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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 ArticlesPrograms, and Websites.

 Featured Articles on Travel Abroad
Slow Immersion Travel: Learning by Experiencing Slow 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 and historically.
Travel by Cargo Ship Around the World
Travel by Cargo Ship Around the World by Friedel Rother
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?

Monks in China China’s 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.
Tuaregs in Mail: Adventure Travel Among the Blue Men: Travel, Ritual, and Adventure with a Tuareg Nomadic Tribe in Mali by James Michael Dorsey
A nomadic tribe in Mali graciously invites an adventurous author into their clan, where he witnesses their unique rituals and lives.
Solo Travel Indonesia Solo Travel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Lies Ouwerkerk
Yogyakarta, Indonesia is so very rich in culture and natural beauty, and is an ideal destination for the independent traveler.
Picking grapes in Andalusia, Spain Olive Picking and Traditional Cooking in Hidden Andalucía by Martin Li
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 Localized 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 community.
10 Ways to Travel Abroad Authentically 10 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.
How to be a Travel Show-Off How to Be a Travel Show-Off by Robert Reid
Robert Reid holds a mirror up to those with a compulsive love for bragging about about their travels, either overtly or through what some have called the "humblebrag," and offers some friendly suggestions.
Slow immersion travel in Europe Savor the Journey While You Travel Abroad by Jeff Titelius
Cultural immersion travel vignettes from locations around Europe which reflect the unique character of local history, rituals, food, and most importantly, people.
Dining in Switzerland Dining on Mountain Tops in Switzerland by Chelsea Frischknecht
Great meals on the mountain tops of Switzerland, including a spectacular restaurant which once served as a set for a James Bond film. Also, a recipe for the rightfully famous Swiss fondue which highlights the incredible cheeses from a beautiful country.
Authentic Food in Mexico
The Ultimate Guide to Authentic Eating in Mexico by Ted Campbell
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..
World Cheapest Destinations book Budget Travel in Mexico and Central America
Budget Travel in South America,
Budget Travel in Asia, and
Budget 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 the cheap.
Overseas travel insurance Overseas 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.
Cuban street musicians A 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.
Ferrying around the Greek islands. Ferrying Around the Greek Islands on a Budget by Veronica Hackethal
...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...
Rent an Apartment in Paris How to Enjoy Your Stay in Paris on a Budget: Rent an Apartment by Dr. Joanna Hubbs, Senior Editor
Renting an apartment in Paris is not only a great way to save money and extend one’s stay, but also to get to know neighborhoods as one can only do in a great walking city. You can pretend, at least, to be living like a Parisian by shopping where everyone shops for food and making a meal of all the wonderful things that area food stores and markets offer...
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.
 Budget Travel Abroad
 Culinary Travel Abroad
 Cultural Travel and Tours Abroad
 Europe with Rick Steves
 Family Travel Abroad
 Independent and Solo Travel Abroad
 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Abroad
 Senior Travel Abroad
 Teen and Student Travel Abroad
 The Resourceful Traveler with Tim Leffel
 Travel Writing
 Women Travel Abroad
Narrative Travel Writing Contest
Annual Narrative Travel Writing Contest
TransitionsAbroad.com 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.

 Featured Travel Abroad Programs
Women Volunteer Abroad Cross-Cultural 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 12 countries—Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Responsible Volunteering Worldwide with GVI Global Vision International
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
Discover Spain in an English Conversation Holiday Diverbo's "Pueblo Ingles" — Discover Spain in an English Conversation Holiday
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 lingo.
The Women's Travel Group The Women's Travel Group: Smart Tours for Smart Women
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.

Cultural Travel and Special Interest Vacations
Unique programs and tours that combine the places you most want to go with the things you most like to do.
Educational Travel Programs
Learning programs designed for those with a variety of interests, from archeological tours of Greece to biking tours of Italy to safaris in the Amazon.
Responsible Travel Programs
Regional listing of programs and tours that respect local cultures and the environment while making a positive contribution to the host community.
Senior Travel Programs
Travel programs worldwide which take into account the interests and concerns of today's mature travelers, including tours and volunteer vacations.
Teen Study and Travel Programs
Student travel organizations that sponsor exchange programs and teen programs for high school age students.
Women Travel Tours and Clubs
Tours and clubs designed specifically for women who seek to travel together abroad.
 Best Resources for Travel Abroad
We have compiled extensive resources, articles, and participant reports for the following specialized forms of travel.
Disability Travel Resources
Organizations, publications, travel and tour agencies, and websites that provide travelers with disabilities opportunities to expand their options.
Family Travel Resources
Where to find everything you need to know about traveling with children, and the unique requirements when traveling as a family.
Home Rentals, Homestays, Hostels and other Accommodations Abroad
From Hostels to Vacation Home Rentals, there are a variety of exciting, relaxing, or adventurous ways to experience travel overseas.
Responsible Travel Resources
A directory of organizations, publications, and websites dedicated to responsible travel and ecotourism abroad.
Senior Travel Resources
Organizations, meaningful tours, and publications with the most useful information for the mature traveler.
Women Travel Resources
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:

 Accommodations Abroad
 Country Information for Travel
 Embassies, Visas, and Work Permits
 Festivals Abroad
 Health, Safety and Insurance Abroad
 Money Matters Abroad
 News and Radio from Abroad
 Staying Connected While Abroad
 Transportation Abroad
 Travel Blogs
 Travel Forums
 Travel Guidebook Series
 Travel Planning and Informational Websites
 Travel Portals (Worldwide)
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:

 Budget Travel Abroad
 Cultural Immersion Travel Abroad
 Disability Travel Abroad
 Family Travel Abroad
 Independent Travel Websites
 Responsible Travel Abroad
 Senior Travel Abroad
 Women Travel Abroad
Volunteer and travel abroad with GVILearn and Teach Languages with DiverboInternational Cell PhonesTravel with Friends of FriendsCultural experiences with Traditions MexicoTravel Together ToursGutsy Women TravelOutbounding Travel Community
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