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Immersion travel in Bhutan at the Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Photo by Lies Ouwerkerk of the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan.

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Transitions Abroad launched its unique vision in 1977 by providing inspiration, ideas, and practical information for anyone who wishes to have fun traveling authentically on unforgettable adventures, planned or spontaneous.

We have always emphasized a seeking a deeper understanding of other cultures through direct interaction and respect for local people when traveling abroad.

Here, you can read unvarnished stories about the benefits travelers find in cultural travel, allowing for a "transition" to a new level of understanding of our fascinating world.

Explore enjoyable, adventurous, budget, independent, sustainable, educational, and other ways to travel abroad at all ages. You will find extensive articles,  resources, tours, and ideas that offer up an abundance of possibilities.

Bread (fresh baguettes) in a bakery in Paris, France. 10 Creative Alternatives for Solo Travelers to Wine and Dine in Paris
by Lies Ouwerkerk
Creative ways and places to eat well in a culinary capital.
Why I Travel: Boy in Burkina Faso. Why I Travel: The Impact of Exploring the World
by Senior Contributing Editor Lies Ouwerkerk
Richly illustrated experiences help describe the travel "philosophy" of one who has gone on many inspirational adventures in a very sensitive manner.
Student travel in Europe. 7 Tips for Student Budget Travel in Europe
by Volker Poelzl
You can explore Europe on a budget as a student and transform your life with unforgettable adventures. The author describes how to make the most of your travel without spending a fortune.
Photo journey around the world. Photo Journey Around the World: Unique People, Places, and Practices
by Lies Ouwerkerk
More richly illustrated experiences you can add to your list of ideas for possible future explorations.
Cooking vacations in France with a group. Cooking Vacations in France
by Kelby Hartson Carr
The many options for cooking vacations in France, a country where food has long been elevated to a fine art, and where you may satisfy your culinary desires in many different ways.
Eating and drinking well in Lisbon, Portugal with with friendly local foodies. Eating and Drinking with Lisbon’s Most Passionate Local Foodies by Lies Ouwerkerk
An illustrated visit to Lisbon, Portugal enjoyed with locals, where the author takes us on a food tour of the best places to eat and drink.
The Paro Festival in Bhutan, with monastery. Bhutan’s Paro Tshechu Festival:
An Expression of Gross National Happiness in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

by Lies Ouwerkerk
Costa Rican rainforest with river flowing. Do It Yourself Travel in Costa Rica
by Ted Campbell
Exploring the natural beauty of Costa Rica without a guide or tour is so much more rewarding.
Cheap air travel in Europe. Cheap Air Travel in Europe
by Volker Poelzl
Tips on how to book flights and find the best budget airlines within Europe, including resources.
Vacation rental apartments in Europe, here along the sea in Croatia. Budget Vacation Rentals for Slow Travel in Europe
by Lies Ouwerkerk
Explore the many ways to enjoy Europe at your own pace while enjoying budget vacation rentals as a flexible alternative to traditional hotels.
Cycling adventure along a lake with a tent. 4 Ways to Cycle Around the World
by Friedel Rother
An experienced cyclist — who has traveled extensively around much of the world — describes the many independent, group, self-guided, and luxury biking options while abroad.
How to find authentic food in Mexico. The Ultimate Guide to Authentic Eating in Mexico
by Ted Campbell
A long-time expat in Mexico on some of the great simple yet delicious dishes enjoyed by locals.
Meditation Retreat in Thailand. 10 Days of Silence at a Buddhist Retreat in Thailand
by Thomas Handy Loon
An inside view of 10 days at a Buddhist meditation retreat in Thailand.
Budget travel in France. France on a Budget — Now Very Possible
by Kelby Hartson Carr
With the strong dollar, you can easily enjoy an incredibly diverse and beautiful country with arguably the greatest cuisine on earth, especially during shoulder season when masses of tourists begin to leave.
Volunteer work in Italy on an olive farm. Relaxing Olive Picking Work and a Cooking School Vacations in Andalucia, Spain
by Martin Li
The beautiful region of Andalucía, in southern Spain, offers chances to join in the olive harvest and enjoy traditional cooking and a cooking school.
Campervan travel in Australia, with a greeting from a kangaroo along the road! How to Plan Campervan and Motorhome Trips in Australia
by Nora Dunn
A classic way to travel across a vast and diverse continent, with autumn and winter being the best season to enjoy the adventure.
Galapagos Island sea lion pup sleeping on rocky beach. Galapagos Islands: Fragile and Fabulous
by Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner
An adventure visiting the Galapagos Islands on an eco-cruise with a tour operator who emphasizes conservation of a fragile ecological environment.
Adventures in Morocco in the desert. Adventures in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
A story for those who enjoy memorable cultural and physical adventures.
Visit to beautiful and lush Colombia. Snapshots from Colombia
by Lies Ouwerkerk
An illustrated visit to Colombia reveals the beautiful land and rich culture. The people, food, countryside, coffee plantations, music, and colorful colonial cities are a revelation.
Off-season budget travel in Europe, including a deserted Roman arena in Nimes, France. 8 Great Reasons for Shoulder Season Travel in Europe
by Volker Poelzl
Europeans are doing so now knowing the advantages of selecting shoulder season to enjoy Europe. From spending less to better options for immersion to encounters with welcoming locals to avoiding the extremes of climate change.
Small group travel in the mountains. How to Pick a Small Group Tour
by Stephanie Dyson
If you are considering an adventure, cultural, or responsible tour to an exotic or otherwise inaccessible location, here is a guide to let you know what to expect.
Greek Islands budget travel. How to Ferry Around the Greek Islands on a Budget
by Veronica Hackethal
Greece is a land of wonders, few more so than the hundreds of unique islands.
Budget travel in France. The Art of Saving: Paris for Less Than 50 Euros A Day
by Lucas Peters
You don't need much money to eat and live in Paris quite well! Here's how.
Visit authenic Mexico in the forest. 5 Routes and Regions for an Authentic Mexican Visit
by Ted Campbell
Culinary budget travel in Europe at a pastry haven in Arles, France. How to Eat Well on a Budget in Europe
by Kelby Hartson Carr 
Responsible Mexican tourism in a forest. A More Responsible Face of Mexican Tourism
by Tim Leffel

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