| 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 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
||Why I Travel: The Impact of Exploring the World by Senior Contributing Editor Lies Ouwerkerk
An illustrated essay by a long-time traveler exploring questions regarding what motivates her endless voyages to all region of the earth.
||Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget
An interview with Andy Steves on his new book based on his extensive independent experience as well as while leading group tours. He offers advice on how to explore and get the most out of visits to 13 great cities.
||Why Zimbabwe is the Best Safari Destination for Ethical Travelers by Rebecca Shapiro
Zimbabwe is undergoing a positive transformation, and is now home to many great ethical safari companies who provide much-needed income to locals while protecting the animals and land.
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.
||Camping Safari in Northern South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe by Lies Ouwerkerk
Varied adventures through remarkable regions and countries in Africa while in a small group, camping and seeing spectacular wildlife and natural wonders, and meeting local people along the way.
||The Beckoning of Mount Lycabettus: Sacred Sentinel of Athens by Sonja Holverson
Mount Lycabettus stands as a sacred sentinel above Athens, even as many people struggle to live in the city below. A photojournalistic story and reflection about contemporary life in the original capital of Western democracy.
||Norway State of Mind:
A Passion for Adventures in Nature by Jeff Titelius
Life in Norway is dominated by a love for total immersion and celebration of nature. This is the story of a group adventure along with trip resources.
Traditions in Cyprus by
Beautiful Cyprus has a rich history and culinary tradition, influenced by Greece and other cultures, but with its own unique take.
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?
||Seeing the Real Dominican Republic: A Stay at Tubagua Eco Lodge by
Lebawit Lily Girma
An illustrated description of an off-the-beaten path stay at a magnificent and award-winning eco lodge in the Dominican Republic, far from the usual all-inclusive beach resorts.
||A More Sustainable Face of Mexican Tourism by
Sustainable tours in Mexico for those who wish to explore regions of the country without taking a generic package.
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.
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.
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.
||A Guide to Slow Immersion Travel in Playa Samára, Costa Rica by
How to learn to embrace slow immersion travel and living in idyllic Playa Sámara, Costa Rica
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.
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.
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
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and health. Choose from 9 countries—Brazil,
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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
in Ecuador and the Galapagos with Lead Adventures
Interested in helping to rehabilitate the endangered
wildlife, rather than looking at animals from far
away or on TV? This program will give you exactly
what you want. As local experts we offer you the
chance of a lifetime—3 different animal rescue
centers in only 4 weeks! Explore the Amazon Rainforest,
the Andes Highlands and the Coast of Ecuador while
helping in the rescue centers of each region. This
one-of-a-kind program also offers you a one-day
training of animal handling before starting your
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
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: