5 Ways to Fuel your Wanderlust while in College

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I have a little problem. I love to travel, but I also want to get a degree at the University of Oklahoma. I’m constantly battling the feeling to drop everything and go somewhere. I guess I’m glad I have no money for plane tickets. (; Here are some ways I like to keep my love for going places in check, while being confined to the city of Norman, Oklahoma! 1. Enroll in classes that echo travel When I looked at classes for the spring 2016 semester, I noticed a class was being offered called “Paris Through the Ages”. This is a perfect way to not only dive into the history...

How to Display Travel Pictures Impressively

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Travel photos! What do you do with them? Print them and put them in a folder? Maybe? Put them in a folder on your iPhone? Now that’s more likely. Here are some ideas on what you can do with those pictures you love from vacation but don’t know what to do with! Print out favorite memories on a pillow! Why not display your adventures on a throw on your couch? This helps if you have cluttered shelf space or simply need to add a fun conversation piece to your room. Stitchtagram is great at creating cute pillows you can fit just about anywhere. You can even pull photos directly from your Instagram account!...

#TBT: My Trip to Paris, France

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Ahh, my favorite place in the entire world. Paris, France. Frank Sinatra himself crooned, “I love Paris every moment / Every moment of the year / I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris / Because my love is here”. Same, Frank. I first visited Paris during the second leg of my European vacation with my family for my parents’ 20th anniversary. I have loved Paris since my best friend and I watched the movie Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, and the Leighton Meester. My family and I only spent three days in Paris (the shortest of all the destinations) but it did not take much for me to become...

The Time I Tried to do Yoga at the Acropolis

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Once upon a time, a recently graduated Jewel went on a senior trip to Greece. She toured Athens mercilessly, in awe of everything she saw. On June 21, 2015, she and her family toured the Acropolis. Jewel, being a new yogi, had recently checked Twitter to find June 21st was International Yoga Day. Imagine her excitement. Everyone around the world was going to social media to talk about their practices and love for yoga. Jewel had a vision of taking a beautiful picture at the Acropolis in dancer pose for her #YogaDay Instagram post. Everything was going well. Until the actual picture began to take place. Jewel and Gracie enter...

#TBT: Kaua’i, Hawaii – Part One

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So, I’m one of those nerds that enjoys strapping a GoPro to her head and making videos about my vacations. My family is starting to go to Kauai, Hawaii every year or so to spend Christmas/The New Year. Here’s a throwback to Christmas 2014! xoxo, Jewel...

Why Travel?

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I think I have been extremely blessed to grow up in a family that puts travel in such high regard. I was already taken on family road trips to San Antonio to see the Alamo and to hang out by the pool at our now-favorite hotel by the time I was six. If I had not traveled so consistently, I am not sure I would have grown to love it as much as I do now. A lot of the people I went to school with didn’t really care about my adventures, big or small. When I told them stories, they almost didn’t understand. They were kind of indifferent about their own family vacations. They liked...

Beaches vs Cities

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Ahh, Beaches vs Cities – the ultimate struggle. Lay out next to the blue water in Bali or tour the Empire State Building in New York City? Just in case you’re wondering what to do on your next vacation, I’ve laid out some pros and cons of both of these dream destinations. BEACHES pro: you’ll get to work on your tan! con: bikinis though… that’s a love/hate relationship if I’ve ever heard of one. pro: you’ll get to take surf lessons! con: you’ll get to discover you can’t surf! pro: perfect weather! con: make sure you’re not planning on vacationing during the island’s rainy season. @me. pro: your diet will change...

#TBT: My trip to London, England

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In 2014, my family and I embarked on a crazy three part trip through Europe to celebrate my parents’ 20th anniversary. Our first stop: London. I could bore you with an hour-by-hour itinerary of our every move – which, honestly, I kind of want to… there is so much to talk about! – but I won’t! Instead, here are some of my highlights of my three days in London. Camden Market I am an avid shopper, so I had to stop at the Camden Market to have a look around. There are tons of beautiful shops and food stalls. My sister and I bought the neatest see-through rain boots there. We...

10 Ways to Look like a Local

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In my few years of travel here and there, I have noticed one thing: tourists, although appreciated for revenue, can be generally annoying to locals. I experienced this first-hand one day when I was shopping in Camden Town, London. I had my sights set on an adorable orange-trim camel coat one of the vendors was selling. I looked at my mom, who was next to me, and said, “Look! This jacket is absolutely gorgeous!” and at that moment a very peeved, very local man looked around at me and shot me the grossest, meanest look, and I knew. I knew my Texan voice was too loud and too excited for this London...

Hi, I’m Jewel

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Hello and welcome to Jewel Abroad – a travel blog about a college girl aspiring to do everything and go everywhere. With 2016 starting, I decided to take an alternative approach to make sure I complete my resolutions: document them obsessively! I have such a heart for travel and I believe it is an essential part of life. Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”. After years of family vacations and little tastes of international life and ‘staycation’ style getaways, I realized my love and obsession with travel. The idea of stepping off a plane into a busy world...