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Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog, Change, Travel |

Do I Travel to Escape?

Do I Travel to Escape?

—I had to come home, he said. —How long were you gone? I asked. —6 months of constant travel. Long enough to get to the point where anywhere was okay. Do you know what I mean? he asked staring me in the eye. I did know what he meant. I do know what he means. Travelers escape through their familiar atmosphere to become satellites, orbits in a night sky — observing and participating from a distance.  —It’s scary stuff, he said and then retracted from the conversation to curl up into a memory. In this brief pause, an argument of defense welled up from my cherished memories on the road. But the conversation changed as quickly as it began and the moment was gone. I thought about what he said and how he challenged not only my sentiments about travel but also the trajectory of my life. Am I close to a dangerous detachment? Is this travel as a lifestyle, this perpetual suspension an escape, excuse, or cop out? Yes/No. It is...

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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 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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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Culture, Travel |

Mosquito Paradise

Mosquito Paradise

We thought we were clever to save money by booking an overnight train from Athens to Thessaloniki. The harsh glare of buzzing lights, the sweaty Greek man snoring loudly beside me, and the smell of unwashed bodies added dramatic effect to this adventure I was on with my two friends, E and Oksana. We exchanged amused glances with each other that said we’d laugh about it all later. Credit card denied. Cash only. Combined, the three of us only had enough Euro for one ticket to Istanbul and the closest ATM was down the street. We set out into driving rain, preoccupied by the fact that our backpacks were not waterproof. E proposed we play The Glad Game, a competition to see who could come up with the best reason to be thankful or ‘glad’ about our circumstances. After a few feeble attempts fell flat, we gave in to exhaustion and irritation we felt and returned to buy our train tickets in silence. This train is sold out. The woman directly...

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