Printable Year Abroad Travel Packing Checklist

Posted by Up with People on January 9, 2019

Packing for a semester or year abroad can be challenging. Especially when you have that gut feeling that you must be forgetting something! That’s why we’ve put together a handy printable checklist of the items you will need for your journey. This list includes many items that are obvious, but also some things you might not think of. When it comes to packing, especially for a world tour with Up with People where you travel to a new city every week, less is more. We recommend taking only one checked bag and a backpack or duffel bag for daily use

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad

Seasoned Travel Pros Explain How To Actually Beat Jet Lag

Posted by Up with People on January 4, 2019

In a few weeks the new group of Up with People participants will arrive in Denver, Colorado to begin their adventure. They are coming from all over the world and will jump right into their gap year and study abroad adventures when they arrive. This means no time for jet lag! Symptoms of jet lag include extreme tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, headache and irritability. The amount of time it takes to recover from jet lag usually depends on the number of time zones one has crossed, but fear not! There are things you can do to avoid jet lag altogether. We

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

New Year’s Resolutions From Around The World

Posted by Up with People on December 26, 2018

A new year is just around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are top of mind for many. Even though statistics tell us that most people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, we can at least reflect on what went well (or not so well) this past year and set goals for what’s next. Making resolutions is a popular practice around the globe. Here are some of the most popular ideas to make your 2019 the best year yet! Learn a New Language The top 3 countries that see the largest spike in online searches for learning a new

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Unique Holiday Celebrations Around The World

Posted by Up with People on December 19, 2018

Decorating trees, exchanging gifts and stringing up holiday lights are all ways many celebrate the holiday season, but there are many other lesser known traditions around the world. No matter where you travel during December and January there’s likely to be some sort of celebration that makes being away from home a little sweeter! So, take a break from school or work and experience some international traditions! Hogmanay – Scotland The skies light up with fireworks to mark the end of the year in Scotland during Hogmany. During this time, Scottish people practice something called “first-footing” where the first person

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad

What My Gap Year Was Really Like. Real Stories From Abroad.

Posted by Up with People Gap Year on December 12, 2018

Leaving friends and family to set off on a gap year can take a tremendous amount of courage. Is it worth all of the planning and effort? What’s the experience really like? As Up with People’s semester wraps up in Denmark this week, we thought it would be a great idea to ask those who have just completed a gap year with Up with People what the experience is really like. Who better to explain what a gap year is really like than those who have gone before you! Rodrigo from Mexico What was your gap year experience like? “We

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Thinking About Taking A Semester Off?

Posted by Up with People on December 5, 2018

For those thinking about taking a semester off from school the decision can be difficult and unconventional. More and more, students and parents are recognizing the value in taking a break and exploring other forms of education that will provide skills for the real world. Take Josh, a member of Up with People’s Cast A 2018, who said, “Taking a year to see the world before I went out into it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish every young adult who’s still searching for their passion could have the opportunity to travel and find what empowers them

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

LinkedIn Says Companies Seeking Employees With Soft Skills

Posted by Up with People on November 14, 2018

According to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner the biggest skills gap isn’t what you might think. During the age of coding boot camps and a growing number of ways for technology to remove human interaction from the equation, it turns out the biggest skills gap has nothing to do with technology. In a recent article Jeff Weiner, who heads the world’s largest professional-networking site LinkedIn, explained, “the biggest skills gap in the United States is soft skills.” What most employers want, Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. These skills are increasingly hard to find in a

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider

An Original Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on October 18, 2018

The idea of the “gap year” has been around since the 1960’s. Originating as a time for young people to travel independently, it has grown to serve different purposes over the years. Certainly, travel remains a large aspect of a gap year, but many people also work to incorporate ways to give back, as well as to learn and grow personally. Since 1965 Up with People has been providing all of those elements and more, as one of the original gap year programs. Gap years have several roots; ranging from backpacking individuals staying in hostels, to government sponsored service in

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

5 Benefits Of Staying With Host Families While Traveling

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2018

While Up with People program participants travel the world they stay not in hotels, dorm rooms, or hostels but with local host families. This can be one of the most rewarding benefits of the travel experience because it instantly gets the traveler that much closer to the local culture. Living with a host family is an adventure within an adventure and an experience that many never forget. What are the benefits of staying with a host family? We’re so glad you asked. You Get To Live Like A Local Learn what locals like to do, where they like to go

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

When Is The Best Time For A Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on September 13, 2018

A gap year – between high school and university, or perhaps as a semester off during college – has been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – it gives you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do during major life transitions. A gap year refers to taking time off to travel, volunteer or even work. But when is the best time in life to take a gap year? While it’s true participants in Up with People’s gap year program are often between high school and

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad