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Taking a mid-life gap year to see the world

Taking a mid-life gap year to see the world

Debra Lynkowski and her partner, Marc Archambault, were at the peak of their careers when they decided to sell their house, find a temporary home for their cats, and spend 8 months traveling around the world. Q: What compelled you to do this? A: I was going through a pretty intense period of self-reflection, which in itself was difficult to do because we were so fully engaged with our work and other commitments. I just knew that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Around the world, Spiritual travel, Travel itinerary, Why travel

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an island off Tanzania in East Africa. Historically it was known for its spices and slave markets. Today it’s best known for its beaches and Stone Town. Jessica Sunter spent three months there as a volunteer with Youth Challenge International. I was there working in a youth community centre with another young Canadian. I had studied international development at university and wanted to get some practical work experience. We lived and worked outside … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tanzania, Travel itinerary, Volunteer abroad

China: Looking back

China: Looking back

There have been profound economic and social changes in China over the past few years and a much improved tourist infrastructure is now in place. Not so long ago it was a challenge to travel in China and Charlotte Fanjoy, who was there for five weeks in 1987, recorded her impressions through verse. Culture shock If I can handle this, I can handle anything Crowds and crowds and crowds Nothing familiar: not clothes, or language, or food, or … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, Memorable moments, Travel tips

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

During her gap year in 1973, Gracie—a non-Jew—spent several months working on a kibbutz in Israel. Her time there was sandwiched between the murder of Israeli athletes and coaches at the summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany and the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states. Q: How did you know about the kibbutz movement? A: A girl I went to school with moved to Israel with her family and she sent letters … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Volunteer abroad

A Canadian/Mexican journey

A Canadian/Mexican journey

Canada is a large country so leaving home in Ottawa and travelling to Banff, Alberta is a long journey when you’re 18 years old (4000 km in fact). Banff was the start of Jessica’s gap year that ended with a backpacking trip through Mexico. Q: I understand you were quite determined to have a gap year. Why was that? A: I knew I didn’t want to go to university right after high school and my family supported … Read entire article »

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Gap year in places unlike home

Gap year in places unlike home

Editorial: Everyone who watched the recent British royal wedding of Will and Kate probably heard that Prince William—like many Brits—took a gap year between high school and university. During that year he took survival exercises with the Welsh Guards in Belize (sleeping in a hammock strung between trees), volunteered in Chile (where he helped construct walkways from log posts and taught English in local schools), and worked on a dairy farm in the UK (rising before … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Taking a gap year—typically a time of global travel and work between high school and college or university—has long been embraced by Britain and Australia where it is considered a rite of passage. The concept has been slower to catch on in North America but it’s now becoming more common and even major universities are promoting it. Harvard University has long encouraged admitted students to defer enrolment for one year to travel or pursue a special … Read entire article »

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Starting ridingthebuses.com

Starting ridingthebuses.com

Editorial: I started a blog a year ago about the value of “riding the buses in places unlike home”, about the importance of global travel. The blog has been expanded to a website, this website. This time my daughter, Jessica Sunter, is joining me as co-founder of the site.  Jessica became a world traveller at a young age. She’s not one who sees a country through its monuments but through its people. She rarely takes a photo. Everyone who travels a lot knows that … Read entire article »

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