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Women take to social media with hashtag #Viajosola to defend right to travel alone
A Spanish hashtag #Viajosola (I travel alone) is sweeping the internet as thousands of women speak up to defend their choice of travelling solo, following the deaths of two Argentinian backpackers. The bodies of Marina …. Triangle279 said: 'I … Read more on Daily Mail
Zika prompts study abroad concerns
Before Georgia State student Victoria Brown embarked on a study abroad trip to Ecuador this spring break, she received several warnings from Georgia State about the virus. … The opening of the "Contortion" act featuring the Buryat Contortionist Group. Read more on The Signal
Miami women's basketball getting the respect it deserves
The Canes are travelling a distance of 2,574 miles to open tournament play on the other side of the country. … “This group went to Paris and Amsterdam and Belgium (early in the season) so we'll be fine,” said Meier, noting the team's preseason trip … Read more on Today’s U (blog)
Are gap years a good idea for students to take?
It may be the first chance some of the students can go abroad and do something for a longer period than just going on holiday. Travelling abroad and having that experience does give you that opportunity to work with people from different cultures and … Read more on News & Star
Migration crisis: Idomeni, the train stop that became an 'an insult to EU values'
For many the sight of Avramopoulos, wading through the slush in pristine wellies, was the first sign that hope was in the offing. Few politicians have ventured this far north. With almost every refugee in close contact with relatives abroad, hopes … Read more on The Guardian
Six million Chinese to travel abroad during their New Year holiday season
The Chinese outbound tourism is expected to reach a new peak during this Golden Week of the Chinese New Year. According to Chinese travel agencies LY.com and Tuniu, over 60% of all the travelers are going overseas. Comparing with travel destinations … Read more on Tornos News International Edition (press release)
Lambertville artist paints for empowerment
She spends most of her time travelling to distant, neglected communities, instituting her program of artistic empowerment. Recently returned from a month's stay …. Encountering foreign cultures often makes for amusing incidents. One morning in Uganda … Read more on MyCentralJersey.com
Hooligans to be stopped from travelling to Euro 2016
… focus of the French authorities is going to be keeping people safe. We will do everything we can to support that operation. "We're one of the few countries that has legislative powers to stop people who cause trouble at football matches from … Read more on SkySports
In Chapter 4 of 13 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, micro-philanthropist Adam Carter answers “Where is Your Comfort Zone and What Do You Do to Break Free of Living in It?” After graduating college, Carter decides not to pursue traditional career paths and instead looks for meaning traveling abroad. He starts his adventure by buying a one-way ticket to China. Over time, he works summers selling beer at baseball games to finance international travel. Ultimately, Carter decides to break out of this routine, walk away from the beer vendor life, and relocate to Brazil.
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Erik Michielsen: Where is your comfort zone, and what do you do to break free of living in it?
Adam Carter: I broke out of my comfort zone when I graduated from college because I decided that instead of following the kind of pre-described path, of, you know, starting to interview and starting to work, and working towards a certain career goal and then retiring, whatever, that I just completely broke away from that, and that’s when I started to travel. So I think buying a one-way ticket to China is a great way for anybody out there to break out of their comfort zone.
I’ve always respected those that have been able to do that on a professional level or on a personal level, and I’ve often had to reinvent myself or do that myself and then constantly thinking, okay, what can I do to challenge myself? What can I do to present a whole new set of stimuli or opportunities? And so as I continued to travel, I realized that I wanted to find a way to live abroad and continued to seek out a new comfort zone, but, at the same time, I had this job. I was a beer vendor in Chicago with the baseball stadiums, which was fantastic. I was able to go home every summer, make money. It was easy. You know, I’d go home, I could live with my mother, I could save my money, and then I could go travel and do my philanthropy work and everything, which was a great lifestyle and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but it got to the point, where I realized, “Okay, I’ve been doing this for 17 years now,” and I could see the guys around me, some of which have been doing it for 30 years, and they’re in their 50s, or in their 60s, and they got the bad knees and bad back and they’re kind of humbling around there, and I realized, I don’t want to do that. I want to do more in my life than be a beer vendor.
So I had to really step out of my comfort zone and walk away from this job. And you know, my cohorts assured me, they’re like, “all right, dude, you’ll be back next year. We’ll see you next year.” I said, “Well, never say never, but I feel like I’m making this move, I got to do it.” I knew there was only one way to do it, and that is, you know, walk away and just cold turkey. I mean, there are challenges inherent in that, as I was saying, it’s all of a sudden, you have to provide income and you have to realize, okay, I’m an adult and I have to provide for my future, cool, but I felt like I never would have taken the next step if I had this comfort zone to come back to. I think it’s really important to—not to be afraid of what’s out there and to embrace uncertainty, and to me, I think one of the lessons that I have learned personally and that I try to pass to people that I meet is to embrace uncertainty, because uncertainty is the one certainty in our life, and yet, it’s the one thing that often brings people down. And the more that I’ve—every challenge that comes my way, I try to embrace it and say, “well, it’s all in how I’m gonna deal with this and how I react to this, because we all know that if this uncertainty doesn’t happen, a month down the road, something else is gonna come up,” so the more I can kind of, you know, take everything with a smile and be like, here we go again. Let’s see what we got to do here. It’s really helped me just find my place in the world. So I’d say that being ready for the unexpected and having confidence in yourself and having confidence in the fact that, okay, things are gonna work out in the end. You know, we often stress about these little things, then we look back ten years later, and I’m like, “I can’t believe I got so stressed out like that because, look, it doesn’t even matter,” so I try to keep that mindset, which has really enriched me I think as a person.
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Cash in on the strong dollar when travelling abroad
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Obama will push human rights agenda on Cuba trip
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Going abroad this year? How to claim tax back for your child's flight
But from the start of next month, the relief will be extended to include anyone under 16. This means that the parents of children aged 12 to 15 who have booked economy flights to travel after March 1 are now due a refund. A family with two children who … Read more on Manchester Evening News
Wake County woman contracts Zika virus after traveling
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County Public Health officials confirmed Thursday that a woman who lives in Wake County contracted the Zika virus disease while traveling abroad. … “We do not have mosquitoes that would transmit this disease in the area.”. Read more on WNCN