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Studying Abroad in China #WeSwapWisdom

Of all the travellers and expats we speak to, China is often touted as one of the hardest countries to navigate. Whether that’s financially, linguistically or geographically, China can be a bit of a mental maze for the first time visitor. It is also often touted as the most rewarding. So, for those of you thinking of taking an academic tour of the Far East, whether it’s a year out or a full course, you could do a lot worse than China. Read More

   
Zagreb, Croatia's capital

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY IN CROATIA

Whether it’s in search of the clear blue sea that lines the Mediterranean coast, the stroller’s dream that is Zagreb or the party paradise of Outlook Festival, Croatia is becoming a firm favourite for UK travellers.

(This is especially the case for WeSwap users, who, ever since given the chance to use their WeSwap cards worldwide, have been flocking to Croatia in their droves.)

So, with that in mind, we’ve put this handy guide together on how to manage your money in Croatia. Confused about whether to use your card or get out cash? Worried there won’t be any ATMS? Scared of offending someone when you try and haggle in a supermarket?

Well, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

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FROM LOOKING TO BOOKING: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS TAKING OVER TOURISM

Featured in the Telegraph and on BBC Radio 

A wise man once tweeted: “pics or it didn’t happen.”

And nowhere is this mantra more evident than the social media feeds of travel fanatics.

Log onto your own channels and it often seems like everyone is holidaying 24/7, 365. Then you’ve got the strange, sun-soaked world of vloggers and Instagram influencers (#vanlife, #hotdogsorlegs). And then, of course, there’s more high-definition, #nofilter pics of mountains, oceans, deserts and yoga retreats than anyone could ever need.

But is social media impacting how we travel?

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france

STUDYING ABROAD IN FRANCE #WESWAPWISDOM

France (or as the French call it: France) is the fourth most popular study destination in the world. It’s not really hard to see why, is it?

It’s beautiful, it’s very cool, you can ski and you can sunbathe, the wine flows freely, and the food, well, any country that looks at snails and goes “yep, I can make that delicious,” and succeed… they’re ok by us.

12% of the student population in France hail from abroad, with many of those hailing from across the Channel as part of the popular Erasmus programme. But, despite all the support, arriving in France, especially if you’re studying without the support of the Erasmus programme, can be a little daunting. Particularly when it comes to your finances.

So, we called up Elizabeth, a Biochemistry student, who spent a year abroad at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse as part of the Erasmus programme, to get some insider tips. Read More

   
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