EA Tours Blogs - 2014 and Prior
With an endless array of travel tips out there it can sometimes be overwhelming sorting through them all. Therefore, every few weeks I’ll be bringing you a handful of tips to help you during the process of planning/embarking on your educational tours. To see the first Travel Tips post click here.
Let’s get started!
1. Travel documents.
Before you leave on your EA student tour, be sure to print out all the necessary travel papers. Keep your flight schedule, hotel information, itinerary, receipts, and etc. all in one place by putting them in a Ziploc bag. Don’t forget to make a copy of your passport as well but keep it separate from your passport in case of emergency.
2. Language barriers.
It can be frustrating traveling to a new country where you don’t speak the native language. However, don’t fret because that’s the beauty of an educational tour! Being able to experience new places first-hand and learning about new cultures is one of the greatest pleasures when traveling. I encourage you to learn the basic phrases such as “hello,” “please,” and “thank you” among others in the language of the country you’re visiting. Simply pick up a phrase book or download a language app, and don’t be afraid to test the waters! Natives of the country you’ll be visiting love when foreigners try to speak their language. It shows that you really care.
The first thing you should do is to always check the weather of your destination before you begin to determine what to pack. Then go from there. Also, don’t forget to pack extra prescription glasses/contacts and/or medications in your carry-on luggage just to be safe.
4. Foreign currency.
While you can exchange money when you land in your destination it also doesn’t hurt to visit your bank a week before you depart for the best exchange rate. ATMs can be found anywhere in the world but be weary of the service charges.
5. Credit cards.
If you plan on taking a credit card, notify your credit card company about your travel plans before you leave. Also, remember that not every establishment accepts American Express.
6. Cell phones.
To avoid any unexpected charges to your account, think about purchasing a travel package for calling, texting, and data usage while out of the country. When using Wi-Fi, don’t forget to turn off the cellular data under your phone’s settings menu so you don’t have to worry about roaming charges while on your student tour.
It’s a good idea to call up the airline before you leave to see how much they charge for luggage. If you fly frequently, perhaps consider the splurge for a “Clear Card” which speeds you through security lines at certain airports. It’s also possible with today’s technology to keep track of your flights, gates, and departure times with smart phone apps. I suggest checking out “Flight Track” if you’re interested.
That’s all for today’s educational travel post. Join me tomorrow for an exciting Photo Friday!