Tips for Safe Travels
As you prepare for your study abroad adventure of a lifetime, we’re sure that you’re making a list of all the places you’ll go during long weekends, a semester break, and perhaps even for post-semester travel. After all, you paid for that big-ticket overseas, why not take advantage of low-cost travel before heading home?
So how do you plan to stay safe far from home and perhaps far from your program’s support system? Below are a few tips for smooth sailing from our team.
Research your travel destination
Yeah, you’ll be researching restaurants and museum sites, concerts and festivals. But what about local emergency contact information? The UK has different emergency numbers than Italy or Spain do. If you sprain your ankle on a hike, you’ll want to have planned to have a number on hand that you can call for emergency support, in-country. You can also find good information about safety in your destination country from various travel bloggers – see if they have any country-specific tips that can help you navigate your experience. It is always good to familiarize yourself with local customs. Sometimes that can be for your safety but most often it simply helps you learn more from your trip, show respect for the locals, and reduce the risk of accidentally offending someone as you explore their home.
See how your activities relate to your health insurance
International health insurance does not cover all injuries while you’re abroad. Most plans will exclude things like skydiving, parasailing, scuba diving, horseback riding, or even boating. If you’re planning for a particularly adventurous excursion, check your health insurance plan and make sure that any accidental injury you may risk is covered.
Google your hotel or hostel and map it out
Does the price look too good to be true? Not only should you consider checking reviews through travel sites and bloggers but it can also be a good idea for you to go on Google Maps and check the street view for your hotel or hostel. Does the area appear to be close to familiar territory? Does everything seem clean and quiet? Not only can this quick search help you determine if you’ll feel comfortable staying overnight in a particular destination, but it can also be a good way to familiarize yourself with the facade of the hostel or hotel so that it is easier to find when you first arrive.
Always travel with your program’s emergency contact info
Your program will provide you with an emergency phone number and additional contact details. If you ever encounter any serious issues, give our team a call day or night and we’ll help you get back on your feet.