Being the musical enthusiast that I am, I’ve had a slight obsession with The Sound of Music since I was first introduced to it early in life by my mom. It’s a love story, historical (ok… historical fiction), and has a killer score; it has all of the components that I love about a good musical.
Fast forward to me as a twenty-something, planning a trip through Europe for ten days after the completion of an education abroad program that I participated in in Barcelona, Spain. I’m scanning the internet, trying to find fun things to do that both my mom, who is traveling with me, and I will enjoy. The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, Austria enters the screen of my computer. Bingo.
In the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to spend four weeks in Australia participating in a voluntourism program called International Student Volunteers. Voluntourism? If you're not familiar with the term "voluntourism" you're not alone. It basically means that you volunteer and travel sustainably all during one trip, sometimes at the same time, in complementary programs. You could volunteer for a portion of your trip and then continue on to travel or travel while you volunteer for different organizations or businesses.
It's one of the most iconic cities in the world, and is at the top of most people's bucket lists. On the downside, it can be pricey to spend a lot of time visiting the city. Solution? Hit all of your top-listed sights in minimal time to spend minimal dollars!
A couple of summers ago, my mom and I had the opportunity to spend around three days in the Paris area, and in that time period I knew we wanted to visit Versailles. In the end, we had about one full day in the city to see everything we wanted. Needless to say, prioritization and organization became our best friends.
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