Contiki Partners with HerCampus.com

Starting today, head over to HerCampus.com, a college lifestyle online magazine created  by college women, for college women, and check out the site’s newly launched travel section, sponsored by Contiki Vacations!

The site will be a one-stop shop for college students who are looking for travel advice, want to discover new destinations, or participate in cool contests for the chance to win a dream vacation!  What better way to improve your college experience with travel?

Read the announcement from HerCampus editor-in-chief Stephanie Kaplan here.

Motivation Monday: Travel-Inspired Decor

While many of us are saving up for our next vacations, no one says we can’t spruce up our work space, dorms, and bedrooms with a bit of travel-inspired decor to get us dreaming of your next destination.  Looking for inspiration?  Contiki has a Pinterest board with some of our favorites.  Check out below where we find our inspirations to travel, and start decking out your own spaces with some of these great ideas!

Travel-Inspired Art Cards & Posters

Postcards, art cards, or posters are great ways to get yourself in the travel spirit.  You can easily spruce up your space by framing some of these cards and posters and placing them in prominent areas on or above your desk, or on the door so you’ll always see it on your way out.  This great collection of art cards (left) from Ikea showcases 5 popular destinations in a ‘stamp collection’ would be a nice addition to any home office or desk.

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January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Often times, we travel to uncover new ideas, experience new places, and discover new things about ourselves.  The world provides a vast landscape of future and promise for those of us looking for inner enlightenment and broadened horizons.  However, we also have to remind ourselves that we are a traveling through a world shaped by past events, and take time to also keep history alive for generations to come and understand the world we are traveling around.

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a designation from the U.N. marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on January 27, 1945.  Museums and memorials around the world offer visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the men, women, and children who inhabited the Jewish ghettos  and concentration camps and the hardships they faced during the Holocaust.

One of Contiki’s most popular tours, Eastern Road, provides travelers with a guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau in its present state – a sobering glimpse into the country’s history during the Holocaust.  Visitors to Amsterdam have the opportunity to visit the Anne Frank Museum, commemorating the two years that Anne Frank and her family spent hiding in the secret annex before their discovery.

Today, take a moment to reflect and remember on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  For more information, visit the U.N. website at http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance.

Thoughtful Thursday: Tips for 20-something Job Seekers

If you’re in college and/or getting ready to graduate, chances are you’re going to start looking for a full-time job – and while we all want to experience a fantastic vacation year-round, securing a job is one of those major priorities on your list that can get you to those fantastic vacations.  Check out another great ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ post from guest blogger Christine Hassler with tips for 20-somethings in the job market.

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Guest blog post by Christine Hassler

Today’s generation of young adults are especially challenged in getting their careers off the ground as they face high unemployment rates and a bleak job market. According to recent census data, employment among young adults ages 16-29 stood at 55.3 percent, down from 67.3 percent in 2000 and the lowest since the end of World War II. This is troubling news for 20-somethings who find themselves under or unemployed and at a loss for how to change things.

As a result, staggering numbers of 20-somethings are moving home with mom and dad and/or remaining financially dependent on their parents. The obstacles to employment and the inability to generate financial momentum are also delaying adult milestones like getting married, buying homes and having children.

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