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How long do I need to travel?

You must travel for a minimum of five weeks. We recommend a five to six week journey.

When do I have to travel?

You can travel anytime from June 2018-December 2018.

Do I have to travel by myself? 

This is a solo adventure that you must undertake alone. This is not to say that you cannot ever travel with other travelers, but you cannot take your spouse/partner/friend/child on your travels with you. You also should not travel in organized, group tour situations.

Can I travel anywhere I want?

While we encourage you to be as imaginative as possible in creating your itinerary, we do follow the advisement of the United States Department of State and there are some countries that you are not allowed to travel in. If you propose to travel to a country with a high level of risk, we will want to know what makes you capable of safely and successfully traveling there.

Are there certain destinations that are viewed more favorably by the selection committee?

OneTraveler is intended to introduce you to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which you are not familiar. Proposals to travel in areas of the world that an applicant is comfortable with and has significant experience in will not be considered as strong as those that challenge the applicant to stretch and learn new things about the world.

Are there any residency requirements?

Applicants must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status to be eligible. Travelers for 2018 must be residents of the State of Nebraska.

Do I need to list references? 

Yes, your references should be people in a position to speak to your character, adaptability, reliability, and general qualifications to undertake a challenging, independent experience. They should not be a family member or spouse/partner. If needed, we will contact them by phone or email during the interview stage of the selection process.

If I’m selected and don’t use all the funds traveling, what happens to the remainder of the money?

As long as you fulfill the obligations and responsibilities you take on when you accept the award then any remaining funds are yours to use as you wish. Should you fail to fulfill the requirements you will need to return a portion of the funds.

When will I know if I will be interviewed? 

All applicants will be notified of whether or not they will move on to the interview stage of the selection process.  We aim to notify all applicants of their interview status in early March 2018. 

What if I have more questions?

If you still have questions, you may contact us at