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Transitions Abroad Magazine May/June 2000 Vol. XXIII, No. 6



Latin America Travel Planner
Now Is the Best Time to Visit Latin America!
Transitions Abroad contributing editor, guidebook author and host of the acclaimed website, Ron Mader gives all the reasons why now is the best time to make a trip to Latin America.

Information Exchange

Travel News to Use

Worldwide Travel Bargains

  • Mexico
    Festivals in Jalapa by Tom DeMott
    Baja California by Car by John Gruppo
  • Nepal
    Everest on the Cheap by Anna van Os
  • Switzerland
    Affordable Alpine Retreat by Dinah Cardin
  • Worldwide
    Overseas Airfare Consolidators by Kent St. John

Back Door Travel
Rick Steves' Picks: The Best and the Worst of Europe

Transitions Abroad Q and A by Kari Bodnarchuk

Travel Abroad

The Independent Traveler

  • You've Got Mail!
    Communicating From Abroad by Kent St. John
  • Crossing Canada
    Take a Terrestrial Cruise by Dave Preston

Special Issue

Language Vacations Worldwide

Participant Stories

  • Roger L. Edwards, Jr. discovers that life with his host family outside of the classroom in Costa Rica is just as important as what happens inside it.
  • After covering a year of Spanish in a month in Guatemala John K. Graham is a believer in total immersion while Amy Hackney Blackwell finds that intensive Language Learning in a medievel German Village is a little like summer camp for adults.
  • Christine Bezaire goes to Italy and happily reports that it's never too late to learn a new language.
  • Steve Wilson studies Spanish in the north of Spain.

Language Program Directory
Language schools around the world with names, email contacts, fax and other program information to learn a language overseas.

Work Abroad: The Working Traveler

  • Latin American Links by Susan Griffith
  • Latin America on the Web by Ron Mader
  • Crewing a Boat: Travel as Free as the Wind by Julia Bartlett
  • Women on Ice: Antarctica is no longer a Men's Club by Lisa Ann Williams

Education Abroad

Program News and Notes

Advertiser Index



Why Travel? by Amy Huberman

From the Managing Editor

I have spent some time in Rio de Janeiro last fall, and I have often wondered during the intervening months why it took me until then to make my first visit to Latin America. I have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer, but I do know that I won't wait another lifetime to go back, especially after preparing this issue. From Ron Mader's comprehensive Latin American travel planner, with country-by-country updates by the editors of the Latin American Travel Advisor, to Susan Griffith's extensive "Latin American Links", on teaching in the region, to Roger Edwards memories of his life-changing homestay in Costa Rica, I've spent the last two months plotting ways to make a return trip as soon as possible!

But it hasn't only been the call of Latin America that has made it so hard to get this issue to the printer. Every time I sat down to edit the Language Program Directory I got distracted. Why couldn't I run off to Tuscany and study Italian? Then I would remember that I had to get these programs into your hands, so you can run off to your own dream destination.

If you find that May/June issue puts ideas into your head, just wait. Our next issue is the Overseas Travel Planner covering travel worldwide — it will show you how to make those dreams real!

Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter

Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

Managing Editor
Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn,
William Hoffa,
William Nolting

Contributing Editors
Kari Bodnarchuk (Travel Q & A)
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
William Nolting (Work)
Kent St. John (Independent Travel)
Ted Shoemaker (Europe)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Susan Sygall (Disability Travel)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)

Business Manager
Lisa Green

Production Manager
Gian Lombardo

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo
Ricardo Funari
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