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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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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 9, 2013 in Blog, International Education, Teach Abroad, Travel, Work Abroad |

Funded International Opportunities for Teachers

Funded International Opportunities for Teachers

Teachers, I know you are launching into the spring term, but think about how a funded international opportunity could reignite your career, passion for teaching, and love of travel? If you aren’t a teacher but know one, share the love and send it to them today (click one of those handy little buttons to your left!). Some of the descriptions of these opportunities are taken directly from the websites of the programs. Teachers for Global Classrooms The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board). In order to ensure that you receive up-to-date information regarding this professional development opportunity, please join our mailing list. The application is due March 4, 2013, so start your application! Fulbright Classroom...

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