Studying abroad is something you have to do at least once in your life. You will create unforgettable memories, experience a new culture firsthand, and learn many new things throughout your trip. We understand that studying abroad can be scary sometimes as you will be a long way from home, maybe for the first time ever, but that’s what we’re here for. This quick list will help you to prepare for your trip so you can have the best experience possible.
1. Start saving money and create a budget before your trip
Oftentimes studying abroad can be very pricey, and sometimes more than expected. There are a lot of major costs associated with traveling, along with small costs that you may not consider. Our best advice is to start saving several months before your trip and create a written-out budget with all of the expenses you are expecting. It is best to carry both cash and a credit card when you are traveling just in case. Also, make sure to inform your bank before your trip that you are traveling.
2. Copy all important documents
It is important to create a digital and paper copy of all important documents that you may need while traveling in case something unexpected happens to the official documents. These documents can include your passport, birth certificate, insurance information, credit card information, and any other documents you may need. Keep the copies in a safe place so only people you trust, like family and close friends, may have access.
3. Research your destination
It is important to do your research on where you are going. You are going to want to create a list of things you want to do when you finally reach your destination so you are not blindly making decisions. The best way to do this research is to watch YouTube videos from travel experts about the destination, review travel guides, and ask people you know that have also been there. Remember to also research the culture and customs of the place you are visiting so you don’t stand out as a tourist too much.
4. Get your cell phone plan in order
This step is crucial if you want to use your cell phone in a different country. Depending on how long your trip is, you may want to get a SIM card for your destination country. International data usage rates can be extremely expensive if you are not prepared for them. Talk to your cell provider and look into your options.
5. Download a Safety Travel App
Speaking of cell phones, one of the best things you can do when traveling abroad is to download a safety travel app. These apps have many helpful safety features such as local crime rates, weather conditions, contagious diseases, and more.
6. Don’t forget any necessary prescriptions
You do not want to forget your prescriptions when traveling. Make sure to either stock up and pack what you need, or make arrangements to be able to pick up your prescriptions where you are staying. Some places may not be compatible with your insurance or may not be able to fill your prescriptions without a doctor’s order. Be proactive with this and call pharmacies ahead of time to make sure you are set for your trip.