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Kay Rodriguez
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Kay Rodriguez is a freelance writer and photographer currently studying at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She founded The Kay Days, a blog specializing in student travel. Inspired by the idea that everything has a story, she journeys often to locations around the world to experience and write about traditions, food, history and lifestyle. Her travels have been featured in various online and print publications, including the Philippine Star, USA Today College, and Wandering Educators. She is also the editor-in-chief of Wanderversity, an online student travel resource collaborative. You also can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Entries by Kay Rodriguez

Why You Should Open Your Eyes

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 2:23 PM

You're currently looking something right in the face, but you're not seeing it. You swivel around, squint your eyes a little bit, but still you really don't see anything in front of you. You're confused. Stop there and take a step back. Adjust your glasses frame a bit, close your...

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Why Student Travel Is More Important Than Ever Before

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:48 PM

What is the one thing that people regret about their college years? Many alumni will say they wish they had taken the opportunity to travel or study abroad. So many students graduate without taking the leap and traveling, then regret it later. Now, more than ever, it is...

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Why You Should Stay In A Hostel

(16) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Because of movies like Hostel and the social stigma of associating with such college kid-infested places, sometimes hostels and backpacker lodges get a less-than-ideal reputation for being crowded, dirty and unsafe. In today's world, however, this is rarely ever the case. In my experience, hostels are generally clean, inviting, hospitable...

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Common Travel Misconceptions And How To Overcome Them

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After speaking with many of my fellow students, colleagues and friends, I've learned a lot about peoples' preconceived fears and stereotypes regarding traveling. The truth is, travel is neither difficult nor scary, even for young people. Here are some of the main concerns I've heard, and what you can do...

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Five Ways To Get More Travel From Your Small Budget

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I'm a student and, like many people, I don't really have a lot of money sitting around for travel. So, when I'm graced with the opportunity to visit somewhere really unique or exotic, I often have to find ways to get around and things to do that are low-cost.

Before,...

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A Different Kind Of Travel: Service In San Lucas Tolimán (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After over four months of tireless fundraising and learning about Guatemala's history, culture and language, my group of 15 volunteers embarked on our two-week service trip to San Lucas Tolimán, a rural village about three hours away from Guatemala City.

After a day-long journey, we finally arrived at our...

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100 Days: A Summer Of Travel, Writing And Learning

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Ugh, I thought to myself as I stepped off the airplane on an afternoon in May, I definitely didn't miss this.

I typically react the same way when I travel back to the hot, steamy Houston weather from the moderate Virginia climate of my parents' homes. However, this time, my...

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