• Old Town Square Prague Czech Republic
    Czech Republic,  Europe,  Travel

    Why NOT to Visit Prague (for one day)

    I made the worst decision of my life when I decided to visit Prague for one day. If you are planning on visiting Prague, let me tell you something I wish someone had told me before… ONE DAY IS NOT ENOUGH!! You should NOT visit Prague for less than 24 hours. It’s simply not enough time. You will be left wanting to stay for another day or two, or forever five. I arrived in the capital of the Czech Republic on February 14th (aka Valentine’s Day). Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not a romantic person, but after setting foot in Prague, I can now tell you that I do believe…

  • Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    Dresden: What to See and Do on a Budget

    Dresden is easily one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. I recently visited Dresden, the capital of Saxony, and fell in love not only with the city, but with its history, and the spirit of the Dresdners. If you are traveling between Berlin and Prague, you should definitely make a stop to this incredible city that is right in the middle. Even if you are short on time (or budget like I was), the city center is small enough to walk around and get to see the most important sights in one day. I visited the city on February 13th, an important date known to locals (but unknown to me before arrival).…

  • Belgium,  Europe,  Travel

    24 Hours in Brussels

    Although 24 hours isn’t near enough time to get to know a city, I only had a limited amount of time (and money) to visit Brussels, the capital of Belgium. My express tour left me wanting to return, and I most definitely will… once I’ve crossed a few more places off my list. Brussels is a beautiful city with charming street cafés, beautiful buildings, the best beer and chocolate in the WORLD (no exaggeration), and a lot of history. Of course, when I decided to visit, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the Belgian lifestyle. I had a weekend off from Au Pair duties…

  • Au Pair Pros and Cons
    Au Pair

    12 Au Pair Pros and Cons

    If you are thinking of traveling for a year abroad as an Au Pair, you definitely want to consider the pros and cons of #AuPairLife. It’s not as glamorous as some make it seem. You will probably be changing smelly diapers or cleaning snot from a child’s face most of the time. Before I started my adventure as an Au Pair I gave some consideration as to what the job actually entails. But there were many things that I didn’t really think of until actually being here. After having spent the last 7 months with a wonderful host family, I have to tell you that not everything turns out *exactly* how…

  • What Exactly is an AU Pair
    Au Pair

    What Exactly is an Au Pair?

    You might have heard of the term Au Pair being used in comparison to a “nanny”. In reality, the role of an Au Pair is much more complex than that of a child caretaker. An Au Pair is defined as a young person (between the ages of 18-30), who goes abroad to live with a local family and learn (or perfect) a language, in exchange for childcare and light housework. The title comes from the French term au pair, meaning “at par” or “equal to”, indicating that the relationship is intended to be one of equals. The au pair is intended to become a member of the family, although a temporary…

  • Au Pair

    Au Pair: 15 Questions for Host Family

    So you’ve made the decision to become an Au Pair – that’s great! Surely you understand what an Au Pair does, you have weighed the pros and cons, reviewed the technical requirements to become one, registered yourself on an Au Pair platform (AuPairWorld.com) and now are looking for your ideal host family… When selecting your host family, there are many things to take into consideration. I’ve prepared a list of 15 questions (and related sub-questions) to ask your potential host family that will help you during the interview process and ultimately lead you to find your ideal family.