Archive for September, 2010


Volunteer Abroad and Have Fun Helping Out

September 30, 2010

Your generation isn’t nearly as shallow, apathetic, or clueless as the media makes you out to be. (Right?) Sure you want to have fun and spend some of your holiday sleeping in, dancing on pub tables, and extreme sporting, but you want a little more to show for your time away from home than a sunburn and a few blurry photos taken with your friend’s camera phone.

If you’re looking for an experience that will let you combine good times and good deeds, consider spending time as a volunteer in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, or Tanzania.


With the Volunteer Abroad program, you can work with kids in a local school, support conservation efforts, help rebuild homes and schools in regions that have been hit by floods or earthquakes, assist in a medical clinic, or pick out one of the many other worthwhile projects available.

So get yourself connected. Projects last between 4 and 24 weeks, making it simple to combine a shorter project with a backpacking trip you’re planning, or make the volunteer experience the main part of your itinerary. Volunteer Abroad will help you plan your travel arrangements, including any day trips, weekend activities, or other destinations you want to add to your adventure.

Visit for more information.


Be a Student Reporter for the International Red Cross

September 29, 2010

International Red Cross

Sorry for the last-minute notice, but the International Red Cross has an opportunity for five lucky travellers, age 18-25, to act as reporters during one-week missions to ICRC delegations in Senegal, Georgia, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines.

You will get to interview young people affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence and have a chance to report back to your peers, using your own words and creative talents, in print or film.

Interested? Well hurry up, because applications are due October 1st, 2010.

Get all the details at

Good luck!


Attend a Study and Go Abroad Fair Near You

September 24, 2010

If you’re in Montreal or Toronto and are thinking about going abroad, you can’t afford to miss the free Go Abroad Fair.  You’ll learn how to save money without spending any.

The fair will help you learn more about:

  • Study abroad and student exchange programs
  • Universities, Colleges and Technical Institutes from around the world offering full-degree, diploma, professional and short-term programs
  • Eco/adventure and language travel opportunities
  • Internship and volunteer abroad opportunities
  • Work abroad programs for students and youth
  • International job opportunities with an emphasis on teaching English as a foreign language
  • Scholarship and financial aid information, travel deals, housing and cultural information
  • Information seminars on a range of topics to help you choose and get the most out of your international experience:
  • Catch the fair in one of these locations:

  • Montreal – Le Centre Sheraton
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Toronto – Sheraton Parkway
    Sunday, September 26, 2008 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday, September 27, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Visit for more information. Happy planning!


    You Can See Oktoberfest From Your House!

    September 22, 2010

    Head to the Hippodrom!

    Can’t make it to Munich? No worries, just hop over to and watch their live feeds of various beer tents. They also have maps and schedules if you are actually headed to Germany for the festivities, or if you want to plan for next year.

    Be sure to have a look at the Hippodrom, which looks like P.T. Barnum’s idea of a good time. It’s the tent where the young travellers, celebrities and international types go for a bite and a brew, and it supposedly has the highest “flirt factor”.



    Rock Climbing and Heli-hiking in Canada

    September 21, 2010

    Have you ever looked at a photo and gotten dizzy?

    Like, you look at the people in it, climbing up high or hanging on to a ledge by a little rope or walking a thin bridge over a massive gorge, and just thinking about doing what they’re doing makes your head spin?

    Well this article I just read about climbing the via ferrata on Nimbus Tower, in the Purcell Mountains of southeast British Columbia, left me feeling equal parts, “I want to do that!” and “*Shudder* I think I’m gonna be sick.”

    I heli-hiked Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand, but it was nothing like this. There were no rickety bridges and no real chance of falling to your death – although I did get the mother of all sunburns (iceburns?) that left me in pain for days.

    But the Nimbus Tower? I’ll leave that to you daredevil types.

    What do you think? Would you do it?


    Only Two Weeks Left! Enter the Student Travel Video Contest

    September 18, 2010

    What’s so great (or terrible) about your life? Why do you need free tickets to fly or rail around Canada?

    Tell your story in a video and you might win one of Travel CUTS’ prizes in their Travel Video contest. Tell your story from your dorm, your car, your crappy job, wherever you can get a few minutes to yourself to express just how much you need to get away.

    To be eligible for this contest you must:
    • be a legal resident of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec);
    • be of the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry;
    • be the sole owner of all right, title and interest (including copyright) in the video

    The contest ends September 30, 2010 so get your best phone camera out and start shooting!

    See full rules and submit your video.


    Take a Halloween Travel Break: Get Freaky for Less

    September 15, 2010

    Ghouls gone wild in Florida for Fantasy Fest.

    Halloween is one of the best times of the year to get out of the house and find something different to do. You’d be hard pressed to find a corn maze around Easter, and there’s hardly any point at all in hunting vampires in July. Here’s a rundown of things you can do to make the most of October and the spooky season.

    Haunted Happenings in Salem, MA
    Salem wasn’t the only place to hold witch trials, but it’s the most famous. Whether you’re seriously into the Wicca thing or you just want to see masses of people dressed up and eating caramel apples, Salem is a great place to spend the holiday. There are arts and crafts, haunted houses, psychics, games, and even a pirate museum. Yar! I spent a couple of Halloweens here when I was a student in Boston, and it was always a good time.

    Voodoo and Beignets in New Orleans
    For a truly terrifying trip, why not combine a graveyard adventure with vampires and voodoo down south in New Orleans and see how the city’s doing? Learn more about gris-gris and the voodoo priestess who made it famous (Marie Laveau), or visit Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, NOLA (Sure, the food is heavenly, but those prices? Terrifying!). Catch some jazz in the French Quarter to mellow out afterward, and use your ISIC for discounts on tours, lodging, and meals.

    All Over the Map
    Want to get chased around in the dark by evil scarecrows and small children with sticky hands? (The horror!) Try one of 600 corn mazes in North America, or use to find a haunted place near you.

    Spend the weekend sucking blood(y marys) at the Ottawa Jail Hostel.

    Go to Jail
    When I think about ways to give myself nightmares, sleeping in a haunted jail ranks pretty high on the list. Spend a few nights at the Ottawa Jail Hostel and see how much shuteye you get. Have a few drinks at their new Mugshots bar if you think it will help.

    Sun and Rum
    If you prefer to plan ahead, check out Fantasy Fest 2010 in Key West, Florida, where “Predators and Prey Come out to Play”. Held from October 22 through 31, the Fantasy Fest will include street parties, costume balls, beach games, a pet parade, plus all the usual spring breakish activities, but you get to wear a mask.

    Finally, if none of these suggestions work for you, well, you can go to Hell. (It’s in Michigan.)