Studying Abroad with Danielle Grace host of Young, Gifted and Abroad
Don’t let not knowing how stop you from pursuing your dreams.

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Danielle Grace is the host of the Young, Gifted and Abroad Podcast. Young, Gifted and Abroad shares perspectives on studying abroad from past and present students of color. Each episode features a person of color who studied abroad as either a high school student, an undergraduate student or graduate student.

Danielle Grace first set her sights on France in elementary school and on Japan in high school. She was fortunate to achieve those dreams by studying abroad in both countries as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University (’15). Danielle studied Comparative Culture and Politics, double majored in French and minored in Japanese.

In this episode we cover:

  • What is studying abroad?
  • The benefits of studying abroad
  • Challenges students face when studying abroad
  • How parents can encourage their kids to study abroad
  • Ways to fund study abroad programs
  • Types of expenses you might have when studying abroad

What is studying abroad?

Danielle Grace:

I like to use a broad definition of studying abroad. For me, it’s anything outside of traveling for vacation or leisure. This could be any activity or program that someone participates in, in another country while they are a student.

This can include more traditional study abroad programs that are typically offered with universities, or it could be a gap year or volunteering or an internship or even just going to an academic conference. Those are all things that I feel fit under the umbrella of study abroad.

Typically study abroad programs could last anywhere from a week to a year.

Where do you find study abroad programs?

Danielle Grace:

Definitely look online.

Reach out to your network and go to your school to see what offers are available.

Ask people who you know are well traveled. Also check with your language professors because they usually know about what opportunities are available.

What are the benefits of studying abroad?

Danielle Grace:

Studying abroad gives you a boost to believe that you are able to achieve anything you put your mind to. Studying abroad also exposes you to other parts of the world, especially if you haven’t really gotten the chance to travel yet.

Having met so many people along the way that I’m still in touch with it, it feels nice to think that you have friends around the world.

Studying abroad lit a fire in me. At this point, I feel like I could go anywhere.

What are some ways to fund study abroad programs?

Danielle Grace:

Scholarships helped me a lot.

If you are a honor student, your university may have their own scholarships so look around for scholarships, especially within your major.

I’m not going to lie, I did have help from my family. My grandfather had set money aside for me to go to college when I was born.

Go Fund Me and other fundraising websites are also a possibility. Consider asking your family and friends if they’d be willing to donate.

Connect with Danielle Grace:


Facebook: @younggiftedandabroad

Instagram: @younggiftedandabroad

For more episodes of The Thought Card Podcast, listen to Episode 3 where Richelle Gamlam shares tips for teaching English in China or Episode 14 where we chat about how to take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs with Ogechi from One Savvy Dollar.

Looking to save money more money to study abroad? I recommend using the Digit app which helps you save your spare change automatically. Use my referral code and get $5 to get started.

Planning a trip to Iceland? Grab a copy of my Iceland travel guide here.

Cuba Solo Travel with Beatriz Reynoso
Practical tips for visiting Cuba for the first time as a female solo traveler.

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In this episode we chat with Beatriz Reynoso about how she traveled to Cuba solo after a breakup. After breaking up with her partner of six years, Beatriz wanted to get away as far as possible. At the time Cuba was legal travel to, several of her friends had already visited Cuba and it was affordable. Why not right?

Beatriz shares that if you just broke up with your significant other, consider going on a solo trip. She says, “This trip taught me that everything I need is within me. My happiness, my love and support – that comes from me and not someone else.”

In this episode we cover:

  • What it’s like traveling to Cuba as a female solo traveler
  • Resources to plan your trip to Cuba
  • Tips for saving money in Cuba
  • How much things cost in Cuba
  • Where to stay in Havana

Cash vs. Credit Cards in Cuba

For the best rates, Beatriz recommends exchanging your money when you get to Cuba. She exchanged her US Dollars at the airport and she never used a credit card. She also never saw anyone using a credit card in Cuba as well.

Read this article for more Cuba money tips.

How did you feel traveling solo to Cuba?

Beatriz Reynoso:

It was scary at first, however, once I started exploring on my own, I felt really safe. I walked everywhere and met amazing people.

Cuba is actually one of the safest places to travel for women.

How affordable is Cuba?

Beatriz Reynoso:

Because of the big boost in tourism to Cuba, I found that things cost similar to the U.S. – maybe somewhat cheaper. I was there for nine days and I still had money leftover. It’s all about how you optimize your spending.

Can you share any tips for saving money in Cuba?

Beatriz Reynoso:

I took a lot of my own snacks with me to Cuba because I heard that there were food shortages because everything is rationed in Cuba.

I took my own toilet paper and when I got there, I bought a case of water.

I would also recommend bartering with locals to get the best deals.

Connect with Beatriz Reynoso:

Instagram: @bettyrey902

Twitter: @bettyrey902

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Want to visit more of the Caribbean? Listen to Episode 10 where I share tips for visiting Puerto Rico for the first time.

Kylie is a British Expat living in the U.S. and blogs over at Between England and Iowa.

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Kylie Neuhaus is a British expat living in the USA. She enjoys drone photography and writes about expat life, the USA Green Card process and finding unique, active adventures in England, Iowa and everywhere in-between. She’s a lover of all things adrenaline including paragliding in New Zealand, glacier hiking in Austria and camel trekking in Morocco.


In this episode we talk about:

  • Emigrating to the USA
  • The ongoing visa and visa extension process
  • The difference between a visa and a green card
  • Ideas for what to include in your cover letter when looking for a job as an expat
  • Solo travel as a married woman
  • Ways to earn extra miles with American Airlines
  • Differences between healthcare in the USA and UK
  • How loyalty to airlines may not be the best strategy


Resources Mentioned:

Between England & Iowa: A Year in the Life of an Emigrating Wife – Available in paperback and Kindle

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Credit Card

Ryanair – cheap flights throughout Europe

Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan


Kylie’s Articles: 

Turks and Caicos Islands: Things To Do In Providenciales


Connect with Kylie:

Blog: Between England and Iowa

Facebook: @betweenenglandandiowa

Instagram: @englandandiowa

Twitter: @englandandiowa


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Episode 6: Yvette Morrissey from Wayfaring Kiwi and Accidental Adventures

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Yvette Morrissey is a 29 year old digital nomad from New Zealand. Every six months she packs up her possessions and moves to a different country. She is currently working and living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Yvette is a budget traveler and over on her blog Wayfaring Kiwi she talks about her travels around the world, working remotely, and her random, crazy adventures including hiking over 500 miles on the Scottish National Trail.

In this episode we talk about how she quit her job in New Zealand, saved $8,000 NZD in 2 months (starting with no savings) and sold everything she owned to travel the world solo. While exploring Canada for 7 months she lived in a van where she saved a lot of money on housing and learned how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Accidental Adventures

Yvette introduces us to the concept of “accidental adventures” and teaches us how being open and following your intuition can lead to creating some of the most amazing and unexpected life experiences.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Yvette:


Facebook: @wayfaringkiwi

Instagram: @wayfaringkiwi11

Twitter: @wayfaringkiwi

Are you an aspiring financially savvy traveler who wants to afford to travel more? Listen to Episode 2 to learn how to start a travel fund.

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