March 2020 now seems like a lifetime ago. The whole world was blindsided by an invisible enemy that disrupted everything and restricted the freedoms we all took for granted. For CAS Trips, the ramifications changed everything.

Shocked by the rapid global shut-down, we spent the first weeks of the pandemic canceling trips booked for 2350 students from 57 countries.

Heartbreakingly, the largest of those endeavors, Prague Spring, was only two weeks from its scheduled start. This 2-month long celebration of international education invites hundreds of 16 to 18-year-old international students from every corner of the globe to join together in dynamic volunteer challenges with local charities and NGOs.

With this experience gone in a flash, we, like so many international schools around the world, knew students were craving international dialogue amid the global lockdown, maybe even…

A Bridge-Centered City

Just east of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Bosnia and Herzegovina provides unique diversity in its culture and rich history. Mostar is well known by tourists for its bridge, and many make a day-trip to see the iconic architecture.

I have an unpopular opinion to share today, but we need to stop commoditizing the world.

Do you know those fun maps of our planet where you can “scratch” off a layer of metallic protection to reveal specific countries underneath? Those maps designed to showcase your worldly insights with a side of bragging rights. Yea those.

Well now is a good time to thank my friend Tricia (who doesn’t know I’m writing this) for so kindly gifting me one of these scratch maps this winter. See I live abroad and I travel a lot so it would seem like the perfect collector's item for me.

But this is not the case.

And to explain, I would…

Also called The City of a Hundred Spires, Prague has many amazing attractions for first-time or returning visitors. But especially in busy months, Old Town and the center feel a bit like Disneyland. As a tour guide here, I like to recommend places outside of the typically visited areas so that visitors can be able to experience what life here is really like.

Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy Prague outside of the center during your next visit to the Golden City

Neil Brinckerhoff

Tourism Professional — living and learning internationally

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