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10 Must Know Travel Tips For Students Studying Abroad

Posted on Dec 17, 2019
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Deciding on studying abroad comes with its own set of responsibilities and worries. You will, no doubt, get a ton of advice from your confused parents, pestering relatives, over excited friends and eager advisors. So, which one should you pay heed to exactly? Studying in a foreign country is an exciting adventure and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To make the most of this experience here are 10 most important travel tips to help you-

1. Pack light

Keep the duration of your visit in mind and pack accordingly. If you are a hoarder, then make a list of all the things you need to keep yourself in check. Ideally, carry a suitcase, a backpack, and a sling/ purse/ any kind of handbag only. There is no point in you paying extra at the airport because of this carry-on drama. Remember, you are simply going to another country and not other planet! You will find items that you missed on your list later.

2. Don’t hoard on toiletries and other essentials

Just like your clothes, don’t overpack your toiletries, cosmetics, lotions, etc. If something is absolutely necessary and you are sure you won’t find it abroad, only then carry extra to last the whole trip. If not, try something new, delve into local brands or maybe at times you will find the same items are lower prices in other countries. Make avail of such chances. But remember, do not take any unwarranted risks with your health or skin.

3. Look up exchange rates

Money is an important factor to consider during your travel, so research the conversion rate beforehand. Approach your bank officials and ask them for the required details. Currencies vary from country to country and it is always safer to have an idea of your expenses rather than ending up going beyond your budget.

4. Choose the right phone plan

Just like visiting your bank, approach your mobile service provider and check out all the international plans. You also have the option of buying a new sim card once you reach your destination or resorting to applications like WhatsApp when you have free wi-fi around. Communication might not be that big of an issue but keeping a plan is mind is always sensible. Or else you might have to run around looking for the nearest McDonalds or Starbucks.

5. Carry appropriate footwear

Keeping the country you are visiting in mind, carry appropriate footwear. If you are going to Europe, I would suggest you to carry comfortable shoes and chuck those high heels. Carry maximum 3-4 pair of shoes. Don’t go overboard imagining different scenarios. If you are planning on wandering and exploring different spots, a good pair of walking shoes is the safest option for you.

6. Documenting ethics

Nobody wants a once-in-a-lifetime moment just pass by without any proof of it happening. If you are someone who likes writing, then maintain a blog of carry a journal with you everywhere. Photographs are another way of preserving precious memories. Carry a small camera and do not forget memory cards. But don’t forget to live in the moment. Often when we are trying to a capture something through a medium such a camera, we forget to enjoy that moment ourselves. So, while it is important to keep a piece of that experience, enjoy the simple pleasures the host country has to offer without the constant craving of documenting.

7. Find the perfect balance between planning and spontaneity

While it is always advisable to plan and organize, there is a possibility of things not going the way you expected them to. And this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Visiting new places can come with tons of unanticipated surprises. Spontaneity will bring excitement into your life but don’t always rely or wait for something good to happen. Research the popular spots and things you can do in your spare time. Find the perfect balance between planning and spontaneity.

8. Explore the local cuisine

Missing your hometown is only natural when you are staying away for a long time. But do not let this sadness stop you from exploring the new culture. Do not cocoon yourself in your room thinking of homecooked food. If you are in Italy go out and try the authentic pizza or spaghetti carbonara! If you are in France, treat yourself with macaroons and croissants!

9. Pick up some local skills

You might not be able to live this experience again, so make the most of it by joining classes and learning new skills. For e.g. If you are in Latin American country take Salsa-dancing classes or any local dance form, attend wine and cheese tasting workshops in France or Switzerland, learn how to make sushi in Japan, etc.

10. Be culturally sensitive

Finally, respect the locals and their culture. Being culturally sensitive is an important trait to imbibe when in another country. Don’t badmouth their lifestyles or social habits. Be respectful towards to locations you are visiting and follow their rules.

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