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Transition Abroad Magazine November/December 2001


Ethiopia And Eritrea
Wonders of the Horn
Travel on your own around this seldom-visited part of Africa and be amazed by its natural and cultural wonders. Chris Shinn, an African resident explorer, is your guide.

Special issue

Alternative Travel
Responsible Travel Programs
Traveling responsibly means respecting the natural and cultural environment of the places we visit, taking the time to appreciate the importance of what others have to tell us. People-to-people travel has perhaps never been more important than now.

The organizers whose tours and programs are described here have pledged to make travel a learning experience–not another form of consumption–that benefits the host as well as the visitor. Learn from experienced teachers about the sacred traditions of Asia or the natural history of the Galapagos Islands; learn from South Africans about their economic, political, and social realities; work with leading scientists on field research projects worldwide. . . .

Ecotravel Reports
Throughout the world, local communities are taking charge of their own tourism rather than putting themselves and their environment in the hands of outsiders. Ron Mader talks with Chris Shaw about community-based tourism on the Mexico-Guatemala border and describes family-run ecotourism in Ecuador.
Chris Humphrey takes us to a nature refuge in Honduras.

Responsible Travel Resources
Deborah McLaren and Ron Mader have updated their annual selection of the best information sources on Responsible Travel and Ecotourism. This year they have included their current list of favorite Responsible Ecotour Operator.


Information Exchange
Which Credit Cards?
Kent St. John explains why credit cards are the best way to pay for expenses abroad and how to choose the right ones. Also, contact info for the major card companies.

The Independent Traveler

Transitions Abroad talks with
travel guru Edward Hasbrouck about the practicalities of around-the-world travel.

Thomas H. Booth The Unsung Phillipines: Big Rewards for Flexible Travelers

Best Bargains
Jill Gordon Cheap Flights from London
Daniel Rosenberg Meditation Centers Worldwide
Anish Kumar Alternative Medicine in Kerala.

Kent St. John Danube Bend Day Trips
Volker Poelzl Brazil Beyond the Beach

Special Interest Travel


Laura Higgins Dance Around the World: Learn About a People and Yourself

Hope Wall Bike Across Africa: Modest Rigors Yield Big Rewards

Terry Scott Reed Cruising England’s Canals: 2000 Miles of Your Own Waterways.

Back Door Travel
Rick Steves reveals
Europe’s Strangest Places

Living Abroad

In Living in Tenerife Joe Cawley reports on his experience of buying a piece of Spain off the African coast and what it’s like to live there.

Lorren L. Repton tells how she and her found their Dream Cottage in Brittany, and then bought it.

Melissa Schulz explains how to get permission to Live as a Legal Resident in France

Sam Margolis, like many Americans, has found a job and a pleasant life At Home in Budapest.

The Working Traveler

Gregory Benchwick Newspaper Work Abroad

Joseph Collins, Sefano DeZega, and Zahara Hecksher Coming Back Home

Laura Higgins Overseas Work Visas

Steve Wilson Refugee Work at Home.

Education Abroad

Point: Counterpoint
Alex Neff The Ugly American: International Education and The Image of the U.S. Abroad

Participant Stories
Anita M. Scott on Low-Cost Language Learning in Germany.
Council Staff
Travel Safety Information for Students.


Elizabeth Vondrak Travel as an Exchange

From the Publisher

As we prepare to go to press less than two weeks after the attacks we are still, like so many others, in a state of near shock. Next time our editors–all of whom seem to agree that violence only leads to greater violence and that travel is, as Rick Steves says, “a huge unifier, perhaps more important than ever”–will offer a practical guide to travel in the post-September 11 world. Meanwhile, here are some early responses. More of their “Travel Now!” comments are scattered throughout this issue.

We invite your thoughts on how best to travel responsibly in light of recent events and your recommendations of specific organizations and programs that support mind- and soul-expanding travel, the focus of this and every issue.

–Dr. Clay Hubbs

“My big fear–and the consensus I feel among Italians and fellow countrymen here on the road–is that America will respond to this tragedy by seeking revenge. Passions combined with 21st-century weaponry makes such a frightening mix that it's too dangerous for any nation to act as the 'world's only superpower. We are a family of nations.”

–Rick Steves
Riomaggiore, Italy (Budget Travel Editor)

“People are understandably worried on a practical level, but they must know that increased security will make air travel over the coming months and years far safer than it has ever been.

–Susan Griffith
Cambridge, England (Work Abroad Editor)

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Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting

Contributing Editors
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

New Media
Joe Obeng

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Printing Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo
Luke Golobitsh
Photo Location
Rio Guayabero, Columbia

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