Do You Travel??

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  1. DigitalDiva25

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    I think that traveling is one of the best things in life. Its food for the mind and for the soul. I have only traveled out of state but not internationally and would like to do so in the future. I think teachers can truly benefit from traveling because it allows them to share more experiences and knowledge to their students. And it's just a good way to do something out of the ordinary. Do you guys take a week or 2 during the summer so you can travel?
     
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    Honestly, I won't travel anywhere I can't easily take my dog. I'll be able to retire still somewhat young and we will travel then. I look forward to it and hope we're in good health and all that to allow it to happen, but right now I'd rather be home. :)

    I don't think traveling would greatly influence my classroom, though.
     
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    I love to travel!! A couple of years ago I went on a 16 day camping trip through a college (it was a geology and anthropology class) where we went to 7 states. It was amazing!

    I've also been to Hawaii and to Japan.

    My goal is to go to Europe this year. Right now, we are working on saving up the money so that no debt is incurred.

    I want to travel as much as I can while I am able to. I guess I'm somewhat pessimistic and I worry that something horrible will happen to me and that I will regret not having lived life to the fullest. So, I'm constantly looking for new adventures or challenges to tackle. :)

    Where have you been, Digital? Are you afraid of flying? My hubby is terrified, and I must admit... so am I. How do you cope?
     
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    I moved across the country for a job, so all of my traveling money is spent on going back to my home state to be with my family for holidays and such. Between the airline tickets, parking at the airport, and pet boarding, I spend almost 2,000 per year. There's not really any money leftover to go anywhere else.
     
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    Countries I have visited so far

    France, Italy, Spain, Gibralter, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada and the USA,

    In the USA I have been to Florida, California (SF,LA), Nevada (LV), Chicago and Alaska.
    Canada included Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver.

    Will be back in Chicago at Easter.
     
  7. DigitalDiva25

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    I live in Florida. I've only been to California, Nevada, and Maryland. I would love to visit other countries. My husband and I are planning to go to Spain and Japan. With my job as a teacher, and no kids, I'm able to save at least 800 to 1,000 bucks a month. My husband is also a teacher, he's saving money too. Our goal is to travel first, before having kids.

    I truly believe that traveling is a way to live life to the fullest. It's just mind stimulating. My husband and I are both artists and going to different places gives us inspiration and boosts our creativity. A variety of beautiful scenery to see, different culture to experience, language to learn and people to meet. :thumb:

    As far as fear of flying, I'm a bit afraid during the take off and landing. But not to the point where it will stop me from getting on the plane. :) Besides, in life, you gotta take risks in order to have some fun. ;)
     
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    Woooww, that's a lot of countries! :eek: How did you get the money to afford that? Well I guess since you live in the United Kingdom, I believe teachers there earn more money than teachers here in the United States. :thumb:
     
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    I love to travel! My parents just opened their own travel agency, so we're excited about that. Typically my family goes on one or two trips a year, usually cruises or all inclusive resorts. This past year we went to Alaska and then the Caribbean for Christmas. Both were amazing.

    I teach students who come from low income housing and some haven't even been to the beach. After I return from a trip, I share pictures and try to bring them something little back so they have things from parts of the word. (When I came back from the Grand Canyon, they each got a small rock. Alaska - they each got a post card.)
     
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    I've lived in both the USA and Costa Rica.

    I've been to: Canada, USA, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Spain, Bonaire, USVI (St. Croix), Jamaica, England, Germany and France.

    I have so much more to see! And I'll be honest with you guys, one of the main reasons I'm a teacher is the summer break where I get a few months to travel. I love traveling and I would never be in a job where I didn't have the amount of time to travel I wanted.
     
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    I don't like to travel, but I like to have new experiences. My parents thought it was important to vacation, so they took me lots of places when I lived at home.

    I don't travel often, as I don't have the disposable income for it. I've been to maybe 20 states, and I have several old favorites I visit often.
     
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    I did a lot of traveling in HS with my family since my sister was studying abroad. I also traveled with friends too. I love to travel!

    The countries that I've been to are Mexico, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

    The US states that I've been to are Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Missouri, Indiana, Delaware, New Jersey, Hawaii and possibly more, I can't remember.

    As an adult, I haven't done much traveling as we haven't had the money to do so. I love to travel and can't wait until we can afford to start doing more traveling.
     
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    I love to travel! Last year I was fortunate enough to go on 5 trips. Sometimes I'll share travel experiences with students. I tend to do this when we're doing our landmark projects during S.S. This summer I'll visit Chicago and New Orleans. I'd love to take another cruise in the near future if I can.
     
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    I would love to be able to afford traveling! Other then our annual vacation to Florida, where we have a timeshare we don't travel other then to visit family. Maybe after we get our youngest through college.
     
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    We were fortunate to be able to travel when the kids were younger- and we dragged them, literally, all over the world. Believe it or not, these days we restrict our travelling to the West Coast and British Columbia. Maybe at some point we'll want to go further afield again, but not just yet.
     
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    Salaries are about the same I think but the cost of living in the UK is probably double that of the States (we pay $8.50 a gallon for gas and the Kia Sportage I drive cost $30,000). It helps that the countries in Europe are so small. When I went to Italy we drove through 4 other countries to get there! The scandinavian visits were on a cruise and so spanned just 2 weeks. I have driven to Spain several times and in 2012 we spent 3 weeks driving around France doing nearly 3000 miles!
     
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    I don't travel much. I have been places in the US, and I lived in Germany for three years, but now,I just stick around at home. Having dogs does make travel more difficult, but even so, I am a homebody at heart. I love to vacation right here at home.
    That said, there are places on my bucket list that I would love to see someday, if finances allow it.
     
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    Traveling is one of my staples in life. I do it instead of living in a house, I only spent 1000 bucks on my car, I don't buy a lot of gadgets, and I try to watch my eating costs (although eating out is another vice of mine). I don't travel very far most of the time, usually just roadtrips here and there. I am saving up for more extensive trips during summers.

    I figure you have to pick a few things in life and trade them for other things. Another thing I save up for is education. I want to go back to college sometimes for another degree.
     
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    Summer time and the living is easy... I travel most of the summer, Road Trip. I've been:

    I've been everywhere, man.
    I've been everywhere, man.
    Crossed the desert's bare, man.
    I've breathed the mountain air, man.
    Of travel I've had my share, man.
    I've been everywhere.

    I've been to:
    Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
    Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
    Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
    Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
    Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
    Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla, I'm a killer.

    [Chorus]

    I've been to:
    Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
    Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
    Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
    Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
    Tennessee to Tennesse Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
    Grand Lake, Devils Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake.

    [Chorus]

    I've been to:
    Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
    Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
    Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
    Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport,
    Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina,
    Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean-a.

    [Chorus]

    I've been to:
    Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado,
    Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
    Larimore, Admore, Haverstraw, Chatanika,
    Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
    Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
    Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity.

    Seriously, I RV'ed with my aunt and uncle for 6 months. ( after I retired from my first career.) They were already retired and did if for 3 years:) I love to travel the USA. I've also traveled abroad. I prefer the good ole USA!!!
     
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    I travel all summer and even winter breaks. My husband and I love it and budget our money for it. I also travel with my parents when my husband can't. I have visited almost every state except for just a few, and four different countries. I wasn't able to have children so traveling is what I do. I even have a picture of us on vacation sitting on my desk at school, when I have a rough day I just look at the picture and dream of summer!
     
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    When I was a kid, my family used to travel a lot... we lived in Toronto, and were able to get to every province except Newfoundland. We also travelled down to Memphis, Tennessee, and then when we moved to Manitoba we went through the Dakotas. We've often travelled through the States to get to New Brunswick (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine).

    When I was in grade 11, I had the chance to go to Tanzania, Africa. That was quite an experience. Since then, I haven't done too much travelling, except that we went to Cuba for our honeymoon. It was a bit of a disaster, really.
     
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    I love to travel! I wish I could more of it. Hopefully soon! In the US I've been to Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Washington DC. A couple of summers ago, my husband and I took a trip to Europe and hit up London, Paris, and Rome through a tour group. The best trip of my life!!

    Every summer my sister and her family and I go to Schlitterbahn for a week.
     
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    I love to travel. My first International travel came summer of 2011. I spent 5 weeks in Rome in a study abroad program. Now I can't wait to go abroad again. New York City has been my favorite city to visit in the US. I am hoping that I can go back to Rome or to Germany next summer.
     
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    I would love to travel more! I have only been outside the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. I just never seem to have enough money.
     
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    I absolutely love to travel. I've been all over the US, but unfortunately never been outside of it. However, I'm only 24 and this is soon to change! My husband and I are going on our honeymoon this summer on a cruise out of Puerto Rico that sails all throughout the Caribbean islands. I AM SO EXCITED. We are also currently saving up the funds to go to Europe for a few weeks--we'd like to backpack to a few countries. Traveling is something I am extremely passionate about. I consider it a hobby and a lifelong goal. I'm the type who wants to step foot on every continent. Traveling, in my opinion, makes people more understanding, appreciative of what they have, and overall a more self-sufficient person. I encourage everyone to travel--even if it is just in your own state, there is so much to see all over!
     
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    I love to travel! Unfortunately, I don't really have the time off (or money!) anymore. Outside of the US I have only spent about an hour in Canada, but I have been to 26 states and have a goal of reaching every state. My favorite places that I have been are South Dakota, Missouri and Las Vegas.
     
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    This thread inspired me and my teacher friends just booked us a short trip to Wisconsin during spring break. Nothing crazy, but a change of scenery will be nice I think. :)
     
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    I LOVE traveling! I was able to travel a lot when I studied and taught abroad in Europe and Central America, and consider myself very blessed for having those opportunities. Now, I don't really make enough to make international travel a regular thing, but this year I'm going on a mission trip to Honduras:)
     
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    I love doing it. I've been up and down the East Coast of the United States from New York to Georgia. I've been to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic on volunteer trips. I just got back from a week in the UK to visit some friends. I hope to get the chance to visit a friend in Florida for my Spring Break, and would love to go back to Costa Rica this summer.

    It helps me save money a bit because I have friends from all over the world. I've done a lot of couch-surfing.
     
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    I taught in Germany for 4 years. Learned to speak German and meet a pretty American girl who became my wife. She and I travel all over the world and pay for much of it by selling travel stories to magazines.
     
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    Tyler B, what a great way to pay for your trips. Who mainly does the writing or do you both work collaboratively on the stories? How did you realize that you could make money by selling your stories to magazines? I would have never thought of that. Do you mind if I ask how much they, on average, will pay for a story? You don't have to answer if you don't feel comfortable.
     
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    Yes I travel!! I love having 2 months in the summer to travel and I always go away for spring break. In fact, I just booked my plane ticket for spring break - going to the coast to see my sisters!
     
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    I think traveling is so important

    I think traveling is so important! My parents took my all over the country, Canada and Mexico as a kid. I've also been to Europe and South America. I think travel makes you so much more aware of teh world outside your microcosm within which you live. WE would travel more, but my husband can only get off a few days at a time. Now that my son is older, I hope to start doing more roadtrips. If I lived alone, I would probably pick a new place to go every summer and just go!

    It's one of the things that bother me about my kids who refuse to leave the state for college. I know money can be an obstacle, but to never leave your hometown boggles my mind . . . you can always come back!
     
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    Honestly I think going out of state for college is silly! In my home state there's plenty of cheap, public schools and I would never want to go to another state and pay double. Especially since my parents did not contribute money! Going to an in-state school meant I have no debt now and means I have more money to travel!

    What I think is important is studying abroad. It's the cheapest time to travel- most programs you just pay your normal tuition, but get to go somewhere awesome. I can't believe more people don't do it!
     
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    I love to travel too! I wish I had gone to more places by now. One can learn so much. I can't do much of anything this coming summer since I have to do my 4th clinical praticum (similar to student teaching for teachers) at a hospital or skilled nursing facility-type place. That will run into having to go back to work in the fall.

    If I had the money, I'd travel at least 2x/yr & I'm talking about a nice 7-10 day cruise/vacation.
     
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    I used to travel a lot before I got married and bought a house. Now, our money goes to household expenses and renovations. Maybe when we are done with a few more renovations we can save up some money to go away (I really want to go on a cruise for my 10th wedding anniversary). I would also worry about my dog but he could easily stay with my MIL for a few days. I have never been out of the country except for a weekend trip to Montreal while in college. If I could pick two places to go internationally it would be Italy and England. I have a cousin who is a single female teacher. She travels during almost EVERY school break. I guess I can live vicariously through her for a few more years...I think she will be going to Greece for Spring break!
     
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    How great! I wish I could do that for almost every break!
     
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    We get between $1600 and $500 for a story. We also get perks like first class air upgrades, free food, lodging and transportation. We also get gear to use in the stories. I do the writing and most of the outdoor photography. My wife does the editing and all the shots that require special indoor lighting. The stories usually appear in print from 3 to 18 months after submission. We don't get paid until the article is in print.
     
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    Ah, so I imagined you sold the story AFTER you went on a trip. So, you go on trips FOR the magazine and to write a story, then? How neat!!! How in the world did you end up doing this gig? That's a dream job, right there. Man, oh man, am I ever jealous.
     
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    Dang! That's awesome! Do you mind me asking how you and your wife got involved in writing for a travel magazine?
     
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    I haven't been to a lot of countries (Just Canada), but I have met a lot of people from many different parts of the world who I have been friends with and remain friends with... I think that is important as well. I have been through and visited quite a few states.

    I didn't go out of state for college...money was too important and plus a lot of kids get tuition grants for staying in their own states now...so I don't think that as a hinder to your education. You certainly meet many different people while attending college.

    I do have a cousin who speaks 5 languages... she moves and I get an email in 3 languages...LOL!!!
     

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