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Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Relocation, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Discover Your Travel Goals, Expectations, & Fears

Discover Your Travel Goals, Expectations, & Fears

Travel planning is an important part of any travel experience, even for spontaneous types. Many people have the desire to travel but struggle to know where to get good information, who to ask for advice, and how to ask the right questions. Start the journey by gauging your own travel goals, expectations, and fears. At the end, you will have an option to follow up with The Traveling Advisor if you wish. If not, use this as an opportunity to get a better pulse on your travel...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Culture, Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Travel websites are as common these days as hidden airline fees. How do you decide which ones to visit? I have selected my favorite travel website and shared them with you here. In order to land a spot in my top travel website list, I asked myself the following four questions: Does this website help me plan for my travels? Does this website challenge me to think about how or why I travel? Does this website connect me to interesting people, ideas, images, and places? Does this website appeal to me in general? Two tips on finding your own favorite travel websites; Don’t waste time on outdated sites or websites that try to sell you something every 30 seconds. On the other hand, sometimes it is worth paying experts or professionals to help you with a particular aspect of your journey. Click away and happy travels through the web! Best Overall Travel Website and Network: Matador Network What I like most about Matador Network is the excellent writing. This...

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blog, Free Resources, Road Trip USA, Travel, Travel Planning |

Packing Like a Pro

Packing Like a Pro

Even for the veteran traveler, packing is a challenge. The ratio of what I want to take vs. what I know I can take is probably about 5:1, especially now that airlines are charging premiums for checked baggage. Some general tips: Take about half of what you lay out to take, bring one more pair of underwear than you think you need, and pack without a list at your own peril! My top 5 travel gear items for the budget traveler… Hanging bathroom organizer. I am at the duck-tape stage with the Victoria’s Secret hanging bathroom organizer my mom got for me almost 7 years ago. It has been all over the world with me and I have never found its match. On my flight from Colombia to Washington, DC. it saved my suitcase and wardrobe from an attack of bright red nail polish, which stayed mercifully self-contained in one of the pockets above. Backpacker’s backpack. To me, there is simply no contest between suitcase vs. backpack when one...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Free Resources, Study Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning |

Creating an Itinerary: A work of Art, Science and Luck

Creating an Itinerary: A work of Art, Science and Luck

Planning an itinerary is like directing an orchestra, brewing a beer, or cooking a dish to perfection. Like artwork or science,  building it requires knowledge, precision, and a measure of luck. Additionally, the process of creating a masterpiece can be tedious at times as well as exciting. Most people enjoy dreaming of a travel experience but chafe at the idea of creating a framework for their journey, in other words, crafting the itinerary. They prefer not to spend hours making contacts, trolling through travel blogs, websites and guidebooks, checking reviews, and booking the logistics while contending with different timezones, currencies, and seasons. Luckily for the planning-shy, there are people who do enjoy travel planning! (eh hem…shameless plug for The Traveling Advisor). There are also travel planning websites like Unanchor, Spotted by Locals, SideTour, Tripzaar, and TripIt with local itineraries or planning tools. However, for those who love to plan and have time and patience, building an itinerary can be one of the most rewarding parts of the travel experience. Why? Because time...

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