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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Guest Post, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel |

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

This is a guest post by Victoria Mita, Director of FundMyTravel. See her full bio at the end of her guest post! I’m not rich but I studied abroad. So can you, if you really want to! My family raised me with an interest in different cultures. My grandmother sent me to a French Language camp every summer and I was brought up with the attitude that if you want something enough you can put in the time and effort to make it happen. For most people, the question is no longer whether or not you can study abroad but where to find the funding? How badly do you want to study abroad? If you’re willing to make the commitment to yourself to see this thing through, there are many resources available for you. I’d like to make a case for fundraising, scholarships, and financial aid. Old School Fundraising Fundraising has been around for ages for good reason. It is an effective, efficient and beneficial way to raise funds and create...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog, Travel |

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

Smitten with the Mitten: Highlights from Northern Michigan

After eight weeks in Northern Michigan, I too am ‘smitten with the mitten’! What’s not to love about fresh-picked cherries, wooded trails, and stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan? I went to Harbor Springs for work but found a few adventures along the way. I’ll tell you where Harbor Springs is. Take your right hand and turn it towards you so your palm is facing you. Your hand makes the shape of lower Michigan. Harbor Springs is located at the top of your ring finger. Yeah, it’s up there. “What the water wants is hurricanes and sailboats to ride on it’s back.” ~Sufjan Stevens Life in Harbor Springs is shaped by Lake Michigan. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing! Speaking of fish… I wrangled in a 25 lb King Salmon. I cooked it in lemon, butter and pepper and served it with fresh broccoli from my host’s garden. Talk about eating local! Every Wednesday and Saturday I looked forward to the farmer’s market in Harbor Springs. With a scone from My...

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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 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 Jul 5, 2013 in Guest Post, International Education, Teach Abroad, Travel |

Teaching English Abroad: Convincing Your Parents, Loved Ones & Friends

Teaching English Abroad: Convincing Your Parents, Loved Ones & Friends

A school year in most countries lasts 8-9 months. If you decide that teaching English abroad in a foreign country is for you, you should expect to spend this much time away from home, friends, and family. This certainly isn’t an easy decision to make under any circumstances. However by having the proper mindset, you can effectively convince not only your friends and family, but yourself as well, that this is the right decision. Here are the top three selling points you can use to convince your family and friends that teaching abroad is the right decision: 1) Personal Growth/Development  It isn’t easy to grow up. Having a job and making your own life choices can be a very liberating and rewarding experience, but it can also be tough. Going abroad alone is one of the most effective ways to jumpstart the transition towards adulthood. If the opportunity (and the destination) is right, go for it. At the very least, teaching abroad will allow you to find out who you are and what you want out of life....

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Change, Travel |

To Travel or Not To Travel: That is the (Existential) Question

To Travel or Not To Travel: That is the (Existential) Question

For the better part of the last 6 months, the question of whether or not to travel threw me into an existential crisis. When I say travel, I mean I was deciding to relocate somewhere far away (or maybe just continue spending a month or two here and there). Since joining the Project Travel team, I have been able to work from anywhere. I imagined my new life in Seattle, San Francisco, Boulder, or New York. Hadn’t I waited for this moment for a decade? Yet for the first time in memory, I felt paralyzed by this choice rather than excited by it. Was it possible that I wanted to…stay? As in, sign a lease, unpack boxes, and buy furniture?!?! I felt my priorities shifting. I felt my identity slipping. Panic-inducing questions flooded my psyche. If I stay, especially in a place I never thought I would live, does that mean I am settling down? Does it mean I am giving up my dream of location independence or that I will...

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