Travel Advice for Young Travelers Studying English is one of the best parts about university programs in the United States. Yet learning the English language cannot be fully successful until you step out of the classroom and into the real world. Travelling around the country where you are studying is the best way to get to know the culture and connect with the people that surround you. However, there are definitely dos and don’ts when you are young and travelling around a place that is unfamiliar to you. Here is a round-up of travel advice for young travelers abroad. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare One of the best ways to enjoy a trip is to prepare for it as fully as possible beforehand. This allows you to do a minimum amount of planning when you are on the road so that you can spend more time actually enjoying the places and sites you visit. 1. Make sure that all of your travel documents are fully valid. Nothing is worse than showing up at the airport and learning that you cannot fly due to an expired passport or planning to stay for a year when your visa only lasts three months. 2. Check the limits of your insurance policy: investigating what insurance covers is a critical part of preparation. Your insurance plan can often dictate how adventurous you get: you can either go to a museum or go skydiving. You do not want to get into the situation here you break a bone and find out that the necessary out-of-pocket medical costs are way too expensive. 3. Organize your future housing, transportation and food options so you have a general idea of where you are going to be and when. Know Local Customs As a young traveler, we often want to go everywhere and see everything. Yet sometimes this is not possible. Many countries do not allow tourists or foreigners in certain sacred or limited spaces. Being aware of local customs, languages and religions can help you avoid making mistakes. For example, learning American English in the U.S. helps young travelers blend in more (we say bathroom, not “loo”!). Part of this is respecting and knowing the law of the places you visit. Follow Your Gut One of the most popular sayings in intensive English programs is “follow your gut.” That means that, whenever you get into a dangerous or uncomfortable situation, you should make a decision about what to do next based on your natural instincts. If you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it is starting to get dark, follow your intuition to stop and set up camp for the night. Usually the thought that comes to you naturally will be the right one. Keep in Contact Finally, the best way to stay safe is to consistently let someone know where you are and what you are doing. If you have learned American English, you can inform fellow travelers or people around you. Alternatively, you can tell your family. Your mother is worried about you. Give her a call every now and again.
About FLS FLS is a leading provider of English language services for international students outside of the United States. Headquartered in Los Angeles, FLS organizes six different programs across the country. With nine different levels, you will find the class that is right for you and learn American English in no time! Article summary: When you are a young traveler, you should follow a few tips to get the most out of your experience. They include preparing, knowing local customs, following your gut, and keeping in contact. Tags: studying English, learning American English, intensive English programs, learning English language