How My First Trip to Guatemala Opened My Eyes

Two months ago, I would not have guessed that I would be approached by someone asking for an interview because they thought I was a hippie. Pre-Trip Expectations Going to Guatemala was my first trip outside of the USA, and I went with (probably unreasonably) high expectations about learning Spanish, seeing the culture, and cliff[…]

50 Tiny but Powerful Ways to Learn More as You Travel

Your time traveling abroad might be short and sweet, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice in-depth learning and personal growth. In fact, with the right mindset and a couple of these ideas in your back pocket, you’ll set yourself up to not only learn about the country around you, but about yourself, too.[…]

Gap Year Advice: Talk to Strangers

“Don’t talk to strangers” is the single worst piece of cultural brainwashing that we’ve perpetrated on children in the past couple of generations. While statistics are pointing to the fact that America is safer than it’s been since the mid-sixties, we continue to frighten each other into believing that we are at constant risk of[…]

Preparing Students to Leave: Skill Building for Families

My friend tells the story of going on a college visit to NYC with her, then, 17 year old daughter. The first night in the city her daughter and a friend announced that they wanted to take off on the subway to go to dinner and have an adventure. My friend’s instinct was to say,[…]

China: When One Trip Changes Everything

It was 20 years ago this past winter that I got an unshakable idea in my head. It was initiated by a flyer posted in my university department building about a semester abroad in China. All things Asian, specifically China, fascinated me. My head and heart were deep in Eastern philosophy and religion and I[…]