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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 Jan 6, 2013 in Feature, Most Popular, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Work Abroad |

Nine Ways to Fund Travel

Nine Ways to Fund Travel

I hear so many people say, “Oh I wish I could travel” without realizing that most people actually can. Travel requires an investment of time, money and energy, but so does buying a new car or throwing a party. Most of the nine topics below will be covered in-depth in the coming weeks, but what better time to start thinking about funding travel than the new year? Crowdfund (Fundraise) Crowdfunding travel puts a new spin on an old concept (fundraising) and gives anyone who wants to travel with a purpose a new tool to garner support (financial and otherwise) from their community and social networks. Travel crowdfunding websites like Project Travel, Fund My Travel, and Volunteer Forever are available to anyone who wants to travel to study, intern, volunteer, or teach. More general crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo allow you to crowdfund even a vacation or personal journey. Check out these travel crowdfunding websites, read the FAQs, and set up a travel campaign page to get started. Tip! Most of...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Blog, Travel Planning |

January’s Theme is Funding Travel

January’s Theme is Funding Travel

How do I pay for my travels? It seems to me that there is a bit of a gap in the information. Most travel bloggers offer their audience useful strategies for earning money while traveling or how to restructure life to enable a travel lifestyle, but they do not often explore options for students or professionals who do not wish to quit their job or studies to travel. On the flipside, in the higher education world, the conversation mostly revolves around helping students appy financial aid and scholarships to fund study abroad experiences. Very few in either camp have taken a more holistic approach to include good financial planning and community resources as a precursor to any funding approach. Additionally, there are so many great organizations that offer funded and meaningful travel experiences for students, graduates, and professionals! These options should be more widely known. For this reason, The Traveling Advisor is starting out 2013 by tackling this question. Here is what you have to look forward to in...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Blog, Change, Guest Post, Travel Planning |

The Unspoken Benefits of the College Search Process

The Unspoken Benefits of the College Search Process

For so many families, the college search process is seen merely as a means to an end. It may not be verbalized, but I have often observed that the sentiment is “let’s get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible, so we can move on”, especially among parents.  There’s not much reflection on the effect of each step of the process. Granted, most college-bound students today are extremely pressed for time. It’s no wonder a teen can seem overwhelmed with a tough academic course load, extra-curricular activities, community service, test prep, college applications, and possibly a job!  For parents, the college search adds one more commitment to an already over-extended schedule of activities and responsibilities. In spite of this, I would urge parents to take a step back and remember why they and their teen have decided to embark on this journey.  By doing so, the process in and of itself can be more rewarding. Let’s say for example, that you and your teen have developed an initial...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Culture, Most Popular, Road Trip USA, Travel, Travel Planning |

Staying with Strangers: Hostels, CouchSurfing, AirBnB, StartUpStay, and More

Staying with Strangers: Hostels, CouchSurfing, AirBnB, StartUpStay, and More

Would you stay with a stranger instead of at a hotel? Would you host a stranger from another part of the country or world? I have many times with varying results. I’ve hosted German au pairs in Northern Ireland and camped out in Venice, Italy with two travelers from California. A friend and I stayed with an Austrian woman and shared stories about life while passing around a ram’s horn filled with Drachenblut (a specialty wine called Dragon’s Blood…and yes, there is more to that story). By coincidence, I recently stayed with ordained ministers in Pennsylvania and Nebraska discussing politics, religion, education, human rights, and volunteer work. Comfort vs. Connection I stay with strangers because sometimes I need a place to stay. I also enjoy interesting encounters and am open to nontraditional housing as a part of my travel experience. Here are just three examples of what I would have missed if I stayed in a hotel: dancing a tango in the gardens of the Art Institute of Chicago,...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Free Guide to Creating a Budget for International Travel

Free Guide to Creating a Budget for International Travel

Creating an international budget can seem like a real headache. With foreign currencies, first-time costs, and a heap of unknowns to contend with, where to begin? This guide will walk you through step by step to help you plan ahead and do your homework to understand your fixed and estimated costs. Click here to download this guide. If you are planning to travel and have questions, please feel free to contact The Traveling Advisor!...

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