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TYW Travel Tips

Before you Go…
  • Make two copies and scan all important documents such as your passport and credit cards. Email yourself a scanned copy, leave one copy at home and take one with you – just in case!
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your voyage. If traveling east get to bed earlier and if traveling west and stay up a bit later.
  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water and cut out caffeine at least two days before you leave. This will help with jet lag.
  • Make sure all your immunizations are up to date and any shots you may need are done.
  • Inform your bank of your trip if you plan on using any credit cards or bank machines and be sure your personal identification number is four digits!
Packing tips…
  • Make a list of everything you think you’ll need. (Most hotels provide hair dryers and shampoo.)
  • Don’t over pack! You will be responsible for your own luggage and many hotels in Europe don’t have elevators.
  • Plan to dress comfortable and casual, with one dressier outfit.
  • Avoid bringing new shoes; chances are you’ll be walking a LOT.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home. If you like that diamond bracelet, so will a pickpocket.
  • Do not lock your luggage, because airport security may need to check your bags. Also, make sure your luggage is marked with your name and address for easy identification inside and out.
  • Security measures in the Airport can cause delays, so it is very important to make sure you arrive early. Plan to meet TYW and your lead teacher at least two hours prior to departure time for international flights.
  • Do not pack any liquids or gels over 50 ml (3oz) in your carry on. Do pack them in a zip lock bag.
  • Avoid wearing accessories containing metal as they may trigger the metal detectors.
  • If your flight is due to land in the morning, try to get some sleep while in the air. If you are arriving in the evening, do your best to stay awake.
  • Chew gum or candy to alleviate pressure in your ears during take off and landing.

Get the most out of your experience!

  • Enjoy everything! This is your “Once in a Lifetime” journey.
  • Read, learn and embrace the culture around you. The more you know about the place you are visiting the more you can appreciate it.
  • Keep a journal. Document what you have done each day and include ticket stubs, menus brochures and maps.
  • Have an open mind and always expect the unexpected. If you want your destination to be like home; stay home. Not all trips go as planned. There may be inevitable delays, bad weather or other inconveniences along the way. Keep a positive attitude.
  • Be mindful of your cell phone. International calls and roaming charges can quickly add up. Instead, ask your guide about buying a phone card in the country you are traveling.
  • Keep all money and valuables in a money-belt, on your person. Alternately you can choose to keep your valuables in the hotel safe.
  • Take a ton of pictures! These photos will help you remember and document your travels.
  • Respect the culture. When entering a church or place of worship, women are expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should wear longer shorts or pants.
  • Always walk behind your tour director, manager or local guide. It may be seen as a sign of disrespect. Remember that you’re the tourist and they are the one with the license to be the guide.
  • Listen carefully. Every tour guide is an expert in their area and has interesting information to share with you that will enrich your experience and help you to understand what you’re seeing.
  • Have Fun!