Travel Guides provide an array of valuable information. Guides offer region, country, and city-specific resources for travel, accommodation, must-sees, and must-dos. In addition to the published guide suggestions below, there are a number of travel websites and blogs that offer tremendous firsthand accounts of location-specific travel information:
Keeping in Touch
There are plenty of cost efficient ways of maintaining contact with your family/friends while abroad. If you plan to call anyone while traveling abroad, you have a few options including purchasing an international plan with your cell phone carrier (most expensive option), purchasing a phone and/or pre-paid phone card(s), or using messaging services that rely only on Wi-Fi.
- Skype - stay in touch with for free using video and voice calls with anyone else on Skype
- Zaptel - low-rate international pre-paid calling cards
- WhatsApp - a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS
The least expensive places to stay when you are traveling will generally be hostels. Hostels offer basic accommodations, providing anything from a bed in a dormitory with shared bath, to private rooms with private baths. It is best to read and consider recommendations from friends and fellow travelers or travel advisers, or read reviews online. If you are staying somewhere alone, you may want to look into getting a private or semi-private room, or a gender-specific room. Here are some websites to locate Hostels
Other Helpful Information
XE Currency Converter - provides immediate current exchanges for over 180 currencies
World Clock/Time Zones - current local times from around the world
World Electricity Guide - a table that summarizes information on the electrical systems in use in most countries of the world
Study abroad exposes students to the world. It also exposes the world to the environmental and economic impacts of international travel. Take into account the ways in which you will impact the environment while abroad.
If you have to fly, choose non-stop flights and airlines with all-economy seating. Pack lightly. Once you’ve arrived at your destination for your program, use public transportation, rent a bicycle or walk.
Be conscientious about saving water. Taking shorter showers, turning off the water when brushing your teeth and using towels more than once are great ways to conserve water . You can also save money and cause less waste by carrying a reusable water bottle.
Buy and eat local when you can. Avoid disposable items and instead, purchase reusable alternatives with minimal or no packaging.
Minimizing electricity use
Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug your laptop and other devices when not in use. Hang your clothes out to dry if you have the space.
Many thanks to Indiana University for their helpful information about sustainability. Visit their sustainability page to learn more!