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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog, Feature |

Nice, France (a poem)

Nice, France (a poem)

  confined between the shores of europe and africa the mediterranean watches the affairs of men from a neighborly distance caring nothing for the flash and pomp of the cars and casinos but only of the sun dancing across her back and when the markets drain and the children scatter and day surrenders to the ink of night the sea glows hot in the dying light...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog, Feature, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

How to Choose an International Program

How to Choose an International Program

During my time as a study abroad advisor, I was frequently asked the question, Which program is better? There are no “right” or “wrong” choices when choosing an international program*, only different outcomes and consequences. Ask these 10 questions to determine which international program is right for you. *Choose an international program through a reputable organization that offers international programs! If you don’t know any reputable programs, check out GoAbroad.com or GoOverseas.com. 1. Why am I traveling?  Write down every reason you can think of as to why you are interested in traveling, studying, working, or volunteering abroad. Maybe you want to see a new place, learn a new language, or know what it is like to live outside of the country. This is good, keep going. Are you trying to accomplish something through traveling that you cannot accomplish at home? Was there a particular moment, conversation, person, or idea that inspired you to pursue an international opportunity? What are your goals? Are you trying to get away from something...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Change |

jacksonville (a poem)

jacksonville (a poem)

I wrote this poem in 2008 while living in Jacksonville, Florida and waiting to move to Northern Ireland. Five years later, I am about to make my next move and felt it appropriate to revisit this poem.   this city is a holding cell neither point A or B just somewhere along the line   this city is white noise I am in an extended layover waiting for the next...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, Guest Post |

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

12 Tips for Travel Blogging

This is a guest post written by Elsa Thomasma of GoAbroad. See her bio below! Travel blogging can become an extremely valuable resource for a traveler to share experiences with family and friends back home, raise funds for trips or charitable causes, serve as a travel guide for other potential travelers, and gain exposure as an up-and-coming writer. But writing a successful travel blog requires effort. The following 12 tips for travel blogging give suggestions to make a travel blog more enticing, easy to read, and frequently shared. 1. Write what you want to write (your audience will self-select!). Keep your blog authentic: write for yourself, write for personal growth, and write to create a testimony of what you experience in your travels. 2. Update friends and family. It is often difficult to keep everyone up to date with personal emails, phone calls, or the like, so travel blogging is a great way to update family and friends all at once on what you are doing and experiencing while abroad. 3. Share on Social Media. Share your...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature |

Maps as Art and a Metaphor for Life

Maps as Art and a Metaphor for Life

Maps are conceptual perfection. Lines, dots, colors, and symbols all neatly grouped together to convey distance, space, culture, and place in one compelling visual. Oh the joys of exploring the interplay of parts and wholes! Zeroing in on a small detail and then zooming out again to capture the complete picture in one delightful moment! Maybe like Ken Jennings, I’m a “Map Head“. (Although in his geography quiz I scored at an ‘American college student’, which is narrowly above ‘the atlas shrugs’ and ‘Terrain wreck’ and sadly far below ‘Sensei of direction’ and ‘Certified maphead’!) So even though I won’t win the geography bee, my travel obsession combined with my ‘topophilia’ (Greek, ‘love of place’) is why I am drawn to maps and get lost in their cartological magic. Maps are both aesthetically pleasing but also functional. Just look at these examples…stunning and informative!   And what could be better than to have your map and eat it as a cake too? ‘Map’ props to this couple for creating...

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