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Julia Zaremba

Julia Zaremba

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta

Julia is an avid traveler, lifelong artist, theater geek, interior designer, future author, and occasional teacher. Originally from Germany, she was raised and started her university studies in Texas, before moving to Italy for her first formal teaching experience. Since then, she has traveled throughout Europe and the Americas, constantly on the look-out for the next adventure. Julia has a habit of getting stuck in love-and-hate relationships with various countries…but love conquers all.

Articles By Julia Zaremba

Why The Ugly Sides of Travel Are Just As Important Published 22 Oct 2017

As glamorous as Instagram and travel magazines might make it seem, travel isn’t always glittering and glamorous. There are long bus rides, bedbugs, upset tummies, and blistered feet to balance out the colorful cafes, views over the ocean, and quirky bo...

Why Travel? Published 05 Sep 2017

There are as many reasons to travel as there are mountains to climb and sunsets to admire: to learn, to grow, to become, to breathe fresh air, to see new horizons, to dive into new depths, to hear strange words. But, don’t take my word for it— there ar...

Does Meaningful Travel Even Matter? Published 11 Jul 2017

As someone who has been living out of their suitcase for eight years, there have been periodic flashes of “What in the world am I doing here?” and “Does this even matter?”Usually these bouts of doubt occur on an empty stomach, in the back of a crowded ...

How Travel Makes Us Humble Published 09 Jun 2017

Why Travel is ImportantOne of the most liberating realizations of travel is embracing one’s insignificance in the universe. Far from grim, this new awareness is a beautiful lesson in the role you play in the world. It teaches us the value of ourselves,...

Why Do You Want to Study Abroad? Published 15 May 2017

Hopefully you did your summer reading, because here’s a quick pop quiz!You should pack your suitcase instead of just your backpack for the next school term, and study abroad because...A. You’ll experience personal growthB. You’ll make once-in-a-lifetim...

How to Live an Inspired Life After Study Abroad Published 26 Dec 2016

Just like after a nasty breakup, the concept of life after study abroad might seem unimaginable. You definitely weren’t ready for it to end, and even with the knowledge that things were coming to a close, reality hit hard. Who knew that longing for you...

Baring my Sole: Best Shoe Packing Secrets for International Travel Published 22 Nov 2016

One shoes, two shoes. Red shoes, blue shoes. Black shoes, blue shoes. Old shoes, new shoes. I’ll be the first to admit: shoe addictions are a heavy habit to break. I blame my feet­-ish of shoe fashion on my teaching experience in Italy, where I have ...

Do You Have What it Takes to Volunteer Abroad?  Published 20 Jun 2017

So, you want to join the waves of humanitarians making the world a better place? Great! Do you know what volunteering abroad actually requires, though? It might seem like an easy question, but it’s definitely not for everyone, and volunteering abroad d...

7 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad Published 03 Nov 2016

Ever get the feeling that you have a higher calling? Something that goes beyond the corporate world, SUV’s, or the latest iPhone model. Do your toes curl just thinking about donating a truck full of canned goods to a children’s charity? Have an urge to...

The 7 Best Internships for College Students Published 25 Oct 2016

There are a lot of reasons to consider an international internship. Whether it’s to add some “TA-DA!” to your resume, expand your global network, see new horizons, improve your work skills, experience foreign cultures, or just get out of the shelter of...

Safe, Neutral, & Negative Locales for LGBT Study Abroad Published 10 Aug 2016

Growing up in a liberal environment, it might seem perfectly normal to dress up as rainbow fairy or unicorn and march in LGBT parades. With pro-LGBT protests, social movements, and legal rights increasing every day, a utopia of support develops, and th...

A Guide to High School Alternative Spring Break Programs Abroad Published 13 Jul 2016

Some high school students head to the closest beach, others jump into a van to hit up a music festival, a handful put on Games of Thrones marathons, and then there’s you; you’ve decided to put everyone else to shame by embracing an alterna...

Is There Really a Difference Between "Travelers" and "Tourists"? Published 12 Jul 2016

We’ve all seen him: the man with the sunglasses and cap, rocking socks and sandals, fanny pack on the side, with a map open in hand. He looks around, confused, and checks his guide book again. Then, salvation: a woman in a bright t-shirt can be seen do...

A Guide to Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs Published 07 Jul 2016

While flowers are blossoming and the sun is starting to peek out from the clouds, you too can do your part to beautify the world and make it a better place. Divert your spring fever energy to a good cause by signing up for an alternative spring break ...

A Guide to High School Student Exchange Programs Abroad Published 23 Jun 2016

Did you know that not all school lunches are created equal? That instead of bouncy hot dogs and unidentified slush, you could be crunching down on fresh beetroot salads or slurping up authentic phở? And that’s not all. By skipping out on o...

A Guide to Summer Volunteering Abroad Published 07 Jun 2016

Mention that you’re going to spend your summer at a beach in Sicily, and people are going to consider you a beach bum with a taste for spaghetti and fancy wine. Add that you’re going to teach children English or conduct marine research on ...

A Guide to High School Summer Programs Abroad Published 07 Jun 2016

Who would have thought that summer school can be fun? Even more, that it can be the best summer of your educational career, and that it will provide you with stories of foreign lands, strange characters, mysterious languages, lifelong friendships, goo...

30 Eco/Adventure Travel Ways to Explore the World Published 31 May 2016

Feeling a little bit lost in life? Drowning in the mundane day-to-day? Perk yourself up and find the direction of your inner compass with an adventure program abroad! Expand your horizons, hike to new heights, dive to new depths, and battle the mighty...

A Guide to Homestay Programs Abroad Published 19 May 2016

If you get embarrassed of your parents in public or feel that you’re ready to move out of the house, a homestay will be a great remedy (without creating dramatic stand-offs or running away from home). When you come back, your Dad’s jokes a...

12 Unique Countries to Travel Abroad for High School Students Published 18 May 2016

If you really want to impress those future college recruiters (or you just want a really good excuse to escape the bell schedule and hop on a plane), international travel programs for high school students are the perfect solution. While your friends ar...

A Guide to Gap Year Programs Abroad Published 11 May 2016

You’ve heard it a million times before: mind the gap! Now, really listen. But, instead of pushing yourself off the platform, hopping quickly over it, and getting into that packed train, peek into the endless depths of that gap and see what treas...

A Guide to Learning Spanish in Mexico Published 30 Apr 2016

Forget the over-priced tapas and lisps. Instead, take your Spanish studies to a land rich in history, colorful in people, and beautiful in sound. Alongside Colombia, Mexico is considered to have the purest Spanish in the world; the strict grammar of t...

A Guide to Learning Spanish in Cuba Published 29 Apr 2016

Cuba is a living textbook, and history is still being written every day. Maybe you don’t have to worry about the Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs is a thing of the past, and the Hershey Train doesn’t lead to a chocolate factory anymore, but...

Top 10 Study Abroad Destinations for 2017 Published 18 Jul 2017

There’s probably a good reason (or, rather, a lot of ‘em) that most of the world is interested in spending their study abroad time in one of the following ten countries. Whether it is a superb price:service ratio, the personality of the locals, world-r...

A Guide to Language Schools Abroad Published 11 Apr 2016

If Duolingo or hand-made flash cards aren’t making you the language whizz you hoped to be, maybe it’s time to try a different approach. A great way to learn the rules of a language (as well as all of the interesting, dirty slang that is re...

A Guide to Jobs Abroad Published 07 Apr 2016

Whether you accidentally spent your last dollar or you’re fed up with your current boss and need a breath of fresh, foreign air, work abroad programs are a great way to earn more than just money. The list of advantages is practically endless: br...

Ten Unique Languages to Learn Abroad Published 18 Mar 2016

Words are a lot like people: they hold the power to excite, disappoint, comfort, and anger. They are as powerful as any physical force and and can be just as influential.  And, like people, they come in all shapes and sizes (or, rather, phonetics and g...

A Guide to Degrees Abroad in the United Kingdom Published 17 Mar 2016

The United Kingdom has never had a shortage of memorable figures, whether it be authors (Shakespeare, Charles Dicken, Aldous Huxley), political figures (Winston Churchill, Albus Dumbledore, and several centuries of kings and queens), musicians (Henry ...

A Guide to Study Abroad in the United Kingdom Published 17 Mar 2016

From legends of mystics dragons on the Isle of Arran, to a jaunt down the main street of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch (no, that’s not a typo), to the royal palaces of London, and the great wall of Londonderry, the ...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Milan Published 05 Feb 2016

Thinking of zooming around on a vintage Vespa and throwing back an espresso macchiato on your lunch break? Take your English teaching experience to a part of Italy that will show you more than just scenic postcards and tourist menus. As the fashion an...