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The travel bug bites everyone once in a while. The world has so many great things to see and so many memories to create, it’s hard not to want to explore and see everything it has to offer.

This is my very first post in my new study abroad series and I couldn’t be any more excited to write it. Ever since I got accepted into my study abroad program, I have been doing research whenever I have some extra time on my hands. So far, here are some tips that I have learned about saving some pretty pennies when you are studying abroad, or traveling in general:



One of the most expensive parts of traveling is the process of actually getting to where you want to be. We have all had to deal with the overwhelming, tiresome, time-consuming process of trying to find the cheapest flights/means of transportation possible.


Whether it’s a flight or a car ride, traveling costs both time and money. I don’t travel very much via planes but I have seen a few different websites with tools for finding cheap flights. One of which being, Google Flights. Google Flights is a search tool that pulls up flights from every airline after you type in the important details of your trip. These include things such as where you’ll be going and when you’ll be going.


Another awesome tip for finding cheap flights is to always search for them on private browsing mode. Believe it or not, the prices of flights increase when they are repeatedly searched in the same browser.  Using a private browser is simple, in Google Chrome or Safari, hit Command (or “Control” if using PC), Shift, “N”. If you are using a different web browser such as Mozilla or Internet Explorer (lol talk about a throwback), hit Command (or “Control” if using a PC), Shift, “P”. Doing this will allow you to complete a “private” search and erase all of the old cookies from your last search.


Another awesome way to save money on flights is to sign up for certain reward credit card programs. A bunch of different companies take part in these credit card reward programs- basically, for every dollar, you spend you receive a set amount of points, these points can be used towards the prices of flights. In the long run, you could be getting a free flight somewhere!


When I recently booked my round trip flight for Prague I was fortunate enough to score an astonishing price! I used the student traveling website titled, STAtravel.com. This site definitely beats all other flight prices, without a doubt. Although any one can purchase flights from this site, I believe you receive the best deals if you are a current student (you need documentation to prove this).




Figuring out where to sleep can be a hefty expense when it comes to traveling. Hostels are probably your best bet if you want to stay somewhere for cheap. Hostels are like giant dorm rooms that sometimes house even up to 10+ people per room.  Hostels range in budget and can sometimes even be as cheap as $10 USD. Hostels are a great opportunity to meet new people and stay in city centers without having to pay the pretty penny that other hotels charge.


When searching for accommodations something important to look for is the “extras” that may or may not come along with your stay. Things like Wi-Fi, clean towels, airport pickup, and complimentary breakfast are all beneficial when it comes to saving money. Fun fact: if you take some extra fruit/granola bars at complimentary breakfasts you can eat them for lunch later on in the day!


Air BNB is a website where people come together to rent out their houses, and spare bedrooms to fellow travelers. The website even has a review section so that you can get a feel of where you’ll be staying. This option allows you to stay in a comfortable location without the hotel price tag! Weekly and monthly rates on Air BNB are quite competitive against what locals pay in terms of rent, and are almost always much cheaper than hotels.


Signing up for rewards programs can also help to save a chunk of change when it comes to staying in hotels. A lot of booking sites and even hotel agencies offer these rewards programs, where you basically earn money for every dollar you spend. This is similar to those airline programs that I touched upon before. Booking.com is just one of the many websites that has a rewards program.


If worst comes to worst, contacting an old family friend and asking to crash on their living room floor isn’t the worst thing that could happen to you! Some places in Europe, such as London, or Dublin are crazy expensive to stay overnight in. Don’t be afraid to ask around for a possible sleepover!



One of the great things about being a college student is all of the perks that come along with it. A lot of companies have college student rates because they understand how poor we are.


One specific website to check out is  StudentUniverse. This website has some discounted flights and some tips and tricks on saving money when it comes to traveling via public transportation. Make sure to ask about student discounts wherever you go, because for the most part a ton of companies have programs for you! Sometimes receiving these discounts is as simple as showing a form of your college ID, but other times it can be much more elaborate where you need to show your full-time class schedule. Always have both of these on hand when asking for student discounts because you never know what will be needed.


Other great resources for coupons when traveling are Groupon and RetailMeNot. Always check these websites before booking vacations because more so than not, they have special deals and discounts. Sometimes they even have full travel packages at a discounted price. A friend of mine once booked a cruise for nearly half the regular price because of a deal she found on Groupon!




 Familiarize yourself with wherever it is that you are going and make sure you are acquainted to the daily cost of living in that specific place. When planning out trips and activities, try (if at all possible) to rule out the unnecessary, crazy expensive tourist traps. This may come along with sacrificing a few things, but in the end you’ll still be traveling for extremely cheap.


If there is one thing that I have taken away from saving money when studying abroad it is that you must must MUST make a budget for yourself. Creating a budget, and sticking to it everyday will save you a ton of money in the long run. There are a ton of different apps, which make daily budgeting extremely simple. I’ll be writing a whole blog post about these apps in the near future, so stay tuned!



The little things really do add up, especially when you are trying to save some money while traveling. Things such as packing your own lunches from home, or avoiding eating out for every meal, can help you save a ton of money.

AVOID SOUVINEERS (if possible):

Souvenirs are awesome, we know. BUT souvenirs can also be expensive, and can hurt your budget. My recommendation would be to only buy souvenirs that you absolutely need- like really need.


So there you have it, a bunch of ways  to save some cash when it comes to traveling. Seeing the world doesn’t always have to cost you your life savings! As long as you take the time to do your research and use rewards programs and coupons to your benefit, you’ll be very pleased with the amount of money that you’ll save in the long run. What are your money saving tips for traveling?



Blogmas Day 4- we made it! Today’s post is all about gifts for the traveler in your life. I am studying abroad next semester and would personally enjoy all of these gifts! Let me know what you think in the comments below!














Out of all of the social media outlets that are prevalent at this point in time, Instagram is by far my favorite. I personally think that Instagram is the most creative of Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. Whether you utilize Instagram for personal use, or for a company or business, it is can provide you with a vast amount of exposure, and lead you to an extreme amount of success.


Believe it or not, a ton of companies pay influencers to collaborate with them through Instagram. Companies generally look for users who have a vast amount of followers, and an actively engaged audience.


Both of these things are easily attainable if you work for them. I personally increased my Instagram following by almost a thousand through the course of about 6 months. While this may seem like a long time, the work I put in to achieve this has helped me score more sponsorship opportunities and a greater chance of being seen by others.


Here are my go to ways to gain followers and a more active audience on Instagram:



Hashtags are awesome ways to connect with other users on Instagram who share similar posts to yours. Hashtags are like a door to promotion, and allow users to easily have access to your posts. Hashtags are also an awesome way to work in communities. If there is one thing I have learned from blogging so far, it is how important communities are. Think about it, you can only do so many things by yourself. Buttttttt, when people who are constantly supporting you, and sharing the same goals as you surround you, the possibilities are endless.


There are a million Hashtags out there. I personally utilize some of the ones that other lifestyle bloggers use as well. This allows me to connect with other bloggers and companies that are in my niche.Here are my top uses for Hashtags:










An important aspect of Hashtags is to utilize the ones that are used most often. I know, this sounds a bit odd, but using popular Hashtags actually does make sense. The more popular the Hashtag is, the more people are searching it. Utilizing popular Hashtags will give you the opportunity for a greater reach.



Wishing for your followers to engage with you while you’re not making any effort to engage with them isn’t exactly fair, is it? It’s important to comment and like other people’s posts. Sharing your insightful opinions about other people’s profiles will put your name out there (giving you more reach)  and will also encourage the users to connect with you in return. I found that searching for Hashtags, which are relevant to my profile and commenting/liking, those photos were the most beneficial when I was trying to gain a stronger audience.


Strategically following accounts that have similar posts as you is another way to gain an engrossed audience on your posts. To achieve this, I usually head to a Instagram user with a strong following, and click “profiles similar to this” under his or her username. This allows me to follow users that have profiles just like mine, and will give me a greater chance of getting people to follow my profile in return for my following of theirs.



Like most other things in life, creating a schedule that is pinpointed and planned precisely will help you a LOT. If I have the time, I will usually try to plan out my posts weekly prior to actually posting them. Posting every day on Instagram is harder than you think! It’s definitely tough to generate new content daily, so I would recommend spending some time planning out your posts to ensure that you are posting every day. Websites such as Buffer and Latergram are both great tools to schedule your Instagram postings.




People will agree and disagree with this, but I think that having an Instagram “theme” is extremely beneficial. I personally have a white theme on my profile, and believe it or not, it is tough to maintain! But, I have learned that when I am contacted for most sponsorship opportunities, it is usually because of the theme that I utilize. Having a theme for your profile gives your page a more professional feel, and makes everything come together in a much more organized way.Creating a theme for your profile is not very hard, you simply have to decide on a few filters, and edit all of your posts the same way.



Blogmas day two- we made it! As I stated in yesterday’s post, I won’t be blogging about strictly Christmas type of topics. Thus, I am here today to give you all some insight on how to rock your finals week. With that being said, let’s jump right into it:


The dreaded finals week is almost upon us and I’m not so sure if I’m ready for it. Finals week is the time to study your hardest and try your best to end the semester on a high note. Finals week is your last chance to show your professors what you got! This is also the time when some people (aka me) are drowning in coffee, stress eating family size bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and getting little to no sleep for 10 days straight. Although finals are important, so is your sanity.


Here are a few tips and tricks to get yourself, and your sanity, through finals week:



It’s easy to let the stress of finals eat away at the time you should be utilizing to study for the finals themselves. Make a list of everything you have to do and get it done! Make a plan of what you need to study on what days and stick to it. Find a quiet place where you aren’t distracted and look over your notes, take practice quizzes, etc. My college’s final week is set up a little different than others; we have the day before finals week off. This is called a “study day”, and is one last free day before all of the tests officially begin. I use this day to plan out my life for the following weeks. I make sure I am aware of what tests I have when, and where I need to be to take them. I also use this day to organize all of my notes and create review guides for all of my classes.



While ordering a pizza every night of finals week may be ideal, it’s important to remember that your health is just as important as the grades that you are trying to achieve. Hit the gym to relieve some stress and eat ya’ veggies! Your physical and mental health is important during finals week, don’t forget that.



Debating whether or not you should study or head out for a night on the town? Be sure to remember that you are at school to get an education, not to slack off with your friends. Most college educations are not cheap. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t think receiving poor grades on finals would be worth all of the money needed to pay for college. After all, flunking on all of your finals would be a huge waste of money and time.



If you repeatedly tell yourself that you are going to fail your test over and over again, it will be prevalent in the grade that you receive. Think positive and tell yourself that you are going to do great. Be confident! A lot of times, the grades you receive may surprise you!



Okay, so you think that your head is going to explode from all of the studying that you are doing right now, but at least you will be home soon! Most colleges have a long break after finals week so get excited for that! Cram now and lounge later.


How do you cope with finals week? I wish you all the best of luck in your final weeks of the semester, and of course on your final! Be sure to check back on Monday for another post! xoxo





It is officially December and I actually cannot believe it! It feels like it was August just yesterday! December 1st is a special day for a bunch of reasons. For starters, December 1st marks the 17 day countdown until my birthday! December 1st also marks the 24 day countdown until Christmas- which hello?! Also means that FreeForm’s  (*queue eye roll because everyone knows that ABC was a better channel name) 25 days of Christmas starts!  As if things couldn’t get any better, December 1st is also the first day of Blogmas!


Blogmas is the time period from December 1st until Christmas day, when bloggers upload posts every day, usually revolving around Christmas type of topics.


As exciting and enjoyable (not even being sarcastic) as blogging for 25 days in a row sounds, ya’ homegirl needs some time to prioritize schoolwork as well. Thus, I’ll be tweaking Blogmas a bit, and doing it on my own terms. With that being said, I will be participating in Blogmas 5 days a week rather than 7. I need some time over the weekend to focus on my upcoming finals and bottomless pit of papers that are due week.


I’ll also be diversifying my blog post topics, and won’t strictly be posting about Christmas every day. Trust me, I do love Christmas, but I also enjoy posting in the style that I usually write in. I don’t want to completely push that aside for a whole month.


Since this is the first day of Blogmas, I figured I would share some Christmas styled blog post ideas with you all. Here is what I have come up with:


1.Gift Guides

The possibilities for different types of gift guides are honestly endless. There are so many different personalities that people have, and so many different likes and dislikes between certain people. Off the top of my head, I can think of almost 20 different gift guide ideas. Some of my favorites to look at are:

·      Gift Guide For The Traveler

·      Gift Guide For The Entertainer

·      Gift Guide For The Music Enthusiast

·      Gift Guide For The Gym Junkie

·      Gift Guide For Moms

·      Gift Guide For Dads

·      Gift Guide For Couples

·      Gift Guide For Grandparents

The list could go on and on, if you are in need of some more gift guide topics, I would recommend checking out Pinterest and browsing through there!



Calories don’t count during the holiday season, right? Like gift guides, there are a ton of different recipe blog post ideas. Things like cookies, festive appetizers, healthy dinner options, and holiday drinks are all great options to write blog posts about!


3.Lifestyle Pieces

I’m a sucker for lifestyle blog posts. The holiday season calls for so many different fun lifestyle piece ideas. Posts about holiday trips, holiday decorations, holiday festivities, and even just personal feelings and insights about the holiday season are ones that I specifically love to read.


4.Holiday Movie/ Music Ideas

Try and name a few things that are better than Christmas music….I bet you can’t. Sharing your Christmas music playlist with readers or even your favorite Christmas movies is a great way to give others the opportunity to be introduced into a whole new world of magical Christmas entertainment!


5.Holiday DIYs

Similar to recipes and gift guides, the possibilities with holiday themed DIYs is seriously endless. Things like DIY gifts, DIY gift tags, or DIY holiday decorations have always been favorites of mine. Like most other things, I would recommend checking out Pinterest for some fun ideas!



What types of Blogmas posts do you enjoy reading? Are you participating in Blogmas? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to check out your posts!




PSA- DRINK MORE WATER- sincerelykenz

It’s a typical rainy Wednesday up at my college. I really do like rainy days, but not when I have a sh*t ton of work to do. Rainy days call for naps, Greys Anatomy marathons and hot chocolate. But instead, my day will consist of research papers, cleaning my room, and creating lesson plans- enthralling, I know.

With the endless pit of work I have to complete today, you best believe that I will need a bit of a push to get through the day. Buuuut, those of you who read my last blog post may know that I am trying to cut back on caffeine.

Thus, I have been drinking water like a fish. I drink about a gallon to a gallon and a half of water a day. And no, I’m not trying to turn into a mermaid, just try and hear me out:

Water energizes the body, and believe it or not, can actually wake you up. Water protects the sensitive tissue in your body and keeps the membranes in places like your nose and mouth hydrated. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can decrease your energy and lead you to be fatigued, and tired. Point of this spiel- water has some of the same benefits that caffeinated drinks do!

If we’re getting serious about dehydration, approximately 77% of Americans suffer from dehydration. Maybe we should all lay off the coffee a bit, and seek out water to help us get through our busy days instead.

The point is, you don’t want to be a part of that percentage. If you want to be healthy and stay hydrated you should be drinking about a gallon or so of water a day. 1 gallon= 128 ounces. So, If you have a 32 ounce water bottle, you should be drinking about 4 of those a day.

Besides keeping you healthy and hydrated, water does a bunch of other things that can aid in benefiting your body as well. Amongst the million other little things that water can do for you, it has also been proven that water clears up skin, keeps your bowel movement in order, aids in weight loss, gives you the feeling of being “full”, and allows your body to be fully energized.

Did you know that water actually improves skin thickness? This helps your skin steer far away from flaking, or getting things like those dreaded chapped lips. So, if you’re not drinking enough water every day you can basically classify yourself as a grandpa- nice, I know.

I guess the point of this blog post is that you seriously…seriously…REALLY should be drinking more water! Water has so many hidden benefits that are so good for your body. That about sums up today’s quick lil’ blog post; I hope you all enjoy your day (especially if it is raining)- I’ll be over here writing papers until my fingers can’t type anymore.

Best Air B n Bs Across The World

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I had never heard of Air B n B until recently, when Rob and I began to plan out our weekend trips for when we study abroad next semester. For those of you who are unsure of what Air B n B is, it’s a website where people can put their apartments, or even private bedrooms, up for rent. Tourists, or anyone really can use this website to stay in unique, cheap, hotel rooms while they are traveling.


Here are some of my top pics for Air B n Bs:


Dairsie Castle (Historic Scotland)

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Located in Scotland, this Air B n B is literally a castle fit for kings and queens. The pricing on this particular Air B n B is a bit higher than most, but the castle itself does have bed and bath for 13 people. So, if you were splitting the price, it wouldn’t be all that bad.

Sea View, (Corniglia, Liguria, Italy)

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This small bedroom is perfect for a quick stay in Liguria, Italy. The view from this room is quite hard to beat, and it even includes a complimentary breakfast!

Oia- Caldera View- Godess Lethe No2 (Egeo, Greece) Top Air B n B pics across the world- SINCERELYKENZ

This ancient cave house is located in the center of Oia, Greece. What’s so awesome about this Air B n B is that it’s only 100 steps away from shops, restaurants, and tourist activities!

The Open Book – a bookshop holiday! (United Kingdom, England)

Top Air B n B pics across the world- SINCERELYKENZI have never seen such an awesome place to stay- this is literally a book shop- where you can stay! This bookshop has stairs leading to a small apartment below it. This Air B n B is located in Scotland’s national book town.

Lussuoso. Vista incantevole. (Lombardy, Italy)
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This apartment is located in Lombardy, Italy. It comes with a pool free of use and a gorgeous view- what more could you ask for?!

Apartment Complex in Old Town, Prague

Top Air B n B pics across the world- SINCERELYKENZHow could I write a post about accommodation spots across Europe without including good ol’ Prague?! While the interior of this apartment is nothing spectacular, its location in the city is to die for. This apartment is in the heart of Prague, in Old Town.


Welp, that about does it for my real estate sales pitches. I hope you all enjoyed this lil’ compilation of amazing Air B n B spots across the world. You can click here to get $20 off your first stay at any Air B n B!


8 WAYS TO MAKE DAILY WORKOUTS HAPPEN- ever struggle to find motivation when it comes to working out?! Read this for help!

As much as I love going to the gym, sometimes I just don’t have the time. College can be hectic, and schoolwork usually has to be prioritized over other things like extra curricular activities, or going to the gym. Here are a few of my tips to keep you motivated when you are really struggling with your healthy lifestyle:


1. Take Advantage Of Your Resources

If you cannot make it to the gym but still want to work out a little bit, take advantage of all of the online resources out there! There are so many different YouTube videos, websites, and endless Pinterest pins of quick, at home workout routines. Remember, working out for a short amount of time can go a long way.

2. Water, Water, Water

Did I mention water?! If you can’t make it to the gym every day but want to live a healthy lifestyle, it is so important to drink water and have a healthy diet! Water flushes out the toxins in your body and keeps you from being dehydrated and tired.

3. Find A Friend To Workout With

Having a friend who you can work out with will keep you accountable for going to the gym whenever you possibly can. Think about it- it is easy to sleep in, but nobody wants to cancel plans on a friend.

4. Walk As Much As Possible

If you can’t get to the gym to crush out some cardio, you can at least walk as much as possible. Purchasing a fitness accessory such as a Garmin or FitBit will allow you to track your steps and see how much you really are walking each day. I have the FitBit Alta and absolutely love it. A few ways to walk more include taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or leaving your phone upstairs if you are doing something downstairs.

5. Set Goals

Having fitness goals is an awesome way to keep you accountable. Fitness goals will aid you in pushing yourself to achieve whatever it is that you really want. I personally love to write my fitness goals down on sticky notes and keep them places where I can look at them everyday. This allows me to focus on my goals and constantly be aware of what I must do to achieve them.

6. Invest In New Gym Clothes

I am a big fan of gym clothes; I seriously think that I have such a better workout when my active wear is put together and (somewhat) matching. My favorite spots for active wear are Marshalls, Old Navy, and Target! Don’t forget that retail therapy isn’t ever a bad idea 😉

7. Plan Your Workouts

If there are some classes that you really want to go to, plan them in advance! Leave some openings in your schedule if you can and try to get to the workout classes you would like to go to. I know most colleges have recreational fitness classes that all students can attend. The awesome thing about college fitness classes is that they are usually at night; so most students can work around their classes to get to them! A few of my favorite classes from my college are Yoga, Barre, and Kickboxing.

8. Make Your Workout Plan Work For You

There are so many different little things that you can change to make your healthy lifestyle fit your wants and needs. If you absolutely hate getting up early, work out at night! Simple changes like this really can go a long way.




Do your workout during the week? What tips do you have for making it fit your busy schedule?


Coffee Talk: 11.21.16

Wow, it has been a while since I sat down and spent some time talking to you guys about my life. Time has seriously been flying by, and I’m not so sure why I stopped writing these styled posts- after all, they are one of my favorite type of posts to write.


I don’t even know where to begin; it has really been such a long time. This fall I started my first semester of my junior year of college, which is pretty crazy. It’s safe to say that this semester has been one of my toughest yet, and I have had to put a lot more effort into my schoolwork to maintain the grades that I have received in the past. This has to do with the fact that I’ll be student teaching (eeeeek!) next year, so most of my classes are getting a bit more tedious because they are preparing me for that.


I find it so interesting to take classes that are actually geared toward my major. A lot of my freshman and sophomore year were spent taking general education classes, which are basically exactly what they sound like. Examples of these classes would be: math, science, world history, and subjects of that nature. It’s really exciting to take classes that revolve around what I want to do with my future, even if they’re really hard to keep up with.


Aside from endless schoolwork, I have had some positives come up into my life lately. On November 8th, Rob and I celebrated our five-year anniversary. This was a super exciting day for us. We celebrated by eating pizza (naturally) and watching the presidential election, which by the way- don’t even get me started on that…

I know what you’re thinking, pizza and the presidential election seems like a pretty lame way to celebrate five years together. We did go to Boston the weekend before and spent a couple of days there celebrating with one and other. We spent a majority of our time eating delicious foods as well as walking around our forever favorite city.


After that trip it was Prague EVERYTHING. Right after our trip, we began planning out everything for Prague, and really got our Prague gears runnin’. Rob and I will both be studying abroad in Prague next semester, and there is so much to do to prepare for it. Just last Friday, we finished our Visa applications and handed them into the Czech Consulate in NYC. Completing the Visa application was probably the hardest part of the whole studying abroad process, as there were so many documents that had to be filled out in extremely specific ways to have it marked complete. Lucky for us, we finally got it out of the way! We booked our flights last week and I couldn’t be more excited to finally begin our journey.


After dropping our Visa application off in NYC, we decided to come straight home to good ol’ LI. I am home for 10 days, and I actually cannot believe it, that is the longest break I have had from school for quite some time. Classes officially were scheduled to end on Tuesday and break was teeeeechnically from Tuesday night until my first class on Friday, but I was fortunate enough to have most of my classes cancelled on Monday and Tuesday. I’m not really sure why professors cancel class, but then again, I’m not complaining. I’m also not sure why our school has class until Tuesday; it’s much easier to just begin the break on that Friday.


After this break is over I will have almost completed half of my junior year of college! We go back to Oneonta next Sunday and then final exams start. Pretty crazy to think about, but I guess it’s kind of exciting at the same time.


I hope you all enjoyed this lil’ life update post and have a fabulous Monday!