| Since 1977, Transitions Abroad—first
as a travel
magazine, now as a travel
webzine—has been the leader in providing
practical information and inspiration for those wishing
to travel abroad while seeking greater understanding
of other cultures through direct participation in
the daily life of the host community.
We emphasize cultural immersion
and educational travel abroad while offering the
finest selection of Articles, Programs,
Articles on Travel Abroad
Immersion Travel: Learning by Experiencing by
Dr. Jessica Voigts
How to practice the type of educational travel that
motivates many fascinating explorers and writers currently
||Budget Vacation Rental Apartments in Europe with Local Hospitality by
Staying in vacation rentals in Europe is
an inexpensive and immersive way to travel
while also enjoying local hospitality.
Making in Northern Italy: A Journey to Learn
a Traditional Culinary Art by Jeff
A journey to Northern Italy is highlighted by two
unique experiences where the author learns how to
make two different types of pasta by hand, in the
traditional manner, at two different cooking schools.
by Cargo Ship Around the World by
Imagine for a moment that you are on the deck of a
ship, sipping a glass of wine. You turn your head
towards the water just in time to spot a pod of dolphins
swimming by. After lingering in the sunshine for a
while, it's time to head inside for a 3-course evening
meal and a splash in the pool before retiring to bed.
Now, what kind of vessel are you on?
Hadzabe of Tanzania: Visiting My Own Ancestors by
James Michael Dorsey
How often are you allowed into a clan who live as
did early humanity, able to observe and even asked
to participate in primordial rituals that represent
the essence of our existence? The author describes
the experience vividly.
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Along Yunnan’s
Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road by
Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
A beautifully-illustrated voyage deep into the diverse
Yunnan tea and horse caravan road in China leads to
a plethora of interesting rituals and experiences
with the many local subcultures.
Picking and Traditional Cooking in Hidden Andalucía by
In Southern Spain, the magical region of Andalucia
offers options such as working on the olive harvest,
learning to taste and distinguish the olive oils,
while enjoying traditional cooking.
Accommodation in Italy: More Privacy than a
B&B, More Authenticity than a Hotel by
Amy E. Robertson
...Albergo diffuso means “scattered” or “spread-out” hotel.
There is typically a central reception office, while
rooms or apartments are spread out across town, placing
tourists next door to local residents. Breakfast might
be at a local café or delivered to the door of your
lodging. With more privacy than a B&B, and more independence
than a typical hotel, alberghi diffusi are
accommodations that immerse visitors in the local
Ways to Experience a Culture Authentically While
Traveling by Jonathon Engels
For many fellow travelers, “experiencing another culture,” means
something far different from visiting museums, archeological
ruins, and national monuments.
Treats in Istanbul: Food by Foot by
A culinary tour of the many and varied street foods
in Istanbul turns into a feast without end among very
Ultimate Guide to Authentic Eating in Mexico
The author has literally eaten his way across Mexico,
and describes many of the wide variety of delicious
national and regional dishes to be enjoyed, including
where to find the most authentic food.
Travel in Mexico and Central America
Travel in South America,
Travel in Asia, and
Travel in the New Eastern Europe are
part of a series of articles by author Tim Leffel
on regional options for a richer form of travel on
Travel Insurance: Why You Need It and When You
Don't by Nora Dunn
An author and very experienced traveler provides a
practical no-nonsense guide on how to select the best
overseas travel insurance coverage, emphasizing why
you may or may not need such paid security.
Taste of Daily Life in Cuba’s Casas Particulares (Bed
and Breakfasts) by Lies Ouwerkerk
Wandering through Cuba via its network of casas,
you can experience the incredible resiliance of the
hospitable Cuban people and the richness of their
culture, despite all that stands in their way.
Around the Greek Islands on a Budget by
...Fortunately, journeying in the land of heroism
does not require an unlimited bank account. The tried
and true way of traveling—taking the ferry—is an economical
option with advantages over luxury routes. Ferries
move slowly, allowing travelers to gaze at islands
along the way and to talk with locals...
|Transitions Abroad has
gathered a rich and varied selection of articles by
experts on various modes of travel abroad to participant
reports by travelers coming from all walks of life
who share a desire for discovery of the fascinating
world about them. Whether seeking the new abroad or
wishing to slow down and appreciate the people, culture,
and locations they have long wished to visit, the
following sections are full of articles and resources
which should provide you with ideas to make it happen.
Narrative Travel Writing Contest
has published the 2014 Narrative Travel Writing
Contest winners, and invites you to enter its 2015
Narrative Travel Writing Contest with
a $500 first-place prize and no fee for entry.
Browse the many fine travel writing winners
of past contests covering themes of all kinds.
Travel Abroad Programs
Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience
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You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the
local culture and yourself while working side-by-side
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GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit
the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks adventure
and new experiences around the globe. Be it training
as a safari field guide in South Africa, teaching
English in Laos, or diving as part of a marine research
team in the Indian Ocean, you will find a huge range
of exciting opportunities with GVI. Visit our website
for further details
|| Diverbo's "Pueblo
Ingles" — Discover Spain in an English
Pueblo Ingles has been described as an inspiring cultural
adventure, an enriching personal journey, and a unique,
human experience. Each week twenty Native English
speakers are sponsored to stay in a beautiful, picturesque
4-star resort in Spain so they can converse with Spanish
professionals who want to improve their English. Accommodation,
food and wine are provided in exchange for your conversation.
It's a unique and enjoyable experience and the best
way to learn about Spain if you don't speak the local
Women's Travel Group: Smart Tours for Smart
We offer "smart" group tours for women.
Itineraries about the country, the culture and the
people, not about free time, cooking or shopping.
You experience country highlights as well as less
visited gems + some exotic destinations. We hire speakers,
always add museum visits, and include UNESCO Heritage
Sites. Groups are small. Tours are inclusive with
few options. Shares and Singles are available.
Find a variety of programs and tours—covering
all budgets and ages—for small group travel
which allows intimate contact with the land, peoples,
and cultures being visited.
Resources for Travel Abroad
| We have compiled extensive
resources, articles, and participant reports
for the following specialized forms of travel.
Organizations, publications, travel and tour
agencies, and websites that provide travelers
with disabilities opportunities to expand
Where to find everything you need to know
about traveling with children, and the unique
requirements when traveling as a family.
Rentals, Homestays, Hostels and other
From Hostels to Vacation Home Rentals, there
are a variety of exciting, relaxing, or adventurous
ways to experience travel overseas.
A directory of organizations, publications,
and websites dedicated to responsible travel
and ecotourism abroad.
Organizations, meaningful tours,
and publications with the most useful information
for the mature traveler.
An extensive list of articles, websites,
tours, and other resources which address
the unique concerns of women when traveling — whether
solo or in a group setting as part of a club.
|As the scope of the Web grows by
the day, there are more and more sources of information
to help you plan your travels—both in the practical
sense and in terms of inspiration.
While we provide plenty of information, the following
are some of our favorite specialized sites:
| There are so many modes to travel
around the world that one might conclude that the
categories are almost endless, and often overlap.
Nonetheless, we have found that there are certain
key ways to travel which are quite popular and
descriptive of your interests and unique needs: