Top 7 tips for travelling abroad
By: Jenna Bozanis, QUIC World Link Volunteer 2016-2017
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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…”
- 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!
Photo credit: Jenna Bozanis