Transitions Abroad Magazine May/June 2007 Vol. XXX, NO.6
Back Door Travel by Rick Steves
The Resourceful Traveler by Tim Leffel
International Career Adviser by Jean-Marc Hachey (magazine only)
Local Encounters by Michele Peterson
The Intentional Traveler by Michael McCarthy
Immersion Travel: The Americas
Community Tourism in Ecuador Eric Hartman
Living and Working Abroad
Ask the Expat: How Safe is it to Live Overseas? Volker Poelzl
Timothy Ferriss: Secrets of the 4-Hour Workweek by Sherry Schwarz
This section showcases a broad range of language programs and vacations. Imagine taking French lessons and cooking classes in Paris, or learning to weave and speak Spanish in a Mexican village. Does the Costa del Sol sound like a good destination for eating paella and learning to roll your “R”s? Could you brush up your Russian on an extended trip to St. Petersburg? Time living and learning the language in another country is time well spent, as you’ll discover from the stories included in this issue.
Ask the Right Questions Jann Huizenga
Abroad at Home
Travel to Eat
As this issue was going to press we learned the sad news that Transitions Abroad Founder, Dr. Clayton Hubbs, passed away on March 29 after a long illness. Even with Clay’s deft editing, this space would hardly have been sufficient to describe the fullness of his life and the depth of his character.
I am deeply indebted to Clay for giving me the opportunity to carry on his life’s work in publishing Transitions Abroad. Clay started his pioneering magazine at a time when there were few resources available for people who traveled to learn. The magazine began as a family effort inspired by the Hubbs’ experience traveling and living abroad, and it went on to become what Rick Steves calls “the tough little hero of travel publishing…the Nation magazine of travel.” Although Clay, modest as he was, would never have said this, because of his magazine thousands of people have studied, traveled, lived, and worked all around the world.
Upon the occasion of Transitions Abroad’s 30th anniversary this past July, Clay wrote:“The purpose of the magazine was to provide [readers with] the detailed information they need to enable them to meet the people of other countries, to speak their languages, to immerse themselves in their cultures, and thereby to ‘transition’ to a new level of understanding and appreciation of our common humanity.”
When I met Clay for the first time in 2001, I was fresh out of college and publishing a magazine I had started for study abroad students called Abroad View. I telephoned Clay seeking his advice and, to my surprise, he took my call and invited me to meet him. I felt immediately welcomed by his gentle presence and the twinkle in his eye. Despite needing to prepare the magazine for press, he took the time to talk with me, fully encouraging me to pursue my dream—and, as I’ve learned over the years, he did this for almost anyone who reached out to him. Whether education abroad colleagues, novice writers, or newbies to the field of travel and tourism, Clay mentored many and helped launch more than a few careers.
Since I started publishing Transitions Abroad four years ago, I’ve heard from countless people who remember Clay printing their first article, receiving a handwritten note of encouragement from him, or being received on the telephone with a receptive ear and a soft spoken voice of wisdom. Clay was an incredible teacher, giving tirelessly of himself to empower other people. The more I knew him, the more I admired and respected his clarity, integrity, and human goodness. He was someone for whom truly the glass was half full.
Clay lived the life he wrote about, traveling abroad at least once a year since the 1950s and living abroad for varying lengths of time. All who knew Clay will remember him for his warmth, generosity, humility, humor, wit, and unwavering commitment to educational travel. He believed in, as he wrote, “positive change through travel—not just change in individual perceptions but putting what has been learned to use to make the world a better place for all of us.”
Clay will be missed deeply.
The best way we can honor Clay’s memory is to celebrate life and to travel well.
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