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Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog, Change, Culture, Guest Post, Relocation, Study Abroad, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

What to Know About Living Abroad

What to Know About Living Abroad

The following is a guest post by Troy Peden, Founder of GoAbroad.com. Living abroad is different from any other type of meaningful travel, particularly if you do not have a set date to return to your home country.  The ambiguity of living abroad changes the way you consider your new digs and how you adapt to a new environment. The following tips about living abroad contain advice I frequently share with study abroad students but also include specific advice geared towards long-term visitors and expats. As someone who has lived abroad a few times and is currently living abroad right now, here are a few of my Do’s and Don’ts. Let Go of Your First Culture Don’t bring a suitcase full of your favorite granola bars with you to your new home.  The sooner you become comfortable with your new ‘granola bar substitute’ the better!  Clinging to your first culture doesn’t allow you to fully immerse into a new culture. Living Abroad is Different, But Not Better Remind yourself...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog, Change |

28 Ways to Create Joy Today (My 28th Birthday Wish List)

28 Ways to Create Joy Today (My 28th Birthday Wish List)

  It’s my 28th birthday today. Will you give me a great gift and help me spread some joy? Do one or more of the following 28 things. If you want, share what happened on The Traveling Advisor Facebook or message me. A week from today I’ll write a follow-up post about your stories and pledges! (Please tell me if you prefer to remain anonymous.) 1. Take a lesson and learn something new. (If you don’t know where to start, email me and I’ll give you a short list of free resources to help you get started!) 2. Write about a meaningful gift someone has given to you and share it online.  3.  Support a college student with a $10+ gift to study, volunteer, or teach abroad. 4. Invite a co-worker out to lunch and pay for it. 5. Take an hour to do something you love but haven’t made time for recently. You may be surprised how much more joy you can bring others when you take time to take care...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation |

A Traveler’s Fate: Acceptance of Ambiguity

A Traveler’s Fate: Acceptance of Ambiguity

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next….delicious ambiguity. ~Gilda Radnor Recently, against popular prediction, I decided to stick around rather than traveling or relocating this summer. I chronicled this in 34 Roommates Later, I’m Going it Alone and To Travel, Or Not To Travel…That is the (Existential) Question. I felt so pleased with myself. I had made the right decision. Then something crazy happened yesterday. My CEO and the Founder at Project Travel called me to tell me that we were invited to be a part of the first cohort of startups at a new  accelerator program in Northern Michigan. We needed to be there within a week. Is the universe trying to tell me something? It felt a little bit like the moment you let go of an ex and decide to move on and then s/he calls you and asks...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Change, Travel |

To Travel or Not To Travel: That is the (Existential) Question

To Travel or Not To Travel: That is the (Existential) Question

For the better part of the last 6 months, the question of whether or not to travel threw me into an existential crisis. When I say travel, I mean I was deciding to relocate somewhere far away (or maybe just continue spending a month or two here and there). Since joining the Project Travel team, I have been able to work from anywhere. I imagined my new life in Seattle, San Francisco, Boulder, or New York. Hadn’t I waited for this moment for a decade? Yet for the first time in memory, I felt paralyzed by this choice rather than excited by it. Was it possible that I wanted to…stay? As in, sign a lease, unpack boxes, and buy furniture?!?! I felt my priorities shifting. I felt my identity slipping. Panic-inducing questions flooded my psyche. If I stay, especially in a place I never thought I would live, does that mean I am settling down? Does it mean I am giving up my dream of location independence or that I will...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation |

34 Roommates Later, I’m Going It Alone

34 Roommates Later, I’m Going It Alone

I have two theories about how people can become more well-adjusted human beings. The first is that everyone should be required to work in the service industry for at least 6 months. Perhaps if all of our entitled and ambitious Millenials went to work serving in restaurants, waiting on retail customers, or cleaning up after people in any fashion we may be a more civilized nation on the whole. My second theory is that everyone should live with at least 5 people before living solo or living exclusively with a romantic partner. Few experiences test our character more than sharing space with the same person day in and day out.  I myself have lived under the same roof with 34 housemates in my nearly 28 years of life and what I know is living with others brings out the best and the worst of us. Like many people, I have my horror stories– the time during my sophomore year in college my ‘best-friend’ and roommate packed up her things, abandoned...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Change, Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Study Abroad, Travel |

How Beijing Gave Me An Iron Heart

How Beijing Gave Me An Iron Heart

I may have left my heart in San Francisco, but Beijing equipped me with a brand new one – made of iron. When I returned from my year-turned 6-month relocation to Beijing, people often asked me to choose and describe my favorite part of the experience. It’s such a completely expected and usual question, but I still found myself fumbling with how to answer. Filing through memories and experiences, and then bundling months of perspective into a single statement felt overwhelming. Faced with the question, it seemed I could do nothing more than shake my head, mouth gaping — I was speechless, and I was stumped. Initially, I considered the usual suspects: food, culture and activity. Memory after memory, I shuffled, trying to pinpoint the winner. But it wasn’t the steaming bamboo trays of jiaozi, though they were truly amazing. Once I spent nine hours in a moon-themed KTV room singing karaoke– that, too, was incredible but still not my favorite. Even waking up early to dance in the...

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