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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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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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Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blog, Free Resources, Road Trip USA, Travel, Travel Planning |

Packing Like a Pro

Packing Like a Pro

Even for the veteran traveler, packing is a challenge. The ratio of what I want to take vs. what I know I can take is probably about 5:1, especially now that airlines are charging premiums for checked baggage. Some general tips: Take about half of what you lay out to take, bring one more pair of underwear than you think you need, and pack without a list at your own peril! My top 5 travel gear items for the budget traveler… Hanging bathroom organizer. I am at the duck-tape stage with the Victoria’s Secret hanging bathroom organizer my mom got for me almost 7 years ago. It has been all over the world with me and I have never found its match. On my flight from Colombia to Washington, DC. it saved my suitcase and wardrobe from an attack of bright red nail polish, which stayed mercifully self-contained in one of the pockets above. Backpacker’s backpack. To me, there is simply no contest between suitcase vs. backpack when one...

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