A Fun Time Abroad is a program dedicated to creating collective travel experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. These organized trips fuse recreation and learning to allow for an opportunity for personal growth as part of the experience.
A Personal Story About the Joys of International Travel
Let me share a personal story to impress upon you the importance of international travel and communion with people you do not know.
When I began my journey into adulthood and went off to college, I wanted to do a study abroad. My parents were unable to support me emotionally or financially in this desire. At some point a professor encouraged me to study Spanish abroad, outside of the university. Scandalous, given that means studying a language without the college tuition and without the college credits.
So I took the plunge based on what I thought was solid advice. I decided two weeks was a reasonable length of time. It seemed like a very long time, but the Spanish classes were week long programs.
Upon arrival, I had a panic attack. As I processed my meltdown I determined that I would persevere. Looking in a mirror, I repeated I can do this, I’m fine. I would not allow my fears and emotions to control me. I’m stubborn like that.
While my personality and style did not change in a day, I was transformed. I met people from all age groups in a context where inter-age group interactions are part of the culture. By contrast in the United States we live in a very age segregated society, so young adults have little experience interacting with children until they have their own kids.
I know, I know there are exceptions and there are social groups that do not have this problem. But overall the culture of the United States is to leave other peoples children alone, “the adults are talking right now” behavior from parents is common, and letting other people give direction to your kids is generally not accepted unless in the context of a highly structured recreational activity that parents are likely paying the person to do (e.g. sports, music).
Living in an intercultural context provided a set of skills that even many colleges are unable to provide to their students. This part is what really amazed me and changed my life.
I learned to be confident, but it was not in a classroom based on book learning. It was not in a classroom based on preparing an essay or presentation.
By contrast I learned confidence my practicing my language skills with my instructor, on public transportation and elsewhere with very friendly locals who love to let you test our your skills.
I learned about charity, when I observed local people giving money to alcoholics on the street while those same drunks were shunned by my fellow travelers. I saw locals give money to people begging for medical care, for elder care, for food, etc. The contrast between the locals behavior re the poor and what I had been raised in what stark.
Related to learning the importance of charity, I began to participate in the distribution of small bits of money. This in turn helped me come to the realization that I felt gratitude toward this new experience I exposed myself to outside the burden of debt associated with a college’s study abroad program and the rigid management of time in such programs.
The one thing I never imagined I would learn to appreciate was the food. I was a picky eater. My diet was restricted to chicken, pasta, pizza, and potatoes… cooked American style. This meant without spices and very basic.
Eating new foods was at first distressing. I had to hide my gagging. But eventually my body responded to this new experience positively. I learned to appreciate and enjoy these new foods and their smells. I learned to recognize quality from lacking in quality.
I can not say this all happened in those first two weeks. But it did happen in a series of trips abroad as I learned Spanish. For the first few trips, I had a panic attack every time I arrived, eventually though I didn’t.
Now I look forward to those new experiences, to the opportunity to meet new people, to the freedom that comes with traveling alone, to expressing myself as an independent person.
These are qualities I’d like to share with you. While COVID-19 has international travel limited, we are unable to offer such services. With the rollout of the vaccine rapidly under way, we hope to jumpstart our international travel offerings soon.
What to Expect
While most of our trips are organized for international adventures, we do on occasion offer trips inside the United States.
Safety: Safety first! It is imperative that we remain safe at all times. Secure you things. Make sure you have a copy of your passport in addition to your passport. Stay hydrated. Do not drink the water. Be aware of your surroundings. When you reflect on your travel experience, we want you to have fond memories.
Drinking: Given the title of our organization, you should expect that drinking will be part of the experience. You do not have to enjoy alcohol to participate. This adventure is not limited to those who drink. We want alcohol to be supplementary to the experience. An enhancer. In the story above I did not drink alcohol at all for much of that time. It was the overall experience that was transformative. You can read about how I came to alcohol by clicking this link.
There is no expectation that you drink alcohol on our international trips. I can say assuredly that my own consumption will remain firmly in the limited realm. No hangover throat’s for me.
Insurance: I am an experienced guide in educational and recreational experiences. I am fully insured and participants are required to have international travel insurance.
Credit Cards: Often credit cards have travel insurance to protect you. This may be sufficient. I recommend an umbrella insurance policy just in case.
Duration: International opportunities to locations abroad are organized five times each year to different locations throughout the world. Each experience is approximately 10-20 days.
Participants are expected to be there on the first or second day because we do travel around, away from airports.
Pre-Departure Information: Information will be provided to you about the local climate, safety considerations, accommodations, accessibility, and a brief summary of cultural considerations. In terms of climate, we generally visit locations that have mild to hot climates.
Packing: We encourage you to travel lightly. In fact, you are permitted one suitcase and a carry on. If you require more than that, you will have to work with us to arrange for your needs and pay for a porter arranged at your own expense.
Customized experiences are available. We are willing to work with you to create an experience. Book a consultation for just $5 and schedule a meeting to discuss what options are available to you.
Fun! One of the great things about the Hangover Throat International Experience is that our group size brings the party, the fun, the adventure. When we stay at a hotel or hostel, our group attracts people to that place. HT collaborates with local host businesses to create a comfortable, supportive, and entertaining experience designed to help you learn about yourself and celebrate life in conjunction with others.
Research has shown that these qualities are sadly missing from our lives in the 21st century. Hangover Throat is here to help you feel alive again, to help you create joy in the world.
International Opportunities with Hangover Throat
Most locations have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Those that remain planned for 2021 are dependent on conditions in the host country.
We do on occasion offer trips within the United States.
Locations for 2021
August 2021: CANCELLED
September 2021: New Orleans, LA
We are hoping based on current coronavirus vaccination rates in the United States that we will be able to host a 10 day experience in New Orleans in 2021.
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