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100 Different Ways to Finally Start Traveling!

Teacher-Travelers at Teaching Traveling Night!

Teacher-Travelers at Teaching Traveling Night on 3/31/11!

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 ways to see the world.

Now, even if you’re not a teacher, if you dream of travel, check out the following handout from Teaching Traveling Night, which is a broad overview of the gabillion permutations to actually create and act upon your travel dreams. If you are ever feeling stuck about how to get your rear onto a plane seat, take a breath of excitement and browse through these:

100 DIFFERENT WAYS TO TRAVEL! (Which ones appeal to YOU?)

Aspiring Teacher-Travelers gather handouts!

Aspiring Teacher-Travelers gather travel resource handouts!

A.) Time frame:

  • Short-Term (Long weekend, 1 or 2 week vacation, Summer vacation)
  • Long Term (“Career-Break” Travel for several months or longer)

B.) Level of Structure:

  • Structured tour package (EF Tours, GEEO, GAP Adventures, STA Travel Packages, etc.)
  • Structured small volunteer group (Limitless Horizons Ixil Guatemala, Mariposa DR Foundation, etc.)
  • Structured Teach Abroad placement service (WorldTeach, Reach to Teach, GO!Overseas, Fulbright Exchange, etc.)
  • Get funded to put together your own program (Fund for Teachers, etc.)
  • Put it together yourself! (Meet Plan Go, Couchsurfing.org, Guidebooks, Net research, local classes or volunteer opportunities, following other tourists, STA flights, Facebook/Twitter friends of friends.)
Over 100 people came to Boston Teaching Traveling Night!

Over 100 people came to Boston Teaching Traveling Night!

C.) Who With?

  • Alone (though you always meet people along the way!)
  • With family
  • With a friend or five
  • With a group of coworkers or folks in the same field
  • With students

D.) Activities:

  • Tourism/Leisure (sightseeing, tours, relaxing on a beach or in the mountains!)
  • Volunteering (teaching, environmental help, consulting, etc.)
  • Working (teaching English, food service, Au Pair, writing, odd jobs, etc.)
Attendees won prizes! Supplies and $50 travel vouchers!

Attendees won prizes! Supplies and $50 travel vouchers!

E.) Location:

  • On the tourist trail (many foreigners around)
  • Off the tourist trail (mostly locals around)
  • Big city
  • Medium-sized town
  • Small town/Rural Village
  • Mountains
  • Sea-side
  • Lake or river-side
  • Inland
Wonderful Teaching Traveling Night attendees!

Wonderful Teaching Traveling Night attendees.

  • Hot, tropical climate
  • Temperate climate
  • Colder climate

F.) Housing:

  • Hotel
  • Volunteer/worker communal house
  • Homestay
  • Couchsurfing
  • Budget Hostel
Hooray for making travel dreams come true!

Hooray for making travel dreams come true!

  • House rental or swap
  • Tent, etc…

G.) Money Spent:

  • Splurge
  • Medium Price
  • Budget Travel (which can be luxurious, too, honestly!)

So do you see now? The travel world is your oyster! Whatever you dream about connecting with the world, it CAN be achieved.

What are your thoughts now, after reading this giant list? Which permutations have you already tried, and which do you now want to try? What else would you like to add? We eagerly await your comments.

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