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Transitions Abroad Magazine March/April 2001 Vol XXIV, NO. 5


Hardy’s Dorset
A Bit of England in Miniature
“Better to know a little bit of the world remarkably well than to know a great part of the world remarkably little,” said Thomas Hardy. Joanne Paul takes us on a journey to Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, a bit of England in miniature. Paul also offers “A Simple Formula,” for a solo traveler.

Special Issue

Pursue a Passion Overseas

Special Interest Travel Directory
Combine what you like to do with where you want to go. Learn Spanish while volunteering in Costa Rica . . . art and architecture in India . . . cultural and educational adventures worldwide. . . .

Study Abroad: Where?
Student Overseas Program Directory
Hundreds of options from Africa to Venezuela: Study, work, and travel in Australia; take an internship in Kenya or Senegal, or a master music class in Vienna; work for social justice in Central America; study Chinese art and culture in Hangzhou.
Tracy Scharn
provides students with disabilities who are going to Europe with a list of the best resources
Brian Johnson describes an outstanding work abroad program
Jess Van Nostrand provides tips on how to go British in London.

Study Abroad: How?

Student Writers’ Contest
Univ. of Nevada, Reno, student Christopher Moore, the winner of Transitions Abroad's 2000-2001 Student Writers’ Contest, leads off this section on preparing for study abroad with a detailed report on finding an internship in China. Read other winner's fine submissions: Sara Cooley, Elizabeth DeHoff, Kristin Hayes, Rebecca Ciralsky.


Information Exchange

Transitions Abroad Q&A

Traveler’s Almanac

The Independent Traveler

Dr. Clay A. Hubbs talks with The Educated Traveler, Ann Waigand, about the advantages of travel with groups.

Best Bargains
Ray Bangs lists 10 Money-Saving Tips for Your Next European Vacation.

Wade L. Eakle explores South Korea the Land of Morning Calm.
Carla Waldemar looks at life beyond Hong Kong’s high rises.
Anne Woodyard is a guest of Bruno and Sylvaine Chevalier at their farm in the Beaujolais region of France.
Melanie Falcon takes us to Britain’s most sacred site: Avebury.

Solo Woman Traveler
Joanne Paul on traveling solo to Weymouth.

The Travel Consultant
Kent St. John tells us what to do to reduce airline hassles.

The Educated Traveler
Ann Waigand on special interest and educational travel. Alternative Tours: Listing of tours around the world.

Educational Tours
Jeanette Drake on taking a group trip to Eastern Europe.

The Learning Traveler
Amy Senier on drumming in West Africa.

Back Door Travel
Rick Steves on the cheapest flight to Europe (but ask your travel agent if it’s the best choice).

Volunteer Work
Dianne Brause on how volunteer vacations can change your life.

Participant Reports
Ben Watkins on lighting a Costa Rican village.
Kirsten Tobey on why Volunteering Makes a Difference with the Amigos de las Americas.

Living Abroad
Gary Loach sorts out the mysteries of renting in London
Jill Gordon finds the overlooked neighborhoods.

Education Abroad
Participant Reports

Matthew M. Pierle Bundestag Youth Exchange
Eric Stewart Rotary Group Study Exchange
Luke S. White BUNAC program in the U.K.

Program News and Notes

Kate Fawcett on a life-changing family experience in the Costa Rican rainforest.

From the Publisher

For many years we ran the following announcement on the contents page: “Transitions Abroad is a bimonthly guide to practical information on the alternatives to mass tourism—living, working, studying, and vacationing with the people of the host country—for travelers who want to experience the thrills and lifelong rewards of immersion travel.”

Now other magazines and websites have joined us in providing information on immersion travel, and following ones own inclinations instead of a tour guide is much more common that when we started nearly 25 years ago. Still, as Ann Waigand and I discuss in my interview with her on page 12, there are times when it is more efficient and more rewarding to travel with groups (as a “special interest traveler”) than independently.

The exciting list of offerings in the program directories we publish this time—one for students, one of adults—make this point clear. And Ann underlines it in her interview: students are special interest travelers in training. They travel close to the ground and get to know the people along the way. “After the first experience they will never be tour bus travelers.” Special interest tour programs simply offer options that independent travelers couldn’t arrange on their own.

Whether you take your next trip independently or with a group, you will find a great amount of useful information in this issue.

Next time our focus will be on Latin America and language vacations.

Meanwhile, send us a postcard or an email to

—Clay Hubbs

Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting

Contributing Editors
Kari Bodnarchuk (Information Exchange)
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family),
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism),
William Nolting (Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Kent St. John (Independent Travel)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Susan Sygall (Disability Travel)
Christine Victorino (Volunteering)
Ann Waigand (Special Interest Travel)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books).

Business Manager
Lisa Green

Gian Lombardo, Kurt Carlson

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Printing Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo
Lionel Delevigne
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