Author Archive | Eric Michelson

Make Friends in China: 5 Fun Ways to Put Yourself out There

There’s an old Chinese proverb, 黄金万两容易得,一个知心最难寻。(huáng jīn wàn liăng róng yì dé, yí gè zhī xīn zuì nán xún.) – Gold is easy to obtain, but a great friend is the hardest to find. Chinese culture places a lot …

Study in Style: The 15 Best Places to Study Abroad

In “The Innocents Abroad,” Mark Twain wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” The benefits of studying abroad can’t be understated. Yes, studying in another country will broaden your perspective of the world and teach you about people …

8 Travel Writing Tips for Becoming the Next Bill Bryson

Tom Miller once wrote, “The finest travel writing describes what’s going on when nobody’s looking.” Whether you’re making money from your travel pieces are just starting out, there’s always room to improve. “The finest travel writing” consists of much …

Work Abroad Apps: Download These 11 to Work Like a Boss

When I was traveling through Indonesia, I made a split decision to take a three-day trek through the jungle. It would be three days with no internet, cell service or access to the outside world. I was working as part …

5 Epic Ways to Spend Your Gap Year in China

It was a national holiday and three-day weekend. Along with a few fellow expats who also lived in China, I decided to travel to Inner Mongolia in the northern part of the country. After an eight-hour bus ride from …

7 China Travel Apps to Make Your Trip Stress Free

I was on the subway, headed to meet my friend at the Shenzhen airport. But I missed the connection to the correct subway line! I decided it would be fine to exit at the “Airport East” station instead of …

Ready to See the World? 6 Benefits of Exchange Programs

College can be rough. All-night cram sessions before tests. Student loans. Pressure from parents and teachers to have it all together. Wouldn’t it be nice to escape it all for a little while? Well, you could run away and join …