| 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
Ways You Are Already An Explorer
Amy Gigi Alexander
"Exploration today is about our own human
potential—whether it is an inner journey or one
based on discovery outside of ourselves."
on the Mekong River by James Michael
The Mekong River flows through parts of six countries,
carries much commerce, and is where people live colorful
lives. James Michael Dorsey paints in words and images
an iconic region.
||Cycling South Africa’s Cape and Winelands by
A physical and cultural adventure on and around Cape South African combining much cycling, wine tasting, and other much more.
Ways Slow Food and Slow Travel Enhance Experiences
Abroad by Jonathon Engels
Why slow food and slow travel are perfect partners
in the growing movement to return to more authentic
and respectful ways of living and traveling — and
eating really well.
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?
Tips From a Seasoned Solo Traveler: How to Make
the Best of Your Travels Abroad by
Advice derived from years of solo travel, mistakes
and all, by one who has seen the world from many perspectives.
Vacation Rental Apartments in Europe with Local
Hospitality by Lies Ouwerkerk
Staying in vacation rentals in Europe is an inexpensive
and immersive way to travel while also enjoying local
on a Budget — Yes, It is Possible
travel on the cheap in France is still possible,
especially with the recent rise in the value
of the dollar. Here are many options for affordable
trips, preferably taken slowly, to some of the
most enjoyable locations in France, with links
to accommodations, dining, and transportation
that can fit many budgets this summer and fall.
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
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.
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.
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.
Steps to Vacations and Travel with Purpose by
Amy E. Robertson
How to enjoy and create purpose in your travels while
meeting and contributing financially to the local
community. Travels with purpose is another way of
describing a form of responsible tourism.
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 expert budget travel
and living author Tim Leffel on regional options for
a richer form of travel on the cheap.
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
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.
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
offers 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 you seek of new adventures abroad,
wish to slow down and appreciate
the people, and immerse yourself
in the culture and locations you have long wished
to visit, the following sections offer articles
and resources which will provide you with ideas
to make it happen.
Annual Narrative Travel Writing Contest
invites you to enter its 2016 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
of a Lifetime!
Experience another culture like never before while
making a real difference in people’s lives.
You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the
local culture and yourself while working side-by-side
with local people on community-led initiatives. Placements
are available in the areas of social services, education,
and health. Choose from 9 countries—Brazil,
Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru,
Tanzania, and Thailand.
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
and Soul Travels
Experience the ultimate Tours and Vacations for Women.
Sights and Soul travels slowly, in small groups, enjoying
exclusive experiences, fine dining, boutique hotels,
and personalized services. Join us in Spain, Portugal,
Holland & Belgium, New York, Greece, France, Eastern
Europe, Iceland, Croatia, Poland, England, Scotland,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Argentina, Peru or
Volunteer and Travel for Women of All Ages!
Help to preserve the Enchanted Galapagos
Islands, combine volunteer and travel! A trip for
the true explorer inside you. Many women travel independently
these days but not all will have an experience like
this one, suitable for all ages, groups or individuals.
Experience our authentic Galapagos Experience — something
so real, most people would never see anything remotely
like it in their lifetime. This is your chance to
do something unique and to make a difference at the
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
allowing intimate contact with the land, people,
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, here are
some of our favorite specialized "best of"
| 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: