Living outside your local city is an unforgettable adventure, but before becoming an expert in the language you have choose, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and create memories that will last your whole life, you have to take a break and organize your trip to study abroad, and that does not only mean taking out your passport and packing up your belongings.
1. Make Numbers
First of all, make sure you have enough money to pay for the trip, also take into account the money you will spend during your stay abroad. As a general rule, the safest thing is that you are going to spend more than you suppose. Normally it is best to carry some cash, in small bills, and also a credit card for major expenses and long trips. Notify the credit card company where you are going and how long you will be there, so they do not block your card once you start shopping.
2. Organize the Transfer from the Airport
If you want to avoid complications, let your study advisor abroad help you organize the transfer from the airport to the residence or school. If you prefer to go on your own by taxi or public transport, investigate the possible options in advance, it will save you a lot of time and energy, especially after a long flight. Once you have organized the transfer to the destination, remember that you will also need the transfer to the airport when you leave.
3. Hire the Insurance you Need
Your study advisor abroad can advise you on travel insurance, so take advantage of your knowledge of the subject. You should also contact the provider of your health insurance, to see if you will have any coverage while you are abroad.
4. Copy Important Documents
Have digital and printed copies of all your important documents – passport, insurance, credit card company information – and save them in different places. It is best to leave a copy at home to your friends or family and carry a digital and a printed copy with you. The digital version should be in a safe place, but easily accessible, such as your email inbox or a server on the cloud backup.
5. Find Information about your New Home
Probably, the best part of preparing the trip is the part where you are looking for information about the place where you are going to go and everything you can do and see there. To know everything your new home has to offer, you can buy travel guides or simply search it on Google. Although it will be much more fun to find out on a daily basis, if you have a general idea in advance you can organize excursions and visits to make the most of your stay abroad. Do not forget to look for information about customs, habits and traditions, so you will feel like one more in no time.
6. Pack your Bags, (Obviously!)
First, find out the weight and size restrictions of the airline you are going to fly with. Then, read our blog article to make your luggage a breeze. It is advisable to carry in your hand luggage the essential things, an adapter and a change of clothes, in case you lose your suitcase. Once you have your luggage made, put a label with your name on everything.
7. Learn a few Words in the Local Language
As you are reading this in our blog, it is safe to assume that you are going abroad to study a language. But why not prepare a little before? The trip will be much easier if you get used to the sound of the new language and if you know some phrases in the local language. (Long trips are perfect for reviewing some basic vocabulary).
8. Get the Recipes you Need
If you regularly take a prescription medication or wear contact lenses, be sure to bring enough for the entire trip or a prescription that you can present abroad. (Check your health insurance coverage).
9. Write down Important Numbers
In the era of mobile phones, we no longer memorize almost any phone number, nor passwords. If you go abroad, you may have to use another phone or other computer equipment at school: memorize or write down important phone numbers and passwords (or passwords), so you can call and connect without falling to a severe level of panic.
10. Find out about Phone Plans
Depending on how long you are going to be abroad, you may be compensated to buy a SIM card at your destination. Check before traveling the prices and roaming data plans of your telephony operator, to avoid the surprise of a huge bill when you return. You will have Wi-Fi (free) in many places -in school, in your residence and possibly in public places-, but it is highly preferred to have a dedicated internet connection at your place.
11. Say Hello to Your Host Family
If you are going to live with a host family or with roommates and have their contact information: introduce yourself before going there! Surely they will feel for you the same curiosity that you feel for them, so it will be a good gesture at your end to greet them. We all love gifts, why not add up some points with something typical of your country? It will be perfect to break the ice.
There are many things to think about and what to do before traveling abroad, especially if it is your first trip. But no matter how many times you recheck your luggage, be enthusiastic about the exciting adventure in which you are about to embark!
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