The State Department of the United States has numerous resources and programs that can help make traveling and living overseas safer and keep you informed about what is happening in the country where you are traveling or living.

I admit, I have far too often packed way too much stuff when I have traveled. And I have so often regretted it! But over the last few years I’ve learned the advantages of traveling with a carry-on only.

We bounced along for hours over a rough road in the mountains of rural China.  A local friend had arranged for us to spend the day with his wife’s family who lived in a home made of packed mud perched on the side of a steep slope.

Whether you are taking a short trip or moving to live in a new culture, there are some key attitudes that will make the experience more enjoyable and enriching. I have learned that successful travel begins with your attitude.

At IDEAS, we talk about leveraging our professional skills to restore hope in communities around the world. Three years ago, IDEAS introduced the short-term trip option that allows many professionals the opportunity to be involved in a small way towards the bigger picture.  I just returned from East Asia where I saw love and hope at work in a short amount ...

The most important way to meaningfully enter into the life of a new country and culture is to learn the local language. Learning a new language is difficult.  It can make you feel like bungling three year old.  It may take months (or years!) to master. But the payoff is worth it.


 

Are you considering traveling with your children? I’d strongly encourage you to do so! While it can be a bit intimidating, the rewards are many. Whether you decide to take a road trip to a neighboring city or state, or board a plane to visit a new country, you will create memories that will last a lifetime.


 

Scott, our Asia Project Director, shares his six tips for sharing on social media while overseas:

It is wonderful to live in a world where we can share our experiences through social media. We can instantly share breathtaking pictures, describe exciting and challenging experiences, and innovatively connect with our family and friends.  Since ...


Scott, our Asia Project Operations Director, shares his insights on orienting your new life overseas.

Moving to a new city in a new country can be a disorienting experience. Nothing is familiar, you can’t read the road signs, and it is hard to ask directions in a new language. How do you get oriented in your new location?

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