Jun 042011
 
Short Term Classes: A Perfect Launch for Your Travels

Are you yearning to travel, but are fearful of the vast unknown?

Here’s a solution: start your journey with a two to eight-week class in the country from which you’d like to launch your travels.

Why? By starting your travels with a local class, you can get your feet under you in a new place. The moment you arrive, you will have directions or pick-up from the airport, housing, a group of new [...Read More!]

May 302011
 
The Power of One Cheesy 80s Song During World Travel

One of the few songs I had on my small, cheap computer to travel around the world for 9 months was “Rains Down in Africa” by Toto, so you can imagine how many times I listened to it.

There are some songs that, while cheese-tastic, evoke a magical glitter in the air, and for me, Toto’s “Africa” is sure one of them.

So last Thursday, standing under the soaring dome and 100-foot arches [...Read More!]
May 212011
 
Scary Sandboarding Down Giant Sand Dunes in Peru

Perhaps you’ve heard of snowboarding, and perhaps you’ve heard of surfboarding. Both activities are adrenaline-filled and frequently televised… but neither can match the feeling of sand in your underpants that you gain from a little activity known as SANDboarding.

Several summers ago, I lived in Peru and volunteer-taught with my Boston teacher friend, Gareth, in the fish factory town of Chimbote. We lived with the family that owned the school, and got along [...Read More!]

May 122011
 
What's Changed, 1 Year After Returning from RTW Travel?

Exactly a year ago today, I returned back to America after nine straight months traveling around the world.

What a change a year makes! My life now is unrecognizable from 365 days ago… and it’s an inspiring reminder of how we never have to be stuck!

On May 12, 2010, I flew from Madrid back to Boston with no secure job, no apartment of my own, a fragmented social scene, and a small [...Read More!]

May 082011
 
Gotta Know the Housing Costs of a Place Before Travel!

It was New Year’s Eve of 2008, the sun was setting on the gorgeous paradise island of Aruba, and my friend and I were… homeless.

We’d made a dreadful miscalculation.

Marleny and I are experienced travelers throughout Latin America, but in the rush of planning for our Aruba trip, the euphoria of getting such a cheap flight, and the thrill of seeing all the “Aruba: 10,000 Friends You Haven’t Met Yet!” ads on [...Read More!]

Apr 132011
 
Big News About "Meet, Plan, Go!" Travel Conference 2011

“Hey Lillie,” said Sherry by Skype yesterday, “I met someone last month in Sri Lanka who knows you!”

“What?!” I gasped?

“Right!” Sherry laughed. “This guy, Brooks, is out traveling the world now because of your “Meet, Plan, Go!” 2010 Boston career-break travel conference!”

I almost swooned from happiness. Last year when Sherry Ott and Michaela Potter founded the “Meet, Plan, Go!” extended travel movement and asked me to coordinate the Boston chapter of the [...Read More!]

Apr 112011
 
100 Different Ways to Finally Start Traveling!

Sometimes we nearly faint from despair, thinking, “I can never travel, because I don’t have enough time, or money, or opportunities!” …But that’s simply not true!

On March 31, 2011, in glorious Boston, I coordinated Teaching Traveling Inspiration Night, which aimed to help more teachers fulfill their travel dreams, thus transforming our world’s educational system through renewed energy, resources, and connections. Over 100 participants learned that night a whole new set of [...Read More!]

Mar 292011
 
The N-Word We Should Explicitly Teach to Our Students

“What’s that “N” word we were talking about last week?” I asked my students today.

“Networking!” shouted a flock simultaneously.

“Right!” I exclaimed, thrilled at how well the ongoing training was progressing. “And what does ‘Networking’ mean?”

“Meeting other people to connect ideas and opportunities,” one 8th grader offered. “Seeing how you can help someone with their project and goals,” added another, “and how they can help you on yours.” I nearly fainted in happiness. My Campaign [...Read More!]

Mar 182011
 
Why Liminal, In-between Spaces Between Cities are Great

I’m on the train now, zipping southward from Boston, driving the passenger next to me crazy by snapping photo after photo out the window.

Sorry, sir, but the light is golden-perfect, and these photos are going to illustrate something I’ve been longing to sing to the world for a long time: the liminal spaces between cities are AMAZING!

A “liminal space” is defined as the threshold between two places, states of being, or [...Read More!]

Mar 092011
 
Join This Discussion to Uncover the Heart of Bullying!

This article is dedicated to the 150 eighth and tenth grade Boston Public Schools students I have the pleasure of teaching this year.

I figure the odds are pretty good that some of my sweet students sometimes experience the stress that comes with the middle and high school social scene… and so it’s time at last to start unearthing the photos and stories of my OWN skinny self in 8th grade, to [...Read More!]