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Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

6 Tips To Budget for International Travel

6 Tips To Budget for International Travel

Creating an international budget can seem like a real headache. There’s foreign currencies, first-time costs, and a heap of unknowns to contend with. Where do you begin? Create a customized budget for your international journey by downloading the Guide on Creating a Budget for International Travel and completing steps 1-6. Step 1: Identify costs. Write down estimated fixed and variable costs for your international travel experience (or download the international budget and walk through step by step). A fixed cost is a set cost that is known in advance, like round trip airfare or international health insurance. Variable costs change, like food, souvenirs and ground transportation. If traveling through a university or organization, they will often provide a budget with both fixed and variable costs. However, be sure you understand what is and is not included in any pre-published budget. A ‘program fee’, for example, may say that it includes ‘some meals.’ That means you need to budget for the meals that are not included. Step 2: Research to...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Culture, Feature, International Education, Most Popular, technology and travel, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

6 Tips for Using Twitter for Travel

6 Tips for Using Twitter for Travel

In some ways, Twitter is the most customized, updated crowdsourced travel resource on the planet. You can create your own travel guide via Twitter with the steady supply of travel tips, photos, articles, and industry updates. The question is, how can you organize this constant barrage of information to make it an effective travel planning and travel conversation tool? Like any social media platform, it is easy to waste time on Twitter by getting sidetracked and overwhelmed with the volume and frequent delivery of content. While it is possible to view information on Twitter without having an account, users have access to the full functionality of the site and are able to participate in Twitter chats, create lists and favorite Tweets. 1. Use Travel Hashtags to Search or Post Specific Information Placing the almighty hashtag (#) in front of a search term, word, or category means that only tweets that contain that keyword will come up. If you are using Twitter for trip planning, search the region, country and...

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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 | 0 comments

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 Jan 29, 2013 in Culture, Feature, International Education, Interviews, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel, Travel Profiles, Volunteer Abroad | 0 comments

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary is an international service organization that has been sponsoring international exchanges since the 1940’s. The video above and the responses below are from Rotary scholars who are alumni of the Rotary High School Exchange (Shivaun and Ines), Ambassadorial Scholarship (Heather and Samantha), and Peace Fellowship (Chris). To learn more about Rotary and Rotary international exchanges, visit www.rotary.org. Why were you interested in studying in another country? Shivaun: Initially, when I signed up to be a youth ambassador with Rotary International, I didn’t know much about the rest of the World, but I knew I wanted to (part of me also didn’t want to be contained to my small Midwestern hometown anymore).  After being placed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for a year as a youth ambassador, I knew being interested in other cultures would always be an essential aspect of my life. Chris: It had been almost 10 years since my first experiences studying abroad as an undergraduate.  I was interested in having a graduate experience overseas, I...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel | 0 comments

Studying in the UK or Ireland on Scholarship

Studying in the UK or Ireland on Scholarship

Studying in the UK or Ireland is a pretty attractive prospect for current students, scholars, anglophiles, heritage students, and Harry Potter fans alike. There is something delightful about studying in a country where people speak your native tongue but in a surprisingly different fashion– it makes for reflections on the convergence and divergence of cultural, academic, and social norms and values. However, financing international opportunities is a big question for most and is even a make-it-or-break-it factor for some. The following scholarships and fellowships make study in the UK or Ireland possible for eligible candidates. Remember that scholarships and fellowships are only one component to funding international study and travel. For additional information on funding international studies and travel, see 9 Ways to Fund Travel and the Free Guide to Budgeting for International Travel. *Note: Some of the descriptions below have been copied and pasted directly from the scholarship provider’s websites. The George Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland, Graduate Studies) The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George...

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog, International Education, Teach Abroad, Travel, Work Abroad | 0 comments

Funded International Opportunities for Teachers

Funded International Opportunities for Teachers

Teachers, I know you are launching into the spring term, but think about how a funded international opportunity could reignite your career, passion for teaching, and love of travel? If you aren’t a teacher but know one, share the love and send it to them today (click one of those handy little buttons to your left!). Some of the descriptions of these opportunities are taken directly from the websites of the programs. Teachers for Global Classrooms The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board). In order to ensure that you receive up-to-date information regarding this professional development opportunity, please join our mailing list. The application is due March 4, 2013, so start your application! Fulbright Classroom...

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