Your academic days may be behind you, but don’t let that ever stop you from learning more. Mid-life (or even quarter-life) crises are a thing because humans get pretty uncomfortable when we realize we have become stagnant. Travel has long been a means for novel escape but it can also be an opportunity for regeneration. Even for adults, studying abroad makes for a meaningful travel experience that fuels personal growth. Get Unstuck There are periods in your life when you reach a plateau. You become disenchanted with adulting, you yearn for a change of scenery and an opportunity to grow. […]
Meaningful travel can be hard to come by. Many people want their trips to inspire, enlighten and transform them – but it is increasingly difficult with the current popular travel culture focused entirely on consumption. It can feel like you are on a conveyor belt of what to see / eat / buy next. Sadly, tourism-as-usual offers little but a shallow experience to people who are seeking some kind of significance in their short-term travels. How does someone escape treating the world as a theme park and instead have encounters that feed the soul? The answer lies in traveling to […]
Traveling comes pretty naturally to us humans. Whether it was due to hunting, migration, trade, conflict, curiosity; we have moved about the earth ever since we started walking on two legs. Not every person will go great distances in their lifetime, but each of us travels in some way. Why do you go far? Nowadays, you can group most of the individual reasons for travel into one of five categories. We have ranked them by increasing level of depth. Deep travel is a relatively new buzzword in tourism that aims to establish itself as threshold for meaningful journeys. It can be a […]
Travel is not a neutral activity. As humans move about the globe, our presence in any place has impact. If we want to consider ourselves conscious/responsible/ethical (not tourists but) travelers then good intentions are not enough. Our individual impact is what matters. If you are not aware or concerned with your individual impact then you are traveling recklessly.
What we do at Actuality Abroad hinges on the existence of changemakers.
Changemakers are individuals or organizations who develop innovative and sustainable solutions to chronic social or environmental problems found in their communities. Some changemakers shift the course of human development, earning them international recognition and a permanent place in our histories. Yet, much more often, changemakers are known only in their own communities.