One of the greatest things about living the college lifestyle is the ability to roam free and travel. Many take trips on summer vacation, and others go all out and study abroad. And as our world continues to become more and more interconnected, this type of travel and working abroad will only continue.
While it’s one thing to have the idea that you want to travel abroad, making that happen can be a whole other ballgame. Once you get the thought in your head, you’ll want to make sure you have things all planned out before you hop on the plane and go to a different country.
If you’re trying to come up with a list of what you’ll need – here are a few things to think through:
- Passport – you’ll need a U.S. passport if you want to leave the country (or should we say get back in.) It’s best to go ahead and get one now anyway, especially if you have plans to go to Mexico over Spring Break in the near future. You can go to the post office to get a passport application. They cost around $100-$125.
- Visa – in order to visit another country, you might need a visa from that country. You don’t need a U.S. Visa to travel abroad, but depending on where you’re going – you might need a visa for the country you’re trying to get into. There are various types of visas – for traveling, business, students, etc. Look through each country’s visa requirements to determine which one you need. NOT ALL COUNTRIES ARE THE SAME!
- Immunization records – Some countries are very strict about immunizations. They will not let you cross their border if you’ve not has proper immunizations (or in some cases you cannot enter if you have certain diseases, for example HIV.) Before you book your flight plans, it might be best to be tested for any diseases (or STDs.) Also, labs like ARCpoint Labs can test your blood if you don’t know if you’re up-to-date on vaccinations.
These are three of the “basics” you’ll need to look into when traveling abroad. And this doesn’t even mention the travel arrangements. Just remember that it’s a big (and very different) world out there, and one of the best things you can do is to pre-plan your trip in order to stay healthy and safe. Enjoy being a college student and experiencing the world – there’s a lot out there to see!
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