Jason presents a unique perspective about the potential logistical hurdles of both domestic and international travel, simultaneously creating a dynamic, engaging, and insightful dialogue with students. This is the perfect event to collaborate with your Multicultural Services or Study Abroad Offices. This talk will empower students looking to travel while in school or those taking a gap year after their degree.
Safety comes in many different forms. Jason will discuss how to avoid countries or (more commonly) regions that might be problematic to travel in.
He will also discuss some of the things to watch for and how to pick secure lodgings, avoid scams, and select a mode of transportation that is going to maximize your time while keeping you in one piece.
One of the major hurdles that a traveler will face, if they are doing it with open eyes, is understanding their place in the world.
When this topic is included Jason will lead a discussion about what it means to live in a caring society that appreciates all its global citizens.
Often a traveler must consider his or her impact on the flora and fauna when traveling within a region. Going on an Elephant ride through the jungle can be exhilarating, however, how do you ensure the ethical treatment of the elephant?
The conversation on eco-tourism will also delve into selecting lodgings and adventures in a way that is appropriate and supportive of a sustainable economy for the local eco- and social-system.
Privilege can be a tricky subject for anyone to discuss. Using very tangible examples of privilege, like being invited to special ceremonies purely based on skin tone, this conversation will engage the participants to carefully consider their own privilege.
Jason will also discuss how the impact of being a minority occurs within context; you must account for power and privilege. The experience of being unique in a village can be informative and valuable, but must be taken in context.
Financing is the most common question that comes up when discussing travel. There are many useful airline/hotel websites to go to, however, thinking in just this one dimension can hamper your ability to be creative about how to get somewhere and get around on the cheap.
In a world of deep interconnection, it can be relatively easy to get around if you know the right places to look. Jason will delve into the process of selecting a destination.
Did you know that mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn? Knowing this little tidbit can save you from getting Malaria. Stuck somewhere without a mosquito net? Put a strong fan on to prevent mosquitoes from landing on you at night.
What's the use of going to a new place if you are sick the whole time? Then again, why go to a new place if you can't enjoy the food! In this module we discuss how to find safe street food, water purification techniques, and more!
If you fail to prepare, then you are preparing to fail. This module will focus primarily on how to research and pack for your trips. What books and resources can you trust? Which guidebook is best? Where should the bulk of the weight in your pack be? What should you pack?
The tips in this module are absolutely essential for any trip. The techniques are largely universal and transfer to just about any trip.
Work & Volunteer Opportunities
Some of the most fulfilling travel comes through service or a deep sense of purpose and meaning. Simultaneously, many of these opportunities can lead to decreased costs and potentially lifelong contacts. This module will focus on how to be proactive about work/volunteerism. Jason will discuss how to research opportunities, what to expect, and what opportunities might be most appropriate for the desired length of stay.
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hey I'm jason
I'm the ninja behind the travel hacking. My favorite things include guide books, lifestraws, and backpacks.