3 Travel Tips For Your Semester Abroad

You’ll probably never have a better opportunity to travel than you will during your semester abroad. You’ll have a lot of free time and be surrounded by people your age who want to travel as much as you do. Keep these tips in mind to make the most of your time:

Pack light

This is the cardinal rule of traveling, and I made the mistake of breaking it while I was traveling in Europe. If you plan to see a lot of places, you’ll be in and out of hostels or hotels every couple of days. Having a big suitcase with you will be a huge inconvenience. There won’t be anyone to help you carry it up and down stairs or onto trains, buses or subways. I learned this the hard way. After a week of lugging around a bulky suitcase, I was on the verge of ditching half of my belongings just to make moving around easier. Another reason you should pack light is the cramped conditions you’ll be living and traveling in: you’ll want your suitcase to fit into luggage compartments in trains and in the small lockers most hostels provide.

Stay safe

Though traveling alone is exciting, traveling with a small group is much safer. If you’re in a new city, you and the people you’re with will have each others backs if something goes wrong. The biggest safety tip I can give is to always have credit on your cell phone and a map in your pocket marked with your hostel’s location, especially if you’re going out at night.

Travel cheap

In Europe where I studied abroad, it was really easy to get around for cheap. If you plan to travel by train, you can get a multi-country pass for a few hundred dollars. If you want to fly, companies like EasyJet and RyanAir offer really cheap tickets (sometimes for as little as 20 euros). Staying in hostels is cheaper and much more fun than staying in pricey hotels.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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