Traveling Away

28 May

Good morning, ladies and gents!

I am headed to South America and therefore won’t be posting for the next few weeks. Good thing Sarah has a number of guest authors lined up to keep this blog acookin’! But I should mention that travel seems to be the prescription advice for many graduation speakers this year. Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, speaking at Middlebury’s commencement, told students to travel to experience the world. Christiane Amanpour said the same, encouraging students to take a year off:

Beyond the armies and treasure of the United States deployed to these places, they need armies of people like you who are graduating today, civilians wielding … high ideals, smart ideas, smartly deployed to really make development work

But the common complaint from graduates I am hearing this is: I don’t have money to just travel the world. And I’m surprised that speakers don’t address this. They wax idealistic about the benefits of travel but really, how do you make traveling work for you? It doesn’t take a ton of money to travel, but it does take some thought and often a small pot of money to get started. Professional world traveler Nora Dunn combines being cheap and working for accommodation to get by on $14,000 per year. Chris Guillebeau is a frequent flyer master (or arbitrager) and has lots of practical ways to make it work too.

To be clear, travel post-grad is not the same as study abroad and frankly shouldn’t be the same.

Peace out until mid-June,



One Response to “Traveling Away”

  1. Nora Dunn June 1, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    Thanks for the mention, Ryan! As I get even more travel experience under my belt (I’ve been on the road for 3 years, and I wrote the article you linked to a year ago), I think you can actually travel full-time for less than $14,000/year. Enjoy South America!

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