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There are many schools of thought on the art of packing.  Here are my suggestions. On your person: Passport Country Visa Photo ID Medical ID and prescriptions written by your doctor if you have any. 2 Credit cards or 1 credit and 1 debit card in a money belt or well-stashed wallet, with $200 in local cash, some in small denominations Cell phone, with info/directions/addresses/phone numbers programed (see Preparation: program your cell...

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Be Prepared   1. Check your Passport’s expiration date. Renew if necessary. Many countries require you to have six months of validity on your passport from your day of entry, or you will not be allowed to enter. 2. Obtain visa if required for your country 3. Obtain vaccinations if required. 4. Prepare your documents and ID: Make 2 photocopies of all documents. Give one set to your emergency contact and keep one set on your...

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1.  Wait a while before you befriend people. Usually by the end of the first few weeks abroad, groups will  have already started forming. So you need to get in there quickly, be friendly, and start saying “hi.”  Have some coffee, sit together at dinner. Connections with other students will enrich your experience and will help you cope with homesickness if it rears its ugly head. More on this subject is in my article about...

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Ever since the invention of pockets there have been pickpockets: those who are masters at separating you from your hard earned cash.  Pickpockets look for easy targets; they want to score quickly and easily.  They are experts at scanning a crowd and looking for the easy marks. If you don’t get serious about securing your valuables, you will likely be making a donation to their cause. Pickpockets are opportunists who especially...

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Why do people get homesickness? As humans, we naturally gravitate towards people, places and things that are familiar… it’s an evolutionary adaptation that has made humans  live in communities where we are protected, safe and are familiar with the status quo. Feeling homesick is a completely normal reaction to immersing yourself in a new culture. Your brain is reacting to being on an overload of newness:  New place, new...

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  Basics on Airline Pricing: Days of the Week: The cheapest flights are generally Tuesday Wednesday. Times of the Year: The most expensive times to fly are generally June, July, August, December and around Mother’s day. Luggage overages.  Airlines make lots of money from people who disregard weight and dimension requirements.  If you don’t want to help them get rich, consider buying a hand-held luggage scale and a...

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