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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Culture, Feature, Guest Post, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Work Abroad |

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

Making the Most of Teaching English in Thailand

This is a guest post by Robert Oakden. See his profile below! Congratulations on deciding to explore the world! Thailand is a truly stunning country, with a fascinating culture and friendly population – not to mention the weather. In fact, we’re starting to get a little jealous of your adventure – can we come too? Spending a year teaching abroad isn’t the same simply traveling. There are similar perks, but being a TEFL teacher is a job and possibly the start of a career. So before you pack us into your suitcase, here are some tips on how to make the most of your time teaching abroad. Get qualified Strictly speaking, it is possible to get a teaching job without a certification, however, a TEFL qualification is a fantastic way to learn the trade and it will certainly make getting a position easier. There are plenty of online courses to choose from that you can complete in your own time over the course of around six months, or you can opt to complete an...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog, Feature, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

How to Choose an International Program

How to Choose an International Program

During my time as a study abroad advisor, I was frequently asked the question, Which program is better? There are no “right” or “wrong” choices when choosing an international program*, only different outcomes and consequences. Ask these 10 questions to determine which international program is right for you. *Choose an international program through a reputable organization that offers international programs! If you don’t know any reputable programs, check out GoAbroad.com or GoOverseas.com. 1. Why am I traveling?  Write down every reason you can think of as to why you are interested in traveling, studying, working, or volunteering abroad. Maybe you want to see a new place, learn a new language, or know what it is like to live outside of the country. This is good, keep going. Are you trying to accomplish something through traveling that you cannot accomplish at home? Was there a particular moment, conversation, person, or idea that inspired you to pursue an international opportunity? What are your goals? Are you trying to get away from something...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Travel, Travel Planning |

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

  Most people come to New York and spend all their time beneath the skyscrapers of Manhattan without realizing that magnificent outdoor scenes and vibrant towns lie just north of “the City” (a New Yorkers shorthand for “New York City”). Check out these three day trips in the Hudson Valley for a dose of fresh mountain air, trails, waterfalls, rivers, and local food, wine and cocktails. Day Trip from New York City: The Wine & Whiskey Trail Historic Gristmill & Restaurant Micro-batch distillery Two locally-owned wineries with mountain and farm views Dinner in town owned by New York City Chefs See more of the Wine & Whiskey Trail Travel Itinerary. Day Trip from New York City: Heights of the Hudson Valley (Bridges & Ridges) Secluded mountaintop resort in a Victorian Castle style The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world Sky Top Tower with a view of 6 US States Farm to Table Food See more of the Heights of the Hudson Valley: Bridges & Ridges Travel Itinerary.  Day...

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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 28, 2013 in Blog, Feature, Travel, Travel Planning |

How To Plan for Spontaneity in Travel

How To Plan for Spontaneity in Travel

The art of planning for spontaneity in travel does not mean simply ‘planning’ to not plan. That is called ‘winging it’ and while winging it may work for the ultra-experienced or super laid-back traveler, this approach spectacularly fails for the average person. The goal of planning for spontaneity is to reduce hassle and stress while also enjoying a bit of whimsy while traveling. Teenagers have this skill down to a science. On a Thursday, they survey their possible social options for Friday night and plan to do A if B doesn’t work out or C doesn’t call. However, they will abandon A, B and C in a hot second if D comes along and offers something more exciting. The lesson here is plan but don’t always commit. Here is how you do it. Step One: Reflect on the purpose of the experience.(What do I hope to get out of this experience? What are my goals, challenges, fears, and interests?) Step Two: Decide on the basics. (Where do I want to...

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

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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