Traveling is fun whether you are traveling alone or with your loved ones. Traveling is one of my passions in life, and I believe it is a fun way to discover new cultures and cuisines.
Traveling is fun whether you are traveling alone or with your loved ones. Traveling is one of my passions in life, and I believe it is a fun way to discover new cultures and cuisines. However, traveling alone can be pretty frightening for the first time, and this is why you might need some reassurance before doing this. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some practical tips for traveling abroad.
1. Do your research
Discovering your destination and what you can see and do there is probably the best part of preparing for your trip. You can buy a few travel guides or simply use Google search to find out what your adopted city away from home has to offer.
While it’s much more fun to discover your destination with your own eyes, getting a glimpse of it ahead of time may help you plan a few trips and excursions, optimizing your time abroad. Don’t forget to learn about all the customs, habits and traditions, so that you can blend in with the local population in no time.
2. Determine your phone plan
Depending on how long you’ll be abroad, it may be a good idea to get a SIM card once you’re there. Before you leave, check roaming costs and data plans with your phone provider to avoid the unpleasant surprise of receiving a huge phone bill when you return.
You’ll be able to get (free) WiFi in many places- like school, your home, and maybe even some public places- but you’ll probably also appreciate being reachable even when you’re not near an access point. Having a phone and access to WiFi is primordial, especially if you are traveling abroad, as it is your lifeline and will be your way to get from point A to point B.
3. Determine your budget
Before you do anything else, make sure you have enough money to fund your trip- including any expenses you’ll incur while abroad (check out our tips for saving money before your gap year). You will probably spend more money than you expect as a general rule.
Usually, it is best to bring cash in small bills and a credit card for larger expenses and longer stays. Inform the credit card company of your destination and the length of your stay to avoid any inconvenience, such as having your card blocked on your first shopping trip.
4. Write down important numbers
In the age of cell phones, it’s hard to remember significant phone numbers- or passwords. Be sure to memorize or write down a few important phone numbers and passwords (or clues to find your passwords), so you can make calls and log in without panicking. You may need to get a new phone or log into school computers if you’re going abroad.
As someone who travels a lot, you will soon learn that airlines often lose your luggage, which is why it is better to keep the important stuff in your carry-on. Write it down in a diary, old school way, in that way you won’t lose those important numbers and passwords. Always keep this diary in your carry-on bag as this is the only bag the airline can’t lose.
5. Pack your bags
First, find out the weight and size restrictions of the airline you’ll be traveling with. It’s best to carry essentials, such as an adapter or a change of clothes, in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed. Don’t overfill your luggage on your way there as you will be shopping and won’t have enough space on the way back.
If you’re going to be staying in one place for a few days, buy your toiletries when you get there and only take travel-size bottles with you for your first shower after landing. Once you’ve packed, be sure to label all your belongings.
You’ll have a lot to think about and do before you leave to study abroad, especially if it’s your first trip! Even if you have to pack several times, remember to be excited about the unforgettable adventure you are about to embark on- this is precisely what happy moments were invented for! Remember to have fun taking many photos, but don’t stay on your phone too much. To quote Not Me, “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”.
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