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This Website Gets You Free Room and Board in Many Countries, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2019, 10:00 AM

When I first learned that a granddaughter of mine was planning to spend three months in Japan earning her room and board through work performed as a volunteer, I was concerned and suspicious.   It was only after we had heard from previous volunteers of this sort that I grew calm about this partial use of her “gap year” from college. The organization that plans such volunteer work in countrie...

Service Vacations Can Be an Educational and Character-Building Experience for Teens and Tweens

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2014, 1:15 PM

Add “community service” to reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s one of the requirements that many high schoolers must fulfill in order to get their diploma. But even those young people who don’t have to prove they’ve done good to graduate are finding that they want to have more meaningful vacations. And this has led to an explosion in the number of “service vacations” that are being offered t...

What’s the Best Vacation For Your “Stage of Life”? How Age Can—and Should—Affect Your Travel Plans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/25/2013, 2:15 PM

“Man is by nature a social animal”, wrote Aristotle. And though he wasn’t commenting on vacations, his observation certainly applies:  who one travels with can be as important to the success of a trip as where one goes. Certain types of travel, as well as certain destinations, attract wildly different demographics, after all. Head to spring break-central, Panama City, Florida in March or A...

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