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Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Study Abroad, technology and travel, Travel |

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

Social media provides dynamic spaces to share your study abroad story. That story begins the moment you decide to go and continues long after you return home. The idea is not to be glued to your computer all day but to thoughtfully use social media to engage your community throughout your study abroad experience.  1. Curate Your Study Abroad Story Curation means carefully choosing, creating, and sharing visually or conceptually interesting content via a distribution outlet, in this case, social media. People gravitate towards content that conveys particular themes, messages, or moods but tend to ignore an information dump. (A classic example of an info-dump is the rambling travelogue…. “Then I did this and went here and saw this and met so and so.”) Try one of the following or come up with your own idea (and share it with us below in the comments!) Take a photograph every day of a part of your daily routine (ie taking a bus to class, going to market, etc.) and put it...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Blog, Change, Culture, technology and travel, Travel |

Geared Up and Geeked Out: Thoughts on Travel and Technology

Geared Up and Geeked Out: Thoughts on Travel and Technology

“They don’t look out the window,” said a crest-fallen mother referring to 21st century children on car rides. I think back to the days when my two sisters and I occupied ourselves on long drives by staring out the window, playing games, and reading. On one particular vacation, we drove the entire way from Georgia to Pennsylvania in the back of my dad’s pickup truck entertaining our friend’s former pet skunk Stinky. Sidenote: if you ever want some guaranteed fun, take a skunk on a leash for a potty break at rest stops on I95. To what extent has technology changed how we travel? What are we losing and gaining by being geared up and geeked out on our journey? Technology has changed nearly every aspect of travel– the way we plan travel, book transportation and housing, keep in contact with home, manage our finances,  record our memories, and reflect on our experiences. In other words, technology has changed how we travel but it has not changed why we...

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

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 |

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 Feb 6, 2013 in Blog, Change, Culture, technology and travel, Travel |

February is Technology and Travel Month

February is Technology and Travel Month

February is technology and travel month here at The Traveling Advisor. That means that we will be taking a closer look at the following: Travel websites, networks, and blogs Social Media and Travel Online learning with a global or multi-cultural focus Apps and Tech Travel Tips Travel photography and gear For most of us, technology has changed the way we live and even think (when was the last time you felt anxiety about remembering something if you knew your smartphone could pull up the answer in an instant?). It is also changing the way we learn about ourselves, others, and the world. Naturally, these changes present some new and interesting questions. Which is more beneficial (or when are the following beneficial), being ‘plugged in’ or ‘unplugged’ while traveling? How has technology changed the way we travel or even why we travel? Has social media and online communities enhanced or deepened our knowledge of ourselves and others or has it merely created the illusion of deeper connections? Join me this...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog, International Education, Interviews, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Interview with Travel720 (Now Project Travel)

Interview with Travel720 (Now Project Travel)

Jennifer Thomas, founder of Project Travel, (Formerly travel720), meets with The Traveling Advisor from Chicago, Illinois via Skype. She shares about the upcoming launch and how her website helps participants of international programs raise money to study, intern, volunteer, or teach English abroad and invite others to share in their journey. Since the original recording of this interview, travel720 changed their name to become Project Travel and I have officially joined the Project Travel team.  What is travel720? We are building an online fundraising community for program participants who want to study, volunteer, teach or go on service trips or people who want to engage in an educational travel experience. We felt it was really important to design a site with a community in mind and making sure it was something you could enjoy sharing with your family and friends. The moment you say “I will travel” that’s the time that your journey starts. It takes away a little bit of the stress from raising money but also makes...

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