You’ve decided to travel abroad – Now what?

Travel takes some advanced preparation…

  • Learn about the culture, language, currency, how to pack and what to expect before you depart
  • Make sure you have all the paperwork you need in order
  • Find and apply for a variety of scholarships
Travel Packing/Tips Travel Language Travel Currency
Travel Payment Ideas Travel Country Info Travel Documents
Travel Internet/Phone Travel Social Media Travel Health/Safety

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Packing/Tips

How to pack light - https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light
Traveler’s Checklist - http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html
50 Essential Travel Tips - http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1912492_1912514_1912549,00.html#

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Language

DuoLingo - Free Language learning: https://www.duolingo.com/
Live Mocha- Free language learning community (practice with native speakers): http://livemocha.com/

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Currency

Information on currency conversion and ATM locations - http://oanda.com/channels/traveler/travelers.shtml
Currency converter - http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Conversions between any two currencies - http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Mastercard/Cirrus ATM finderhttp://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp
Visa ATM finder http://www.visa.com/atmlocator/index.jsp#(language:english,page:home)

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Payment Ideas

DCCC Scholarships - https://www.davidsonccc.edu/study-abroad-scholarship-application
Extensive list of Study Abroad scholarships you can apply forhttp://allabroad.us/funding-study-abroad-scholarships.php
World at Your Fingertips – tutorial on finding information for your programhttp://www.cie.uci.edu/world/
40 Fundraising Ideas for Study Abroadhttp://www.gooverseas.com/blog/40-fundraising-ideas-study-abroad
Money Tips - https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/money

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Country Info

Google Earth - https://www.google.com/earth/
Background Notesup-to-date information provided by the US State department http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
Electronic Embassy - listing of embassies to the United States http://www.embassy.org/embassies/index.html
Travel guides and sorted links about countrieshttp://www.kasbah.com/travelguide.htm
Let’s Go Guidebook – provides summaries of information found in these student oriented guidebooks including basic facts, articles, and a discussion board http://www.letsgo.com/
World’s Best Travel Apps http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/1169/the-worlds-50-best-travel-apps
Tipping Etiquette http://wonderfulwanderings.com/tipping-etiquette-around-the-world/

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Documents

Passport information - http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html

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Internet/Phone

Phones & Technologyhttps://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/phones-tech

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Social Media

DCCC Study Abroad on Twitter -  https://twitter.com/DCCCStudyAbroad

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Health/Safety

CDC Traveler’s Health website - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/
Travel Warnings and Alertshttps://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html