’s important I don’t travel standby, it’s too risky. When I book a flight I’ll usually bounce back and forth between Google Flights and Skiplagged, there are other decent flight search engines these ones are just my favorites. Be sure to open a new incognito window or turn on your private browsing feature so reservation sites don’t hike their prices up after they see you’ve been looking. Read more…