Venturer Sara Beaumont describes her magical experience in Lisbon this past June: '“I didn’t see this experience coming. It’s the very first stamp on my passport. Looking back, I’m overwhelmed by the magic of the first days in Lisbon and the impact of the journey over the course of the month. If you’re considering a trip with VWI, then do it! It’s a perfect time.”
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Have you ever felt that your digestion was off as you climb to 10,000 feet off to lands unknown? When you land you can't quite figure out what to eat in order to not feel bloated, constipated, gassy? 14 years ago, this was my struggle on every trip I took! Now, after years of studying nutrition, I use my journey to health to help travelers avoid these issues.
Not long ago I had a conversation with an individual who was thinking about traveling to volunteer. They were struggling with elements related to this activity, such as, how much money it would cost; the necessary time off from work; and what skills (if any) would be required. Although the conservation varied, the discussion tended to stay focused on the topic of skills-based volunteering. Many questions emerged. Should they consider utilizing their skills, or would a great attitude be enough? Do community projects really need skilled volunteers, or does it really matter? While there may be some merits associated with needed unskilled labor in some contexts, such as clearing trash from ocean-side beaches, according to academic research, skills-based volunteering does matter. Here are top four reasons why.
Making travel meaningful is a deliberate decision. One with opportunities to gain personal and cultural insights in new places, revitalize with new experiences and allow yourself to become the traveler you always wanted to be. It’s different for everyone. But world wide travel won’t be slowing down any time soon. And fit-cation wellness travel has become the new status symbol of a productive healthy lifestyle. At the top of that list? A brain-body boost of revitalization.
Lisbon has been a popular holiday destination for international travelers for decades. Venture with Impact is proud to host programs in this vibrant city. Experience Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital through tasting the rich style of Portuguese food. With a strong maritime tradition, many of Lisbon’s restaurants sit atop picturesque hills and feature breathtaking sea fare . We compiled a list of must-try restaurants, ranging from Michelin star experiences to the casual tapas bar. Here is our top 10 list:
There is no cookie cutter path to finding a career with social impact. Making an impact in your day to day work is no longer limited to a job with a non-profit organization. With a general trend towards social responsibility in the US and around the world, there are a number of new career tracks in impact and limitless ways to arrive to your ideal position.
After studying Spanish for years, I landed in Madrid for my study abroad and couldn’t understand a thing! Truth be told, my Spanish was still BASIC! Fast forward ten years - after some time living in Latin America, and traveling throughout the region, I am now much closer to being an advanced speaker. However, I also have a much better understanding of what it means to be fluent in a language. Here are some tips and resources I have used in my language journey:
Retreats are becoming more and more popular as vacationers look to grow and develop themselves both personally and professionally. As Seneca said, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."
The physical change in location can facilitate an internal change in perspective. I know when I travel, I'm always more open to things. This can be especially helpful when contemplating a career shift and is why career exploration retreats can be particularly beneficial.
Traveling is prime reading time. Sitting at a café alternating between people watching and reading is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon while on vacation. It’s also one of the times I can focus and think bigger picture about my own life and career. Here are a few to inspire you on the next leg of your journey!
We are excited to announce a collaboration with Pivot Journeys, an organization that offers experiences for career growth and development. Both Venture with Impact and Pivot Journeys strongly believe that international travel can have a positive impact on your career, whether you are negotiating your role or trying to figure out what comes next. With that in mind, we are sharing an inspiring post by Pivot Journeys, "How Travel Fuels your Career". So pack your laptop to work and travel inspired by the world around you. Your career will thank you!