Traveling abroad is an exciting experience. You’ll be immersed in a whole new culture, seeing new things and meeting new people. But as great as this will be, it is important to remember to be cautious and take safety measures to ensure that your trip goes smoothly. We’ve put together a list of some do’s and don’ts for your student travel abroad experience.
Traveling Abroad Don’ts
- Carry large amounts of cash. When possible, use a credit card or travelers' checks. This will help you avoid looking like a target for thieves.
- Wear expensive looking jewelry or clothing. Do your best to blend in with the culture you have chosen, and take steps to keep from looking like an obvious tourist (that camera around your neck is a huge indicator).
- Hang out in dimly lit or isolated areas, especially at night. This is something most of us will not do when at home, and it applies double when you are on unfamiliar ground.
- Judge another culture based on the values and standards of your own. Keep an open mind and expand your world view. You’ll be grateful for the experience – we promise.
Traveling Abroad Do’s
- Speak in the local language whenever possible, at least on a basic level. This will show that you’re making an effort to understand them. It’s generally not a good idea to assume everyone speaks English.
- Keep extra records and/or copies of important documents, like passports and credit cards. Keep them somewhere secure. This will be a big help in obtaining new ones if the originals are stolen or lost.
- Have faith in your travel insurance plan. It will be there if you should need it for trip interruption, medical care or other stumbling blocks. Make sure you know ahead of time how to contact the insurance company.
- Immerse yourself to the culture by embracing food, traditions and ways of life while abroad. You are there to learn and take in new experiences – remember to keep an open mind. Try to avoid hotspots or restaurants that cater to tourists and vacationers.