Month: July 2018

What’s a Travel Grant, and How Do I Get One?

The ability to travel opens your eyes to worlds apart from your own. While this type of experience is invaluable, it does cost money — sometimes, a lot of money.

That’s where a travel grant comes in. This type of allowance provides the funds you need to get yourself around the world and back again.

What Is a Travel Grant?

In general, federal or state governments — as well as educational institutions — can provide you with a grant. As far as travel goes, though, they’re most often awarded by the latter.

Students who propose to travel to a far-flung destination should come to the awarding officer with a detailed proposal as to why this trip is essential. In most cases, they’ll have to show the type of research they’ll be able to conduct while they’re out of the country. If the university or organization providing the grant sees the value in the trip — say, it’s for research instead of relaxation — they will likely give a plan the go-ahead.

There’s a slight difference between travel grants and scholarships. To obtain the latter, one typically has to show proof of academic excellence or another exceptional talent. The money awarded often goes toward tuition fees incurred while studying abroad, which might make it harder to obtain a scholarship for research pursuits or cultural immersion.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Set Out On My First Solo Adventure

Your backpack is packed. Your budget is set. Your mom has told you repeatedly to remember to stay in touch. And you’re filled with nervous anticipation for your first solo trip! Maybe your friends were busy, completely broke, or simply not interested in traveling. Or maybe a solo adventure has always been something you’ve dreamed of and you finally worked up the courage to do it. Whatever the reason, you’re about to take off on what is bound to be a life-changing adventure! If you’ve never traveled solo before, here are a few things I wish I’d known before I set out on my first solo adventure:

Be vigilant with your valuables.

When you travel with a friend you have a higher margin for error. Sure, having your wallet and bank card get stolen or lost is a major annoyance, but at least a travel buddy can lend you some cash until you get sorted out. As a solo traveler, losing your wallet, money, or bank card can put you in quite a predicament. Separating your credit card or bank card from your wallet and stashing it in a pair of dirty socks or using a backpack with a secret compartment can be a real lifesaver. At least if your wallet and cash reserve goes missing, you’ll have a way of accessing more money to get by.

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