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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Change, Feature, Relocation |

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

So Long 2013! You Kicked Me Right in the Pants and for that, I Thank You.

2013 gave me two choices– expand or break. It was an exhilarating, frustrating, exhausting year and I’ve never grown so quickly personally or professionally in just 365 days. I lived in four different states, become co-founder of a startup company, and made Boulder, CO home. Here are the highlights! Living in 4 Different States. For the better part of 2013 I didn’t know where I lived, at least, I didn’t where my ‘real’ home was. It’s a struggle for all nomadic souls. Chicago, Illinois In early 2013, I packed my bags and headed to the Windy City to work with the Project Travel team for 8 weeks. I fell in love with Chicago’s architecture, L Train, museums, and big-city bustle. I realized, however, that I wouldn’t ever choose to live in a big city long-term. After years questioning whether or not I could hack it in Manhattan, London, or Chicago the answer was right there in front of me–I need quiet, natural and untamed spaces, trails, sea or rock faces nearby....

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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 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 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 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 Mar 15, 2013 in Blog, Change, Relocation, Travel |

I Don’t Know Where I “Live”

I Don’t Know Where I “Live”

Where do I live? I don’t know. I could launch into a lengthy response, but I might bore you or make you think that I’m showing off. So I opt for simplicity and choose a response based on one of the following: Where are the majority of my material possessions located right now? Where do my online accounts say my permanent address is right now? Where have I spent the majority of my time in the last month? If you asked me where I live in the past year, I may have told you New York, Colombia, Pennsylvania, or Chicago. If you continue to engage me a bit further, you may find out more details, come to your own conclusion and correct me. Oh, so you really live in [fill in the blank]. I didn’t mean to deceive you. I just didn’t know your criteria for belonging to a place. Yet, I suppose you will be right. After all, you aren’t the one confused about whether or not you ‘live”...

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