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Valerie Stimac

Valerie Stimac

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

Valerie is a Seattle-based travel writer who also blogs at Valerie & Valise. She spent one year living and studying abroad in London, her favorite city in the world, and has traveled throughout the northern hemisphere. Valerie has also been published by AFAR, Yahoo Travel, and Matador Network.

Articles By Valerie Stimac

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Panama Published 14 Sep 2016

Despite being named the world’s top travel destination in 2016 by Travel + Leisure, there’s much more than sightseeing, nightlife, and beaches in Panama. If you decide to teach English in Panama, you’ll be at the confluence of not on...

A Guide to National Park Internships Abroad Published 26 Aug 2016

For over 100 years, travelers from all over have been drawn to visit the world’s most pristine natural wonders; it’s no surprise, really, considering the allure of warmly roasted marshmallows and stunning wilderness that make your insides ...

A Guide to Learning French in Morocco Published 28 Jul 2016

Even before Casablanca made us all fall in love with the gritty, dusty, romantic scenery of this small north African country, Morocco has held a special place in the hearts of many brave souls. Forming the lower peninsula of the nine mile wide Strait ...

A Guide to High School Study Abroad in Multiple Countries Published 22 Jul 2016

Imagine starting a high school program watching the sun rise over the Great Wall of China and ending it over freshly prepared sushi in Tokyo. This is just one possibility if you choose to take your high school adventure abroad to multiple countries. I...

A Guide to Counseling Degrees Abroad Published 29 Jun 2016

The field of counseling has come a long way from the “mommy issues” and “dream interpretations” of Sigmund Freud’s days. A hundred years ago, counseling degree program options were limited to say the least. As the epicent...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Mauritius Published 07 Jun 2016

Called the “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean” by early European colonists, Mauritius is now a guiding example of progressive democracy in Africa. From the Mauritian flying fox (a bat with a three-foot wingspan!) to geologic formations like...

A Guide to Photography Travel Programs Abroad Published 19 May 2016

Grab your favorite travel buddy (your camera, of course), make like Walter Mitty, and explore the world through a new lens! You don’t necessarily have to traverse the frigid Himalayas with your photographer friend in search of a lost film negati...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Beijing Published 05 May 2016

For a city of 20 million residents, skyscrapers in Beijing are few and far between. Instead, the city has retained narrow alleys of hutong neighborhoods and historic areas, and added a growing proliferation of flat apartments to diversify the skyline....

A Guide to Archaeology Jobs Abroad Published 30 Apr 2016

Most people know one famous archaeologist: Indiana Jones. In the popular movies starring Indy, we see him in two professional archaeologist roles: as a professor and a treasure-hunter. While these movies offer a glamorized version of the role, it&rsqu...

A Guide to Working Abroad in the Dominican Republic Published 25 Feb 2016

Since its discovery and colonization by Columbus in the late 15th Century, the island of Hispaniola has been both economically and culturally diverse. Now comprised of two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the latter has risen as an increas...