5 Must Have Study Abroad Items

January 11, 2017

Studying abroad is one of the most incredible and life changing experiences. However, it can also be quite intimidating and scary especially if you do not feel prepared. Lucky for you, I just finished my study abroad semester and I want to share with you EXACTLY what I think are the must have study abroad items.

1. Portable phone charger

I cannot tell you how many times my phone died while I was out and about, especially if I was using the a navigation application. DON’T let this be you! Buy a portable phone charger so you never have to stress about your phone dying. This is also helpful for long plane/train or bus rides. I invested in one (shown below) that was a bit pricey but also charges your phone multiple times and I have loved it.Must Have Study Abroad Items!

2. A Good Travel Backpack

A good, reliable travel backpack is a MUST. I loved my Fjall Raven bag and I even did a video all about how I use it for traveling! Unfortunately it was stolen in Prague (SO SAD) but it was the best backpack!

Must Have Study Abroad Items

3. Plug Converters

This one may seem obvious but make sure you not only have plug converters but you have A LOT for the country you are moving to (and the countries you plan to travel to!). These things magically get lost all the time so I purchased a pack of 6 and I am really glad I did!

Must Have Study Abroad Items!

4. A Small Travel Bag

After my stuff was stolen in Prague, I realized I needed something I could keep on my body AT ALL TIMES to avoid further theft. I ended up using a small cross body wallet/purse and it worked perfectly especially because it had a great zipper to make sure nothing fell out.

Must Have Study Abroad Items!

5. A Good Travel Camera

You want to be able to document all of those awesome memories abroad! I did an entire post on how to choose a travel camera. There is no need to go out and spend a ton of money on this!

Are you planning on studying abroad? Let me know where in the comments!

Bratislava Between Vienna and Budapest

January 4, 2017
Day trip to Bratislava Slovakia from Budapest or Vienna: how to guide

Day trip to Bratislava Slovakia from Budapest or Vienna || Endless May Blog

Day trip to Bratislava Slovakia from Budapest or Vienna || Endless May Blog

Day trip to Bratislava Slovakia from Budapest or Vienna || Endless May Blog

I decided that I wanted to take a quick stop in Slovakia while traveling from Vienna to Budapest. From my online research, it seemed as if something like this was possible. However, I was a bit nervous going into my trip that I would get stuck in Bratislava, Slovakia because the online information I found was vague and confusing. Luckily, everything went off without a hitch and other than getting rained on and getting a bit lost in Bratislava, it was a perfect little stop between Vienna and Budapest.

If you too want to visit Bratislava, there is no need to buy tickets in advance. Simply show up to the Vienna Hauptbahnhof Central Station. There, go to the international train office and ask for a ONE WAY ticket to Bratislava (this costs roughly 10 euro). This ticket is valid for any time and they will also give you a map of Bratislava. The train departs every hour from 5:20 to 22:21 so you have plenty of options. If you have time to wait before your train leaves, you can relax at the station and grab something to eat (it is newly renovated and has wifi!).

Once you get on the train, there are likely going to be a number of stops before you arrive in Bratislava. When you get to Bratislava, you can take the public bus or tram into the center of town. There you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and historical buildings. Be warned that the map provided from the train station is a bit confusing.

When you feel as if you are ready to continue on to Budapest, simply head back to the station on the same bus (going the opposite direction) and buy your one way ticket to Budapest. This cost me roughly 17 euro. The train comes every two hours from 5:50 to 19:54. The train to Budapest takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes with stops in between.

2016 Reflections and Exciting 2017 Plans

January 1, 2017

January 1st is the ultimate fresh start: a time to make new goals and evaluate the old. It makes me so excited for the future. Today I am sharing with you a recap of my 2016 year and what I am excited for in 2017!

What I Am Looking Forward to in 2017

Probably the biggest thing I am looking forward to in 2017 is finding out where Dani will attend medical school. He is currently in the process of interviews and by March we will know where he will be attending medical school. I am so nervous and excited at the same time. He has been working so hard towards this goal and I am so proud of him! I will definitely keep you all posted as soon as we know where he will be attending.

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(Many thanks to Sadie Banks Photography for this great shot)

I am also really excited to move to New York City this summer! I will be working there and I am looking forward to exploring the city. If you live in the area, let me know! I would love to hear recommendations.

Lastly, I am excited to grow my blog and YouTube. I have big plans and goals for 2017 and I am excited to take you all with me!

2016 Recap

2016 was an incredible year of personal growth and discovery. I got my first “big girl” job, moved to a completely new state without knowing ANYONE and then moved to Europe for five months. I am really proud of myself for doing things that scare me and for not letting my anxiety stand in my way.

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One of the biggest highlights of 2016 was watching my cousin and best friend get married. I was the Maid of Honor and it was the most incredible day!! Thanks to Trevor Hooper Photography for this awesome shot.

2016 Recap and 2017 Goals from Shannon at Endless May

I also started my YouTube channel and fell in love with video making!

What are you looking forward to in 2017?