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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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Stephen

Saturday 14th of March 2015

I love this article! Thanks for giving a beginner somewhere to begin. I really dream of travelling all over, teaching and learning from teachers and students across the globe. I then want to come back to the states so I can set up programs to send other eager educators to the same places, so they can create their own experiences to bring back to their stateside classrooms. Any suggestions, tips, or thoughts for me...anyone?

Lillie

Monday 16th of March 2015

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and glad this resonated! My other site, www.TeachingTraveling.com has hundreds of stories of teacher-travelers like yourself, and how they combined their passions. Feel free to browse around over there and connect with those interviewees. Best of luck!

Benjamin

Friday 10th of June 2011

I think what you are doing here is an excellent idea. It gives teachers a chance to spread their knowledge to students all over the world.

Diani

Monday 23rd of May 2011

I am one of those people who dream of traveling my whole life. Its something I have to accomplish in life, and this article really brought some ideas into mind. I am also reaaly looking forward to the trip to China.

Rachel Yee

Wednesday 4th of May 2011

This is my favorite article so far! It sounds amazing how you're actually reaching out and networking with other trying to help them experience, what you have. You are a great public speaker and I bet if you got an offer just to do this type of job, you'd be phenomenal doing it!

Mohamed Abdelrahim

Thursday 28th of April 2011

In the first paragraph you stated the word "time" twice. I like how teachers get to travel for free.

Lillie

Thursday 28th of April 2011

Great eye! Just fixed it. Thanks for the editing help! :)

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