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Roadschooling

Posted by: | October 25, 2013 | No Comment |

Dylan DeMichiel recently wrote a post for our You Travel Blogging Mentorship Program. Great interview regarding his mother’s travels. Have a look:

 

Over the past six years, my mom has traveled across America in an RV and visited all 50 states. She has been to major cities all over the world, including London, New York, Dublin, Los Angeles, Miami, and Paris. She has taken several backpacking trips through Europe, visiting Italy, France, England, Ireland, Germany, Budapest, Czech Republic, Austria, and Croatia. Oh, and did I mention that I was with her on all those trips? Yeah, my mom is pretty cool!

 

Rita DeMichiel - Taking Education on the Road

 

Read on at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/taking-education-road.html

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Watch the Peacocks

Posted by: | October 25, 2013 | No Comment |

William Wellman recently wrote a post for our Wandering Educators Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program. I love his pictures. Take a look!

 

Apparently gardens make really good zoos, though that’s no excuse to let the neighbor’s pets run through your flowerbeds. In the case of the Wilhelma Zoological Botanical Garden inStuttgart, Germany (we just call it Wilhelma), it’s very true! The place was originally a park for the rich and privileged back in the day when royal families still ruled over Germany. Over the years since, it’s become a zoo of the highest quality, still retaining the lush greenery and care for nature that the original park possessed; oddly personified by the peacocks who range the park freely.

 

Peacock, Wilhelma Zoo, Germany

 

Continue reading at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/wilhelma-zoo-where-peacocks-run-free.html

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Christian DeMichiel recently wrote a post for our Wandering Educators Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Programs about potentials careers oversees. He does a great job comparing the two. Have a look:

 

I’ve always been interested in a career with an international focus. At the moment, two  jobs interest me. The first is teaching English abroad, and the other is working as an international photographer. Both careers involve traveling, which is something I truly enjoy. Here’s why these two career paths intrigue me:

 

The world is your oyster!

 

Continue Reading at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/people-pictures-and-places-opportunities-abound.html

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Meeting Blackbeard

Posted by: | October 22, 2013 | No Comment |

Great post by Dylan DeMichiel on our Youth Blogging Mentorship Program. Love how he wrapped everything together at the end. Look for yourself:

 

After a long day of exploring Ocracoke Island and scanning the gift shops, my family and I decided to head back to the campground we were staying at. As soon as we returned to our tent, I crawled inside and fell asleep. When I woke up, the sun glinting in my eyes, I could hear waves crashing instead of my parents talking. Startled and scared, I sat up and tried to figure out where I was. I realized that I was no longer in my tent, but lying on a beach! I saw the ocean waves crashing upon a shore of brown sand, cluttered with broken shells and split apart logs. How did I get here?

 

As I walked with trepidation down the coastline, I came upon a long-bearded man, dressed in torn clothes, washed up on shore. I ran up to him, wondering if he was okay. In an attempt to offer my assistance, I got down on my knees and pulled gently on his long black, tangled hair.  As I lifted the man’s sopping wet head, he sat up and coughed out what seemed like gallons of salty sea water. Stunned, I scrambled away from him. When I turned to look back, I noticed a shiny steel sword hanging from his side. The man looked over, pulled out his sword – brandishing it toward me – and slowly stood up.

 

“What be yer name?” the man questioned.

 

Blackbeard

 

Keep reading at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/blackbeard’s-final-fight.html

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Christoph Hodel wrote a post in our Youth Travel Blogging mentorship program. He does a great job at introducing the Geneva area. Read on!

 

After my sophomore year in high school, I didn’t think I could handle another year of small-town life in Minnesota…spending time with the same people and going to the same places that I’ve been staying with my whole life. I don’t want to give an impression of hating my home, because I love Northfield! I simply needed a break. Someone apparently answered my silent pleas, and my family was chosen to lead the Global Term Abroad program with St. Olaf College. My father teaches music theory at St. Olaf, which is a great connection. My sister, my parents, and I joined fourteen college students on a seven-country journey across the world:India, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, China, Korea, and Thailand.

 

Our first stop was Geneva, Switzerland. This city lies right on the border between France and Switzerland. Although the city is technically in Switzerland, about 95 percent of the inhabitants speak French because of its close proximity to France. So, unfortunately, my knowledge of German was often useless.

 

Geneva is centered around a lake. Lake Geneva is very beautiful, and features a huge fountain that shoots water one hundred and fifty feet straight up into the air. We all took a swim in it at one point, and the water was cloudy and extremely cold. I honestly didn’t care about that because I love swimming, and it’s not every day that I get to swim in a place like Switzerland!

 

Fountain on Lake Geneva

 

Continue reading at http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/geneva-global-term-abroad.html

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Avoid the Monkeys

Posted by: | October 22, 2013 | No Comment |

Jackson Duckworth, a writer for our Youth Travel Blog Mentorship Program, wrote a post on his visit to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. I love the way he brings the monkeys into every part of the post. Have a look!

 

I woke up in a muggy hotel room in Kathmandu, sweating from the heat. We would have slept with the windows open if it hadn’t been for the monkeys. Yes, I said monkeys. On our way through the streets of Kathmandu the day before I had witnessed a rather large monkey climb a building, go through an open window and out again with a piece of cake clutched in its hand. I began to notice monkeys everywhere. They swung across power lines, and walked among people and grocery stalls, stealing food and taking various other things. The people seemed to take no notice of them. I swear there should be monkey police with the authority to arrest monkeys for shoplifting! So we slept with the windows tightly shut.
Although a bit jet-lagged, I was famished. We—being me, my sister, my parents, and my grandparents—sat down to a wonderful, “American” breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast, with tasty mango juice.
After breakfast, my grandparents informed us that they had planned to take us toSwayambhunath, otherwise known as the Monkey Temple. The Monkey Temple is a giant temple where monkeys thrive and are worshiped. I suddenly realized why the monkeys on the streets are never bothered; to the Nepalese, they are holy. I had decided I didn’t like monkeys, so I voted against it. But my parents and grandparents agreed to go, and so I tagged along with them.

Monkey Temple, Kathmandu

 

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Paul Bunyan in the Woods

Posted by: | October 17, 2013 | No Comment |

Harrison Boyink, one of the writers for our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship program, recently wrote a post of a dream-like meeting with Paul Bunyan. I love how he makes Paul come alive. Have a look!

 

I walked through the woods in Michigan, as I love doing. I love woods, so green and… woody. I wandered around, taking it all in – the smell of earth, the sounds of leaves and birds, the feel of the cool breeze, the almost-unpleasant taste of rotting leaves in the air. I stared, wondering how I could put it into words or even capture the entire thing in a photo. I pulled out my camera as I walked, not watching where I was going. I must have tripped on a root or something, because I suddenly fell and smashed my head into a tree trunk. I blacked out.

 

Looking up through the leaves

Photo courtesy flickr creative commons: A. Blight

 

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Sicily Kolbeck, one of the students in our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, recently interviewed Drew and Crystal Odom, founders of the Tiny House movement. I loved how Drew and Crystal really got how travel changes lives. Take a look…

 

I have wanted to travel abroad for as long as I can remember. The promise of stepping off the transport, being thrust into a new culture with different rules (written and unwritten) and different ways of life excites. Travelling around the US has given me some experience, but I can’t just jump into traveling abroad and expect to know everything.

 

When I first met Crystal and Andrew Odom (along with their adorable daughter Tilly Madison), our meeting was completely unrelated to travel. I was building an 8×16 foot house on a trailer (still in progress), and to get some advice on how to complete the task, I broke into the society of Tiny House folk. If the Tiny House community was America, Drew and Crystal would be Christopher Columbus, plus all of the founding fathers, plus George Washington. They basically created, developed, and guided the Tiny House community until it found its footing in the world. So, on a chilly Georgia morning, I rolled into Barnesville, GA with my mother. We talked for hours wandering around their small house work shack. One topic that came up was international travel. Crystal traveled on missionary work for a major part in her adult life. Drew traveled at first as a student for a performing arts high school, and then to gain experiences.

 

Odom Family - Tiny House

 

That first meeting was the beginning of a long friendship. Over the past year, we have talked quite a bit and I am always intrigued by their experiences abroad. I asked them some questions about travel and international experiences, and their answers certainly did not disappoint.

 

 

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Miranda Boyink, a member of our Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, travels around the US full time with her family, in their RV. She shares the small town joys of a RV park in Zeeland, Michigan. I’d like a Tommy Turtle, please…

 

One of the best campgrounds to stay in Zeeland, MI is Dutch Treat. Just ask anybody who seems to know the town, and they will tell you that Dutch Treat is one of the best places to go, especially for the happy aura and friendly staff. Most people don’t notice it as they pass on Chicago Dr as it’s shrouded by trees and advertised by an obnoxious billboard that has been there for years. The trailers never seem to move. They just stay in one place year round.

 

Camping at Dutch Treat, Zeeland, Michigan

 

Dutch Treat offers fantastic wifi, a nine-foot deep pool, an awesome playground, a small book exchange, and a game/TV room for the teenagers.

 

The bathrooms are kept up very nicely, unlike a lot of RV parks. There are no bugs in the stalls, and there is even carpet on the floor. The showers are very clean, and have plenty of hot water.

 

- See more at: http://www.wanderingeducators.com/accommodations/short-term/camping-zeeland-%E2%80%93-real-dutch-treat.html

The place to stay in Zeeland, Michigan

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Exmouth Whale Shark Festival

Posted by: | September 20, 2013 | No Comment |

Austin Weihmiller, a student in our teen travel blogging class, recently wrote an assignment about an unusual festival in Australia. He even took a video on his iphone, to enhance our learning experience! Take a look…

 

Not quite the case. There a few places around the world where one can get up close and swim alongside the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark. It was promise made by Mom. She said she’d take me anywhere in the world to ring in 16. No rules. No boundaries. Just a family, some cake, and maybe a flight or two. We found ourselves in the orange red Outback of Western Australia, in the tiny town of Exmouth. For hundreds of miles in any direction, there was nothing but desert, periwinkle skies and the glistening Indian Ocean. Seeing a passing car on the lonely highway was something of a miracle: life, besides hoop snakes and dropbears, really did exist in this barren land.

 

The town was founded in the ’60s as an American Base, home to a top secret submarine refueling station. It was a mini America hidden in the sprawling Outback. On the edge of town, drivers had to switch to the right side of the road; American dollars was the only accepted currency; though it never held a drop of anything, a water tower was built to make soldiers feel more at home. Locals of the area swear that much more happened on base than submarine refueling though. Something of supernatural proportions.

 

Up until about 20 years ago, the mini America thrived, until the military spontaneously left, literally just by turning off the lights and walking out the door. The barrackswere left to the elements. The bowling alley, a favorite amongst those stationed in Exmouth, was left just as is, pins and balls still set up, ready for game play. The community was at a loss of what to do. The Americans were their only source of income. Close to 800 miles north of Perth, the town had to come up with new means to support themselves. Fast.

 

Not only being home to a strange base that now resembles the set of a post-apocalyptic movie, complete with wild dingoes, Exmouth is the gateway to Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia’s call to the Great Barrier. The 260km long reef, a mosaic of colorful and diverse life, is home to what locals call ‘spotty fish’. The whale shark. These mammoth creatures migrate down to the warm waters of Exmouth between late April and Early August for the spawning of the corals, and feast on the bounties of plankton. Someone had the genius idea of charging tourists a small fortune to get in the water and swim with the spotty fish. And to this day, the idea has kept the town thriving, turning it into a diverse and interesting melting pot of adventurers and Aussies.

 

Whale sharks on fire?!

 

 

 

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An unusual festival in Australia

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