Styled by Surina Harjani and Olivia Rawlings
Photography by Ersta Ferryanto
Hair and Makeup by Logan Wilkes and Jenny Rim
Location 1: The Varsity, Milledge Ave.
Hermes Vintage Blouse, Agora Vintage, $299
High-waisted linen pants, Pitaya, $8
Felt Hat with Tribal accent, Pitaya, $44
D&G Vintage Shift Dress, Agora Vintage, $299
Wide brim straw hat, Pitaya, $18
Leather Jacket, Dynamite Clothing, $28
Aviators, Dynamite Clothing, $12
Location 2: Jimbo’s Gas Station, Baxter St.
ALL Luggages: Vic’s Vintage, $40
Periwinkle cotton dress, Pitaya, $32
Tassel layered necklaces, Pitaya, $12
Metal-framed sunglasses, Pitaya, $12
Floral Romper, Pitaya, $39
Sunglasses, Pitaya, $12
Plaid-lined Jean Jacket, Dynamite Clothing, $28
Salmon Vintage Polo, Dynamite Clothing, $18
By Emily Haney
Whether you find yourself stuck in the same routine or crunched for time, the day has arrived to take a study break and branch out a little. Adopting the mindset of a tourist can help. A tourist is always travel ready with a camera in hand and tries to visit all the top attractions in a week or less. The goal is to see as much in as little time as possible. If you develop the tourist mindset where you live, you can get more than a glimpse of a place and experience all the popular spots and then some. If you’re looking to find more where you live and become a tourist at home, here are some places to start.
GO TO A SHOW:
A night of music, theater or comedy is waiting for you. In Athens, the comedy scene can be a little difficult to locate. However, on certain nights of the month, bars like The World Famous host stand up events. “I went to one show there called The Good Stuff. The place was packed, but I had a good time,” says Maureen Sheeran, a sophomore journalism major from Atlanta. “It was a good way to unwind after a long day and just laugh.” The World Famous even has a stage side of the venue that can be closed off to accommodate events like stand up. With the list of entertainment venues in Athens being so exhaustive, there’s a show for everyone.
TRY A NEW RESTAURANT:
Every corner you turn in Athens, there’s a different restaurant. The trick is to find one that fits your tastes. If you’re looking for a pizza place that isn’t a chain restaurant, Automatic Pizza is the spot for you to fulfill those cheesy cravings. “It’s kind of the same style as other pizza places,” says James Shefer, a senior education major from Lawrenceville. “You pick your toppings and such, but it’s crisper and more of an Italian Style.” Only one of the many restaurants located in Athens, Automatic Pizza offers an intimate dining experience with affordable food options. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try one of Athens other great restaurant options.
Seeking out your town’s traditions can be a way to get up close and personal with the roots of your town. Locating traditions has been made easy in Athens thanks to the UGA Alumni Association’s G Book, which is chock full of traditions. One of the traditions that you can work on completing any day of the year is locating the decorated bulldog statues around the city and taking a picture with each one. If you’re feeling extra creative, bring props along or do a different pose for each photo. With over thirty-six statues residing in Athens, this is not an easy feat, but you are sure to produce some amusing photos. Crossing items off a list of traditions can be a great way to experience another side of a town.
FIND A PARK OR GARDEN:
When exploring somewhere, even where you live, don’t overlook the outdoors. The State Botanical Garden, located conveniently close to campus, offers a connection straight to nature. On a sunny day, the nature trails are the place to be. Surrounded by lush scenery and following along the river, you won’t be at a loss for visuals. Try packing a lunch too because there are tables and benches along the paths. If you’re not much for hiking, there are countless garden areas equipped with fountains and archways, a perfect location to relax or study. A local park or garden can have just as much to offer as any indoor attraction.
Full of unique boutiques, bookstores and record stores, downtown areas like in Athens offer a unique view of a town. A way to help out an independent boutique and the local economy is to shop at Native America Gallery. “They have turquoise everything and good sales around winter,” says Kelsey Hamilton, a senior French and psychology major from Atlanta. “Even though the store tends to be more expensive, they make an effort to have affordable jewelry.” Alongside the turquoise collection, you can find a vast array of earth-toned hand crafted pieces. Downtown areas are one big treasure hunt waiting to happen.
Becoming a tourist, or in a sense, more connected to where you live is a lot easier than you might think. Simply taking the time to move away from normal routine and trying something new is the place to start. See a play. Eat at a restaurant your friend suggested. Partake in a local tradition. Walk through a garden. Wander through some unique stores. Don’t be afraid to try something new. March out your door, camera in hand, and go on the hunt for a new tourist destination right outside your home.
By Ashton Pike
The spirit of adventure is taking over millennials. It is triggering a desire to travel and soak up the beauty and culture that the world has to offer. With the arrival of this sensational trend, the meaning of the term “vacation” has extended to encompass not just a trip to the nearest beach, but also the endless opportunities that a car, a group of friends and the willingness to take a long road trip can offer you. If you’ve been looking for a reason to get out of Athens, out of the state or even out of the country, then your spirit of adventure is begging you to plan your next road trip. Here is the perfect to-do list to make your planning that much easier!
1) Choose Your Friends (Wisely)
The idea has been planted for a road trip like no other, so now it’s time to find the right friends who will soak up every minute just as much as you will. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to be in a car for hours on end with someone who gets car sick easily, a complainer, or, the worst, a music-hater. So choose friends that are adventure seekers like yourself and are ready for a long and exciting road trip! Another important factor in this part of the planning process is to choose an amount of people that is one less than the number of people the car can hold. For example, if the car holds 5, then 4 people would be just the right amount so that no one feels too cramped and there’s plenty of room for luggage.
2) NO CASH, NO GAS
The next step in the planning process is to come up with a budget that all members of the road trip are comfortable with and able to accommodate financially. Once you’ve all come to an agreeable amount, it’s time to start choosing the places you can go!
3) OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
Friends? (Check!) Car? (Check!) Budget? (Check!) Now it’s time to choose a destination that stays inside your budget, but outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s a certain place, state, or national park, do some research and find that one place that you and your friends have always wanted to see but have never gotten the chance. If you’re at a loss, no worries! Here are some great destinations: the Grand Canyon, Hollywood, the St. Louis Arch, Times Square, Seattle, Chicago, or Niagara Falls. The possibilities are endless!
4) MAP IT OUT
This is the lengthiest part of the process, but websites like roadtrippers.com can make it much faster and easier! Simply choose your starting location, the date you intend to leave, the final destination and the date you intend to arrive. The website then puts together a road trip with a variety of numerous stops along the way. “Mapping out the route was the most fun portion of the planning process," says Devin Gooden, a senior business management major from Atlanta. "We found new places that we wouldn’t have known about without doing some research. Now we have a whole list of awesome places to stop at along the way!”
5) MAKE A LIST
With the hardest part of the planning process complete, now all that’s left to do is create the important lists for your big adventure! You’ll want to make a separate list for each of the following key matters: packing, “just in case," emergency contacts and hotel information. The “Just in Case” list is highly important and should contain all of the items you might need just in case of an accident or emergency. Many auto shops offer car kits that include first aid and tools for the car like jumper cables. An emergency contact list should be kept inside your car where someone would be able to find it easily in case something happens to anyone on the trip. A list of information on the hotels or homes you’ll be staying at throughout the trip should be given to a parent of each person. “The most important part of the planning process is to think of every scenario, good or bad, that could happen, and to be prepared with a plan ready," says Taylor Stalling, a senior advertising major from Kennesaw. Remember that all of these are just precautionary measures in case of emergencies. It’s unlikely that anything will happen, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!
6) START THE COUNTDOWN
The planning is finally over after a lot of hard work and decision-making, and now you can start the countdown! Up until the day comes to leave, make a combined playlist for the car with your friends to keep everyone hyped and excited to venture out of the Classic City!
A lengthy road trip may be off-putting at first because there is a lot of planning, preparing and risk involved. Overall, there’s no better way to create invaluable memories and have new experiences with your friends than a grand adventure across the country. “I decided to do this grand road trip because traveling has always been a part of my life," says Mary McPartlan, a junior marketing major from Kennesaw. "I like exploring what the world has to offer instead of being restricted to what’s conveniently around me. I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, so I decided instead of flying straight there and back, why not drive there and see everything in between?” By thinking about all of the things that could go wrong and all the time it’s going to take, you’re preventing yourself from having one of the greatest experiences of your life. Take the risk! Buy a map, gather some friends and start planning for your next (and greatest) adventure.
By Ashley Dozier
Spring is hastily approaching, which means it’s almost time to wrap up the semester, ditch the leggings and scarves and look forward to the freedom the warmth of the sun allows. With spring comes longer days, warmer nights, fun, friends, traveling, beaches and Netflix. If you’re anything like me, the thing that stuck out the most to you was “Traveling.” Most of us have the urge to get up and see what the world has to offer, however, more often than not, our wallets don’t match our wanderlust.
I’m not a millionaire, nor do I have the financial means to go backpacking through Europe for the summer, but I can usually scrape together $20 to splurge on a nice vacation. I know that seems to be a ridiculously cheap vacation, or maybe an impossible one, but it’s possible with a little imagination, a few materials and the help of family and friends. The trick to traveling for under $20 is using that knowledge to transform your surroundings to practically any destination and making it special. With that in mind, here are five creative ways to travel the world from the comfort of your own home:
Barcelona, the seaside city of Spain, is famous for its breath-taking architecture, art culture, unique foods and international film festivals. It is home to the largest port in the Mediterranean and the Museum of FC Barcelona, the most visited museum in Catalunya. Barcelona is 4,510 miles from Athens, which would amount to a pretty hefty plane ticket. Luckily, it’s very simple to bring the spirit of Barcelona to you. To bring Barcelona to your home, here’s what you need:
A white sheet - $4
Old Christmas lights (In working condition) - free
A makeshift projector (An old shoe box, magnifying glass, and tape) - $3
Spotify or Pandora - free
YouTube - free
Friends - free (hopefully)
Printed or hand-drawn pictures - $1
Total = $8
For this trip, we’re bringing the experience of an International Film Festival in Barcelona to your backyard. Pin the sheet up to make a screen for the projector. Save money and create ambiance by stringing Christmas lights around your backyard. Take your printed or hand-drawn pictures to recreate the museums. Find several “International Films” on YouTube and play them through your home projector from your phone. Invite your friends to invent their own Spanish recipes and set them out for the ultimate festival feast. While everyone is enjoying their night, use Spotify or Pandora to find popular Spanish music or artists to add to the mood. Invite everyone to browse through your unique array of art in your take on a Barcelona-style Museum. It will be a night of culture, art, food and fun.
Las Vegas, the City of Chance, is located in the Mojave Desert of Nevada. Every year millions of tourist flood the city to try their hand at popular casino games such as BlackJack, Poker, Five Card Draw, Craps and Roulette. As fun as that sounds, players lose an average combined total of 6 billion dollars a year in Las Vegas casinos. There are 2,031 miles separating Athens from Las Vegas protecting you from gambling away your tuition. What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas, though, because you’ll be rolling the dice at home on this vacation. For the Las Vegas experience you will need:
A room with tables (Preferably a dining room or garage) - free
Spotify or Pandora - free
Juice for mixed drinks - $6
Dollar Tree plastic cocktail cups - $8
Family sized chips - $4
Old Monopoly game set - free
Friends or family - free
Playing cards - $1
Total = $19
To create your own Las Vegas casino start by using a room with a table suitable for playing games. Once you have that, you have the opportunity to play bartender with your friends by mixing various fruit juices to make your own “mocktails” or by throwing in a few splashes of your drink of choice to create an authentic cocktail. Your family and friends might get hungry while trying their luck, so investing in a family size bag of chips is a must. Finally, divide the tables into sections so that everyone can use the space to play various casino games together. Instead of using your own money, feel the luxury of having an infinite bank account by using Monopoly money. At the end of the night, win or lose, your own money will be safe in your pocket.
Known as the city of romance and the fashion capital of the world, Paris is the capital of France. Paris is a dream destination for many Americans because of its rich culture, pastries and art. As of 2012, it is the most visited city in the world. Paris is 4,317 miles away from Athens. That’s 4,317 more miles than you actually have to go to be enchanted by the beauty of Paris. For this excursion, we’ll throw in a bit of an American twist and this is what you’ll need:
French pastries made at home - free
Old Christmas lights - free
A white sheet - $4
Makeshift projector - $3
Friends - free
Black construction paper - $1
Classic Disney French movies (Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and Beast and the Aristocats) - $10
For a romantic spring night with your significant other or the adventure of a lifetime with friends, start out by using the construction paper to form your own Eiffel Tower. It wouldn’t be Paris without all the delicious pastries that are native to France, so use the ingredients in your fridge and the trusty internet to create your own French pastries! As the night carries on, use the Christmas lights to decorate your Eiffel Tower for an authentic Parisian night. And no evening would be complete without a movie marathon of Disney movies set in France on your projector and screen. These classics may be American, but they add a sense of nostalgia that will make your Paris feel like home.
Bora Bora is the jaw-dropping, French-owned island in the Pacific Ocean. Its’ waters are home to hundreds of marine species, and it’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Bora Bora is also a pest-free island, which means there are no bugs to interrupt your stream of rays. Not many of us can hop on the next plane to Bora Bora as it is the furthest destination from Athens at 5,681 miles, so we’ll bring the serene setting of Bora Bora ourselves. For this tropical getaway you will need:
Beach towels - free
Sunscreen - $3
Friends - free
Fresh fruit - $5
Juice for mixed drinks - $6
Wave audio - free
Tropical Dollar Store decorations - $5
Total = $19
No spring break or summer vacation would be complete without a trip to the beach. So to create your own Bora Bora beachpalooza, break out those beach towels and shades for a bit of sunbathing. Give your beach some tropical decor with decorations from your local dollar store. Be sure to buy Tiki torches for later in the evening to keep the vacation going after dark. Go to your local produce department, and buy fresh fruit to make a refreshing fruit salad to snack on in the sun. You could even throw some of your leftover fruit into your mixed fruit juice cocktails. Play the sound of crashing waves from your phone to add to the experience! Through your shades, it will be hard not to imagine that you’re not in Bora Bora, but don’t forget your sunscreen!
By Donica Farwell
When measured in the fall semester of 2015, the University of Georgia consisted of 36,130 undergraduate and graduate students. Not to mention the 10,102 faculty, administrators and maintenance work force. With 463 buildings throughout the main campus alone, it comes as no surprise that parking can be a hassle for both commuting students and on campus students. The amount of people traveling through campus clearly surpasses available parking. Stretched over 762 acres, walking is not always a reasonable or safe option. With such a large campus, circumstances such as lack of a car or being under the influence inhibit many students from the opportunity to drive either around campus or home after a night out. However, UGA and the city of Athens provide a variety of local transportation options for the safety and convenience of UGA students.
UGA BUS SYSTEM:
Free to everyone, the UGA Bus System provides convenient transportation throughout the school day. A few routes include: “North/South,” which runs from North to South Campus, “East Campus Express,” which travels around East Campus and surrounding bus stops, and “Orbit,” which pretty much goes everywhere. Self-explanatory names give students a general idea of where a bus is going. However, information on the various routes and arrival times are available on the free UGA app. Night and weekend routes are also available. Weekender buses also aid students living on campus to travel to Ramsey or dining halls. Students mainly use UGA buses to be dropped off at dorms, on-campus apartments or bus stops for commuting students to transfer to Athens Transit. “It cuts down my time to get from Creswell to North Campus by at least 10-12 minutes,” says Chad Ward, a freshmen communications studies and philosophy double major from Cumming. Also, UGA bus drivers fall among the highest paying student jobs. “They have been very friendly so far,” Ward says. While riding the UGA buses can be a pleasant experience, buses often become overcrowded due to their popularity. “I wish there were more buses, but overall I have had a good experience,” Ward says. Alex Cosper, a sophomore intended exercise and sports science major from Valdosta, agrees, “The buses are helpful for the most part, sometimes they are a little slow or too full, or show up a little later than I want.” Cosper has a parking pass for the Ramsey parking deck, but Cosper, living in McWhorter Hall in ECV, says, “I am fine with bussing to class across campus.” Despite crowding and wait times, UGA buses remain a necessary mode of transportation to get around campus. By knowing the stops, using the UGA app and planning ahead, UGA students can efficiently travel to class without driving a car.
With 19 different routes across the Athens area, Athens Transit provides free transportation to all students and faculty with a valid UGA ID. Athens Transit is especially beneficial for those living in off campus student apartments. Athens Transit goes beyond campus, giving students rides across the city to places such as to WalMart or Beechwood Plaza. These buses run throughout the week and just started offering Sunday service. UGA has also included route, live tracking of buses and other Athens Transit information on the free UGA app. Blaise McComb, a sophomore intended marketing major from Las Vegas, Nevada, takes Athens Transit routes 25 and 28 from the Reserve Apartments to the Miller Learning Center. “Athens Transit is the most inexpensive alternative for me to get to campus from our apartment complex. Plus I don’t have a parking pass. For a municipal bus service, I am impressed with its convenience and helpfulness,” McComb says. “Most of the drivers for Athens Transit are friendly and well trained. They have a lot of heart and I appreciate that.” While Athens Transit is free and does have efficient routes to campus, most buses only reach a certain stop every hour. This can be frustrating if your class starts at 8 a.m., and the bus is not scheduled to come until the 50th minute.“Overall, the bus is good if you get it at the right time,” says Caroline Corbitt, a sophomore graphic design major from Valdosta. Essentially, get lucky with class times and get on the bus at an unusual stop and traveling from off campus will be a breeze.
Recently launched by SGA, GOTCHA (Green Operated Transportation Carrying Humanity) cars provide transportation for students on campus 7 p.m.–2 a.m. in 100% electric cars. Not only are these cars good for the environment, but they also allow students to safely return from a night out, a study session away from their dorm or a workout at Ramsey. “No one likes to walk home alone at night, especially on a weekend,” says Lucie D’Angelo, a freshmen early childhood education major from Urbana, Illinois. “Once I had been doing homework kind of late at my friend’s dorm, and my roommate fell asleep when she was supposed to pick me up. My friend suggested I use GOTCHA, and I’m glad I did.” While the GOTCHA service is free, tips are appreciated for the student drivers. To request a ride, a student must simply download the free app and order a GOTCHA car during the hours of operation. “Students are able to utilize the service as a quick, convenient and safer option as opposed to walking at night. The service will hopefully allow students to feel more comfortable with getting around campus,” says Adam Barth, a freshman economics and finance major and former GOTCHA driver from Roswell. “The company is trying to expand to accommodate students on Milledge Avenue, as well.” The main function of GOTCHA is the safety of students at night. If this service continues to gain popularity, no student will ever have to walk at night alone.
For when there are no buses running, you live off campus or need a ride at the push of a button, UBER is there. Downtown Athens is filled with over 80 bars in a single square mile radius. Due to the large number of students going out at night, UBER is a very popular way to make sure students get downtown and home safely. Let UBER be your designated driver to avoid drinking and driving. To order an UBER, simply download the free app, enter your credit card information, type in your location and request to be picked up. Within minutes you have a ride at your doorstep. After the ride, UBER automatically charges your account with the app, so there is no monetary transaction in the car. Prices range from around $6 to $20, but prices can surge during high demand times. Ride with friends! If an UBER costs $8 dollars and you bring three other friends with you, that’s only $2 a person. Also, if a friend recommends UBER to you by giving you a promotional code, your first ride is free. UBER rides are fun experiences because the drivers are usually very friendly and often entertaining. “Drivers are committed to doing their job in a professional, safe manner. Like anything in life, there are always bad apples,” says Dave, a junior risk management major and UBER driver. To be safe, check the number of stars an UBER driver is rated and make sure the arrived car and driver matches the pictures on the app. Always ride UBER with your friends – it’s cheaper anyway.
Athens is a great town to live in because there are so many options for modes of transportation. Try them all out, find your favorite and get to moving around Athens!
By Emily Baker
So you are going to study abroad? Maybe you are looking to be exposed to a new culture, or maybe you want to get out of Athens for a semester. Whatever the reason, you are about to embark on what will probably be the greatest adventure of your college experience. Before you can have your Lizzie McGuire moment, you have to plan ahead. Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem daunting. There is so much to do and pack, and your parents will kill you if you ask to check another bag. So here are some tips from some students who have studied abroad:
Make sure you have the essentials.
When you think of going abroad, you probably think you’ll just book the flight and figure out the rest when you get there. But anyone who’s traveled outside of the country knows it’s a big ordeal. So if you’ve never been outside of the United States, don’t panic! “The first thing you should do is make sure your passport is updated,” says Carley Fulp, a junior risk management major from Hahira. She also suggests ordering some of the local currency so that you will have cash when you get there. No one wants to be in a foreign country without a way to get anywhere.
Pack with purpose.
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your entire wardrobe with you. To maximize your space, stick with basic pieces that you can mix and match for multiple outfits. Scarves are also a great accessory because they can switch up an outfit and can be thrown on when it gets cold at night. “The main thing you have to consider when packing for a study abroad trip is all of the things you are going to buy while you’re there,” says Alexandra Falcucci, a junior fashion merchandising major from Asbury, New Jersey. Make a list of everyone you want to buy gifts for, and then you’ll have an idea of how much room you need to leave in your suitcase.
Plan ahead for weekend getaways.
Most study abroad programs leave the weekends open, which means lots of travel opportunities. Take a day trip to a local beach, or take a train to another city or country. Most places in Europe can be easily traveled to for a short trip. “Look for places to stay on www.hostelworld.com or Airbnb,” says Camren Skelton, a junior journalism major from Greenville, South Carolina. “Both are super affordable and give great reviews, so you are sure to pick the best one!” Plan your weekend getaways ahead of time so that you can make the most of your time abroad.
Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem like a big task, but if you organize and prioritize, you can have a stress free trip. Get together with friends who are also studying abroad and go shopping. Buy some staple clothing pieces and get the travel necessities. Preparing for your trip will not seem as scary when your friends are doing it with you. The only surprises you should have should be on your trip, not at the airport.