Whether you are trying to decide on a country to travel to, or how much money to save, or even what the temperature is, the following resources will help you get the low-down on what you need to know (None of these are sponsored links, we just love them!).
- Need a reliable currency conversion website? Try XE. It uses current and updated market rates to give you the most accurate conversion of over 20 different currencies.
- Can’t decide what to pack, have a horrible memory, or it’s your first time traveling solo? Look to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush for free online packing lists and planning logistics. It will even give you local temperature updates on where you are going, and suggest packing based on what activities you will do! Hint: if you are studying abroad, select “cultural break”.
Hint: Expert travelers know, you ALWAYS pack a maximum of one checked suitcase. Airlines charge many extra fees for two checked bags and often your host family or residence won’t even have room to store two suitcases! You will shop abroad, so don’t bring too many “American” clothes (t-shirts with logos, sweatshirts or sweatpants, and forget the shoes, they take up too much space!).
- Do you learn visually or just love Pinterest? Check out this Pinterest Packing Board: Packing 101
- Want to compare countries and learn more about where you are going? Check out Lonely Planet for the most in depth look at history, culture, climate, the people, and the food. It’s the most trusted travel resource and has information on almost every country in the world.
- Check safety and travel advisories for your country at the Department of State website.
Hint: iE-USA does not send teens to countries with serious travel advisories and has a contingency plan in place if an advisory were to be issued.
- Are you travelling soon and want flight updates? Did you know that there is a free App for Smartphones called FlightAware that not only tells you delays, but also your parents or friends could track where your plane is flying in real time! Google Now Cards (open a Flight Receipt in your email on your phone and it will save it) and Passbook for iPhone also work well!
- Want to become a travel blogger on your study abroad trip? Brush up your blogging skills here: TeenBlogger
Hint: Trying to come up with extra spending money for your trip? If you are an entrepeneur, you could use your travel blog to make money! Travel blogs typically attract more attention then ‘normal’ blogs because they are exciting! Take lots of pictures and keep your posts short but frequent, and keep a positive or humorous attitude!