12reasonstotravelTravel, whether abroad or somewhere in the United States, for a weekend or a semester, has a plethora of benefits. It does a person good to get away, relax, and unwind. It gives couples time to reunite with each other and for families, opportunities to build memories that will last a lifetime. You can go to the beach, to the mountains, to a bed and breakfast, go abroad to visit The Blarney Stone in Ireland or The Eiffel Tower in France. Before you head out research travel coupon codes to help stay within your travel budget. Read on for 12 reasons to pack your bag and travel.

  1. Practice your conversational skills in your native or foreign language with the locals and tourists. Communicate and socialize while eating out, shopping, checking in to your hotel, renting a car and taking a tour.
  2. There are so many opportunities to meet new people. Consider booking a pre-arranged tour through a travel agency or tour guide.
  3. Food. Try something you’ve never had before. Maybe even never heard of before! Find out the hometown fare in your destination and indulge.
  4. Here’s your chance to try something new: scuba diving, parasailing, zip lining, wind surfing. hiking, downhill skiing and more.
  5. Consider a cruise. While on the cruise you can relax around on the pool or on the deck, sleep late, take day trips at different ports, dine with the captain, enjoy the night light, and so much more.
  6. Be spontaneous. Take a road trip, stopping when you want at the different roadside attractions on a scenic route. Leave the time table at home.
  7. Gather your girlfriends and take a weekend shopping trip to a new city or state.
  8. Traveling can make home seem all that much sweeter when you come back. Especially when you come home rejuvenated and relaxed.
  9. Traveling teaches you history, sociology, and geography hands-on when you visit the museums, art galleries, historical sites.
  10. Experience different cultures in a different state or another country. For example, in New Orleans you have the French and Creole cultures to experience with food and music native to their culture or abroad.
  11. Endless choices as you have forty-nine states and one hundred ninety-five countries that you can visit so you will never run out of somewhere to travel for culture, adventure, or just relaxation
  12. Imagine the great adventures and stories you will have to share with your friends and family when you get home.


Global PanoramaIf you are a travel enthusiast, work and travel programs may be the best choice for you. Working and traveling abroad allows you to finance a trip you may otherwise not have been able to afford. Consider the opportunities that await you when working overseas: widening your career prospects, better opportunities for your profession, a change in your working environment and discovering a new country and its culture in depth, without having to worry about a travel budget. Read below for benefits of working abroad.

Benefits of Work and Travel Program

There are several benefits, which you can avail by working in another country:

Enhancing Knowledge & Growing Independent

When you work and travel abroad together, you will have a better perspective of the world, and while you are at it, you will be able to enhance your knowledge about different cultures & traditions. It will widen your horizon of understanding people and you will be able to connect to their countries and choices. It will also help to clear any misunderstanding they may have for other nationalities.

Moreover, it will provide you with the chance to be more independent, something, which you may not be able to do in your own country. Since you will be inside of an unfamiliar territory, you will be able to grow more responsible, and gain a feeling of independence. You will learn to live on your own, and how to take care of all the basic needs.

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International Breakup_NinaTWhy is it that you always hear or read about messy or sudden breakups, but you never seem to hear about the one that I now find myself having to go through? The planned separation, the separation that neither of us truly wants to happen but know must?

I have been so fortunate during my time here in Spain to enter into what has so far been the best relationship of my life. I have spent the past one and a half years with a man who has shown me what it means to be respected and loved and accepted unconditionally.

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Today we’re announcing a new traveler interview column. Our first interview is with Stephanie Arbetter who is currently studying abroad in Barcelona with CEA Global Education. Want to hear more about Stephanie’s travels you can view her blog at Stephanie Arbetter: Abroad and follow her tweets @starbetter.

Stephanie at the Plaza Catalunya (Plaça Catalunya) Fountain

  1. What is your name? Stephanie Arbetter
  2. How old are you? 21
  3. What university do you go to? University of Georgia
  4. What is your major? Journalism with an emphasis in Publication Management, Minor: Spanish
  5. Where are you in the world right now? Barcelona, Spain
  6. Where are you studying? University of Barcelona
  7. What made you decide to study abroad? The desire to be independent, live in Europe and learn a language.
  8. What were your biggest fears before you left home to study abroad? That I would not meet like minded Americans who were interested in traveling the same places as me and doing/seeing the same things on each trip.
  9. Looking back how do you feel your life would be different if you had not traveled and studied abroad? I would feel as if I didn’t take the opportunity when I was young to see the world and experience different destinations and cultures.
  10. Is there anything that you would change about how you prepared for your study abroad trip? I would have looked more closely into the pros and cons of different study abroad programs for each location. There are things I like and dislike about the study abroad program I went through.
  11. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go when traveling? Sit at a cafe in the most crowded square or plaza of each city, order their traditional drink or food and simply people watch.
  12. If you could offer one piece of advice to girls looking to travel and study abroad, what would you say? Do not wander the streets alone, always look confident that you know where you are going even if you aren’t, keep your wits about you and don’t drink a drink that you did not see made or opened yourself. As girls we are targets especially because we are unfamiliar with the language, the city and the traditions per each culture. I have heard that in some places even a simple smile suggests more than we think! I recommend doing some research beforehand, just to be safe.

Jerri with the xtranormals in AustinThis last weekend I had the chance to go to SXSW Interactive in Austin.  Having worked in web marketing and in our efforts in building the DIWYY website, I’ve heard a lot about this geeky event and wanted to go, but never really thought that it would have any good info pertaining to travel.  Boy was I wrong! I learned so much from attending panels, discussions and the “Day of the Nomad” and wanted to pass along some of the things I learned.

You Don’t Have To Be A Travel Writer to Make Money and Travel

Of the many people I met at southby, many of them were from all around the country and a lot were from somewhere other than the States. I saw quite a few Australians and Brits. OK. So what’s my point? Most of these people are in the tech or design industry. They often travel for conferences and business meetings.  So why do so many travel websites focus on travel writing as a means to travel? It’s not the only way. In fact, I would say that you could probably travel more comfortably as a tech geek than a travel writer.

For example, check out Phil Campbell, a Brit, who I spoke to briefly on the Day of the Nomad.  He’s undeniably a tech geek, but a very cool geek. Check out his current projects, but mostly check out his Digital Nomad Jacket (not quite women’s fashion ready yet, but definitely very nomad friendly). He’s got a QR code on his jacket that leads to a copy of his passport! How geeky, cool and convenient is that?

Learn a New Trade and Oh The Places You’ll Go

Another interesting guy I met, Mark J. Walsh, Jr., had just come back from six months in Antarctica only to make it just in time to New Zealand for the earthquake on his first day back.  How does one manage to spend six months in the arctic you ask? Yes, I certainly did. Mark said he trained to become a professional weather observer just so he could realize his dream of going to Antarctica. Such a fascinating story and great guy. On top of that, Mark makes these super cool, lightweight but durable wallets specifically for travelers. Fashioned out of the sail material used on sailboats, Mark designs and sews, yes sews, the wallets himself. And he did this while he was in Antarctica.  Yes, in case you’re wondering, Mark’s carry-on to the arctic was a sewing machine. Check out his beautiful wallets and get one for yourself on his website, BareFoot Wallets.

Become a one woman (or man) Samantha Brown (or Rick Steves) by hosting your own tours

At the trade show portion of SXSWi I ran upon a booth called iTourU. They created an app that “lets you discover, experience, publish and share pocket tours about anything. Guide friends through foreign cities, pass on your local knowledge and curate the experiences of others.” Seriously, how much fun does this sound? I can’t wait to use this app and I really can’t wait to see what you do too! Please share with us your tours!

Geeks Travel Too ( I would now happily, classify myself as a Geek)!

The Day of the Nomad, the great idea of Chris and Cherie from Technomadia, was a huge success. So many location independents, nomad wannabes and tech nomads were in attendance to the session Technomadism – Becoming a Technology Enabled Nomad hosted by Cherie & Chris and How to Make Money While Traveling Around the World discussion hosted by Jason BoehleTynan. I had the chance to finally meet Matt of fame, Gary of Everything Everywhere, the lovely Anis from Tripping and Carmen from NuNomad. Hopefully, they do it again next year. I will definitely be there!

Austin is Amazing!

I already knew this, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded-Austin is an amazing city. If you’ve never been, go! If you’ve been before, go again. Hopefully we’ll see you at SXSW 2012!

This post was written by DIWYY co-founder, Jerri Stephenson, a traveler and a geek.