On December 9th, The White House hosted the top 100 bloggers and digital media influencers in travel to hold a conversation about their study abroad initiatives to foster global citizenship. In the room were some of the biggest names in travel, from online to television, along with senior White House administration officials, including the Chief of Staff. I still can’t believe I was included.

I want to be able to share the entire summit experience with you so I created a 5-part podcast miniseries designed to bring you with me to the event. In it we’ll cover why The White House did this, what it was like to be there, and dive into the ideas and thoughts around the topic of study abroad and travel in general. But above those things, my goal is simple. I want this show to inspire just one person to study abroad. To go from thinking, “That’s something I’d like to do” to actually taking the steps to applying or booking that experience.

Why this exists

I made this for…

…the 90% of U.S. students who are not studying abroad.

…the 40% of all U.S. students who say they want to go abroad but still do not.

…the 10% who do and want something to brag about.

…the attendees of the event who want to be re-inspired to encourage others to study abroad.

…the travel bloggers and digital influencers who could not attend but want to be informed and entertained.

…and you, the student of life, who wants to see the world and make an impact. It’s never too late to go abroad and study anything.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


Production and editing by Nathaniel Boyle
Music credit: Music by Dexter Britain; Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.