(Extra Credit: Up to 30 points)
Purpose: To acquaint you with pragmatic and creative aspects of world travel.
Project: Plan a hypothetical 10-14 day trip to a specific travel with below guidelines.
Requirements: 1000 – 1500 word (approximately 4-6 pages) term paper submitted by the
due date. Alternatively, you can submit a Powerpoint presentation with 10 â€“ 20 slides that
includes your text material in the â€œnotesâ€ section of the slides.
Format: Either use the â€œAssignmentâ€ window or attach a MS Word (.doc or .docx) or
Powerpoint (.ppt or .pptx) file to the Assignment found on Blackboard-LEARN.
Getting Started: Submit your interest in the Travel Project by sending the instructor an Email and your desired country destination by the stated deadline found on our class website. I recommend you choose a country based on your ethnic background, family history, or personal acquaintances (e.g., friend from another country). If you have a locale that is of personal interest, the project will be of more practical use to you in the future.
Once the instructor has given you approval, you may begin working on the project.
Content: Each project should include the following:
- â€¢ Brief Orientation: A basic background of the country, its history and interestingÂ features. Give some sense of the climate where/when you will be traveling (soÂ you know what clothes to pack!), but donâ€™t turn the project into a â€œcountryâ€Â report. Emphasize the trip. Include a map that shows the trip itinerary. (2 points)
- Â Activities: A day-by-day itinerary of your trip (10-14+ days). â€œPackage Dealsâ€Â are NOT acceptable unless they are out of the ordinary trips. For example, aÂ package trip down the Amazon River would be acceptable as this is the only wayÂ you can get there; an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica is unacceptable. Just visitingÂ â€œbeach and barsâ€ does not make for a unique travel experience. Please includeÂ photos of your intended activities. (5 points)
- Travel: Include information about transportation cost and means (taxi, train,Â camel, etc.), estimated time of travel, lodging, visas, currency, exchange rate, anyÂ non-standard immunizations, etc. Make this PRACTICAL information. Do NOTÂ fly first-class or stay at expensive 5-star hotels; most people cannot afford suchÂ luxuries. Spend time looking for a â€œgood dealâ€ and you will be surprised at howÂ inexpensive world travel can be. Costs of activities within the country should ebÂ included as well. (5 points)
- Â Cultural Customs: Greetings (e.g., hello, thank you, etc.), gestures, dress, taboos,Â social etiquette, food, etc. These are important for getting around, interacting,Â â€œfitting in,â€ and avoiding social faux pas that may offend locals or potentially landÂ you in jail. (5 points)
- Music Encountered: Itâ€™s a class about music, so include a music event as part ofÂ your overall trip or discuss examples of music (popular and/or traditional) youÂ may encounter during your travels. Highlight any interesting or importantÂ instruments you discover. You may use your textbook, but also find somethingÂ different. Thereâ€™s more to the music of each country in the world than what weÂ discuss in class. (5 points
- Total Budget: Your ENTIRE TRIP should cost no more than $3000/person. YourÂ plane ticket will probably eat up much of your budget, but travel to most places inÂ the world is $1500 or less. Provide a breakdown of costs for your entire trip.Â Preparation costs, such as buying a passport, immunizations, and personal itemsÂ in your luggage, need not be included in the budget. (5 points)
- Recommended Resources: Internet resources, books, recordings, etc., that youÂ utilized for your presentation. Resources also include useful information for yourÂ trip, such as where to find the local embassy or tourist bureau. If you lose yourÂ passport, youâ€™re going to need help, so knowing where to go for assistance isÂ important! Reference listings can follow any accepted style guide, e.g., ChicagoÂ Manual of Style. (3 points)
NOTE: Do NOT just copy/paste website information into your presentation. This
constitutes plagiarism. Photos need not be cited, as this is an educational project.
This project has been one of the highlights of this course for many years. I have offered
it as both an individual or group project in on-ground and online environments. This semester, I
have elected to offer it as extra credit for those of you with a genuine interest in learning more
about a country and its culture in greater depth. It is by no means a â€œfluffâ€ project, so consider
carefully whether or not you want to invest the time and energy in tackling the assignment. I will
not grade it lightly. For many of my students, this has been the inspiration for them to include
world travel as part of their life experience. I hope it will do the same for you. Happy travels!