Transitions Abroad Magazine May/June 2002 Vol. XXV, NO. 6
The Independent Traveler
Back Door Travel In Rick's Thrifty Fifty Rick Steves outlines 50 ways to make your European travel dollars carry you further.
Volunteering in Nepal
Learning Italian in Florence Kathryn Casey takes a 2-month crash course and finds that immersion language study includes frustrations as well as rewards.
Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter explains how to Make the Most of an Intensive Language Course.
Participant Reports: In Study in the Wilderness Tim King reports on combining the study of language and forest conservation in Guatemala
Susan Armstrong on the options for Language Study in Guatemala and Honduras
Kent E. St. John on Study in Mexico's Silver Cities
Ron Mader answers questions about study in Latin America In Spanish Language Schools FAQs .
In Nica Spanish Schools Joshua Berman says the best deals on language schools are in Nicaragua.
2002 Program Directory
In Adapting to Life as an Expatriate Daniela Montabaur describes the 5-stage cycle of crosscultural adjustment.
Program News & Notes
From the Publisher
My interview with Jens Jurgen in this issue reminded me of how many publications with goals similiar to ours have appeared since we began more than 25 years ago. Inexpensive flights were just becoming available in the 1970's (the promotion of which was something that Jens pioneered), and for the first time in history large numbers of Americans young and old could afford trips that fulfilled their desire to learn about and immerse themselves in the places they had come to visit.
For a variety of reasons "packaged tourism: is still not a thing of the past, but today most travelers are finding ways to see the world for themselves and get to know its people. (For some at least, the events of 9/11 were further encouragement to travel to previously unkown places: our next destination is Yemen.) In the 1980s the popular guidebook writer, Arthur Frommer, underwent a midlife conversion and wrote in The New World of Travel that travel "is scarcely worth the effort unless it is associated with people, learning, and ideas." Travel should "challenge our perceptions...cause us to rethink our assumptions...make us broad-minded and more understanding.
That the reward for travel is to bring fundamental changes in perception (transitions) was my starting point in the 1970s. Many others—particularily on the Web—have since joined in promoting the opportunities to travel to learn.
Next time, in our annual Overseas Travel Planner issue, the editors will select the best resources (publications, organizations, and websites)—based upon age, physical ability, and special interests—for learning travelers. We will also honor the memory of one of our original contributing editors, Barbara Burn, who died suddenly while this issue was in production.
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