Transitions Abroad Magazine January/February 2008 Vol. XXXI, NO.4
Dominica bills itself as “the nature island of the Caribbean” for good reason, says writer Peggy Coonley. “Its spectacular lush and varied flora and fauna are protected by an extensive natural park system, it is the most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters, and the island is characterized by wonders like Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the world.”
Back Door Travel by Rick Steves
The Resourceful Traveler by Tim Leffel
Independent Travel by Rob Sangster
Senior Travel by Alison Gardner
Ask the Expat by Volker Poelzl
Local Encounters by Michele Peterson
The Intentional Traveler by Michael McCarthy
Hiking the Ancient Road of Kumano Winifred Bird
Working and Living Abroad
This issue’s special section on short-term jobs, including teaching English overseas, includes the following articles:
How to Find Jobs: One Teacher’s Experience and Tips Claire Varley
Activist Responsible Traveler
Travel to Eat
Abroad at Home
From the Editor
The End of a Journey
The past year was marked by many changes at Transitions Abroad. As you know, Transitions Abroad founder Dr. Clay Hubbs passed away on March 29, 2007. Clay bravely and resolutely set out in 1977 to pioneer “a new kind of travel magazine” dedicated to all who travel to learn. He introduced educational and responsible travel into Transitions Abroad long before these concepts were fashionable.
But Clay was never concerned with fashion; rather, he prided himself on not publishing a glossy magazine and, instead, one that cut to the heart of the matter.
Thanks to you—Transitions Abroad’s staff, contributing editors and columnists, writers, readers, and advertisers—Clay’s magazine thrived for more than 30 years, even without flashy graphics. Your international experiences, knowledge, and advice helped establish Transitions Abroad as a trusted source for independent-minded travelers to plan mind-enriching, purposeful travel year after year. Rick Steves recently called Transitions Abroad “the tough little hero of travel publishing…the Nation magazine of travel.”
Like all great journeys, though, Transitions Abroad’s is coming to an end. This January/February 2008 issue is our final magazine.
It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with a community—or, a “tribe,” as Rob Sangster says in his article—of passionate travelers who not only care about exploring new places and meeting diverse people but who also care about their wellbeing. We are grateful you selected our magazine as the place to share your stories and learn from others in our tribe.
While I am sad to be the last editor and publisher of one of the oldest and most respected special-interest travel magazines out there, I also look forward to Transitions Abroad’s flourishing future online.
TransitionsAbroad.com is an outstanding resource that has been called “a golden needle in the [internet] haystack.” Clay wrote, in 2002, “Thanks to the superhuman efforts of my son Gregory [the website] was reorganized and rebuilt from the ground up.” It now has the majority of information compiled from the past ten years of its 30-year existence.
Gregory and Clay’s wife, Dr. Joanna Hubbs, will continue offering a wealth of travel editorial, commentary, and resources online. The Hubbs are excited about expanding TransitionsAbroad.com and upholding the same editorial integrity that the magazine has maintained. They will be taking TransitionsAbroad.com to a new level by offering a greater breadth of content than ever before. The goal is to encourage and inspire new audiences, as well as to remain a tried and true practical resource for Transitions Abroad’s loyal readers. The coming expansion of the website this spring will offer ever greater flexibility for featuring the voices of Transitions Abroad’s columnists and contributing editors while seeking to expand the voice of the community. In addition, the resource section of the website will be extended yet further beyond that of any other travel website even as the information will be organized with 5,000,000 visitors per year worldwide in mind.
As I move on to continue my work as director of The Abroad View Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes global education and cross-cultural understanding, I join the community of travelers who will always stand with the ideals upon which Transitions Abroad was founded.
I wish you all many more transformative international experiences, which I hope to read about on TransitionsAbroad.com. Most of all, thank you again for making Transitions Abroad magazine possible and for being part of its journey.
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