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Posted on Mar 6, 2017 in Students | 0 comments

Top 7 tips for travelling abroad

By: Jenna Bozanis, QUIC World Link Volunteer 2016-2017

  1. Research the destination before you arrive:
    As exciting as it is to leave everything to chance – there are a few things you should know. Simply looking up how to say “hello”, “thank you” and “toilet” in the country’s official language can be a serious game changer.                                                                      Airplane wings in the cloud, and sunlight
  2. Keep an open mind: Whether it is your first time leaving the nest or the 28th country you’ve traveled to, be sure to keep an open mind where ever you end up. There is a wide range of cultural and societal differences you will experience while traveling, so make sure not to judge.                                         Landscape with mountains and pockets of blue and coral water, also a young boy
  3. Be prepared: You are in a new place, and you might just find yourself in a sticky situation. It wouldn’t hurt to pack a few band aids or maybe some toilet paper in your backpack – you never know!                                                                           Group of friends holding snorkeling flippers in front of a sign saying "Salt Water Heals Everything" "Welcome back divers"
  4. Never turn down an adventure: There is always so much to explore in a new country – don’t miss out on anything! Wake up at 5 am to see the sunrise, and dance your heart out until 3 am. Make sure you experience everything, I promise it will be worth it.                                                                 Amazon with trees and water, people watching a guy back flip into the water
  5. Expect your plans to change: Yes, you can plan, schedule and make itineraries until the cows come home. But sometimes, you are going to miss a bus, a train, or a plane. And that is OK. Sometimes these little mishaps end up being the greatest stories, and it always adds a little more excitement to the adventure!                            Photo taken from behind of Three girls hugging and watching nature
  6. Take a lot of pictures: Your time abroad is going to be filled with so much fun and excitement. It’s going to be hard to keep track of it all. Taking pictures is a great way to document all of your experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Perfect for looking back on and saying “Remember the time when…”                                                                          Sitting at looking at the mountains
  7. SMILE: Last, but certainly not least, SMILE, SMILE, SMILE! No matter where you are, no matter what language is spoken, a smile is universal. Staying cheerful and upbeat when you are running on 4 hours of sleep might be difficult – but it will make all the difference. Grab a coffee, show off those pearly whites and make some friends!                          eight people in their Kayak on the sea

 

Photo credit: Jenna Bozanis

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