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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 | 0 comments

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 22, 2013 in Blog, Change, Culture, Guest Post, Relocation, Study Abroad, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad | 0 comments

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 Mar 28, 2013 in Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Relocation, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad | 0 comments

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 4, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

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 Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Culture, Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad | 0 comments

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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