This is part of a short series of articles that I have written on travel. I have always thought that one of the best ways to improve your health is by staying active and challenging yourself to do new things. International travel just happens to fit those criteria perfectly. So get on a boat or an airplane, start traveling, and enjoy all the health benefits that it brings!
Every year, many travelers, students included, nervously leave the comfort of their country to explore and learn in a new one. Traveling and studying abroad are exciting opportunities, but are not without risk. Inexperienced travelers may arrive with one too many bags, baggy clothing, jewelry, and loose purses that target them for pickpocketing. To avoid unfortunate happening, such as this there are some basic travel tips that apply to travelers of any age. For example, packing just enough, but not too much can keep you off the radar and make your experience less stressful. Choosing a safe country to travel to and, for students, a good program, is the first step in preparing for your trip. After selecting a program and/or place, read up on the culture, the local laws, and any health or safety issues you need to prepare for.
- Traveling Abroad Scams– Prepare for your trip by educating yourself about scams aimed at travelers visiting their country. Squirting mustard, spilling, and asking for help in an attempt to distract you while snatching your bag or purse.
- How to Travel Safe while Volunteering Abroad– Always make sure the group you sign up to study abroad with is reliable and offers support.
- What to Take for a Safe Trip– Know what to take and what to leave behind for a safe trip. To avoid being a target leave valuables, social security card, and money behind.
- Subjectivity and Culture Shock– This goes through the emotions and feelings of traveling abroad many students feeling. Knowing and understanding that these feelings are normal will help you deal with the situation easier.
- Travel Packing– This list is a guide of what you can pack for your trip, although you don’t have to pack everything on it.
- Packing and Safety– When choosing what you are going to wear on a trip, make sure to avoid clothes that will target you for getting robbed or pickpocketed.
- How Much?– Packing too much can make it difficult to get around, harder to keep track of things, and easier for people to target you.
- Prohibited List– Avoid getting in trouble and look over this list of what is okay and not okay to bring on an airplane.
- A Packing Checklist– Go through this list and check off as you pack. Many items you can buy over there and will save on luggage space and the cost for additional luggage.
- Passports and Visas– Without a passport it is impossible to study abroad and many countries now require a visa too. This article gives several links on where to get a passport along with government sites to help acquire one.
- Study Abroad Passport-PDF– Here is an excellent guide you can read online or print off to learn more about getting passports and visas, planning your trip and everything to prepare to study abroad.
- Obtaining a First-Time Passport– With numbered steps, this page makes it easy to follow and learn how to get a passport or renewing one.
- Passport and Visa Information– Read the facts about passports along with how to get one and what to do after receiving it.
- Passports and Visa Link– After reading about passports, click on the link that will lead you to the official state government page to fill out your passport forms.
- Legal Advice for Americans Traveling Abroad– Every year thousands of Americans get arrested while traveling abroad. Knowing the laws and being prepared can help prevent this.
- National Tourism Policy Review of Australia– This is the perfect handbook for those planning on studying abroad in Australia with a list of all the laws you will need to know.
- Sustainable Tourism & Conservation Laws– Read about the conservation laws in Europe and how they protect their landscape from tourists.
- Legal Matters– Know the laws and driving laws before going to study abroad.
Medical Insurance Coverage Abroad
- Check Your Health Coverage While Traveling Abroad– This article covers what you need to know about getting health insurance and how much you need covered before going on your trip.
- Americans Who Travel Abroad Could Use Extra Health Coverage– Many times health insurance only covers specific things and in specific areas. Getting traveler’s insurance might eliminate any hiccups that might occur with basic insurance.
- Insurance Considerations for Exchange Participants with Disabilities– No matter how severe or mild a disability is, everyone studying abroad needs to have health insurance and asking the right question to make sure all pre-existing conditions are covered is the safest route.
- Health and Safety While Studying Abroad– Always pack emergency contact numbers, health insurance, passports, and travel insurance.
- Health and Accident Insurance– Almost every program you choose, health insurance will be required before being allowed to travel across countries.
- Traveling Safely– Great article on preparing for a safe trip before even going. Offers ideas and a couple of links to help you research safety for studying abroad.
- Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility– Planning for a trip not only involves the students but also the parent and the program provider. Choosing the right program and a safe location is the first step in emergency planning.
- Top 10 Health and Safety Issues– Choosing a quality program, good health insurance, choosing safe transportation, and avoiding high-risk activities are just some of the health and safety issues you can prepare for.
- Safety Tips & Expectations– Your safety is the most important thing while living abroad. This list covers what to do, not to do, how to conduct yourself, and an article about what the government says to students going abroad.
- Emergencies Abroad– This page goes over the steps for emergencies abroad and what most schools do to prevent them.
- Risk Management in Study Abroad: Lessons from the Wilderness– This is a PDF file that covers the dangers that might happen while studying abroad, especially those that can happen in the wilderness.
- Students Studying Abroad Face Dangers with Little Oversight– This article covers the dangers that students might face while studying abroad.
- Especially for Women– The sad truth is that women face more problems while abroad than men. Read this article on how to avoid dangers and how to deal with them.
- African Countries Unpopular with Study Abroad Students– Choosing a safe location to travel is the most important thing students have to decide on. Some countries pose higher risks than others.