Expert Tips for First-Time Flyers Going Abroad for Studies or Work

 

If you’re someone who is scared of planes or scared to fly, it can be daunting to think about how to relax on a plane while you are en route to your amazing destination. International travel can be stressful, even for a seasoned globetrotter (someone who travels regularly to different parts of the world). But for a first-timer, it can feel outright overwhelming. After a long flight, you have to adapt yourself in a foreign country, where the time zone, language, and currency may differ from what you are used to.

Going somewhere completely new may be initially scary and confusing but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these expert tips on things to do before travelling internationally to ensure smooth sailing.

Research and plan ahead

 

Before you land in a foreign land, spend some time researching your destination. Familiarise yourself with the place – its traditions and any local customs that you should be aware of.

Also, with an international flight, you want to start to plan your itinerary well in advance of your proposed departure date. Make yourself aware of the best times to buy an airline ticket. The season you want to travel can have an impact on airfare prices, and even the day of the week you choose to travel can impact your airline ticket price. For first-time flyers, being prepared and planning is a must.

What you would need for work would be very different from the documents necessary as a foreign student.

Research the destination country’s customs, entry requirements, and visa regulations.

Check Required Documents necessary for your flight

The first point brings us to the second, which is that one of the most important tips to avoid unnecessary stress is to apply for your passport well in advance. Without your passport or a travel visa, your potential travel radius is limited. If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll need a valid passport that matches the name on your ticket. But sometimes that’s not enough. Some countries require your passport to be valid for a certain amount of time (usually six months) beyond your trip, while others require a certain number of blank pages (and some require both). 

 

Depending on the country you’re from and where you’re visiting you may also need a visa and/or proof of onward travel. And, if you’re travelling with a child (but only one parent) you may be required to bring additional documentation. Make a checklist of necessary travel documents, such as a passport, student visa, and any additional permits. Here are some of the things you might need:

  • Valid passport: Ensure your intended stay in the host country.
  • Student visa: Check your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the requirements and apply for a student visa well in advance. Provide all necessary documents and follow the application process outlined by the host country’s embassy or consulate.
  • Acceptance letter and enrollment documents: Carry copies of your acceptance letter from your college or uni and any enrollment-related documents required for registration.
  • Financial documents: Have proof of funds, such as bank statements or scholarship letters, to demonstrate your ability to cover expenses while studying abroad.
  • Health insurance: Obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage valid in the host country for your stay. Check if your uni offers any specific requirements for insurance coverage.
  • Medical prescriptions and records: If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or take regular medications, ensure you have enough for your stay and carry relevant medical records and prescriptions.

Book your flight tickets way ahead of time

It’s important to book international travel at least a month ahead of time to get the best ticket prices. Start looking for flights as soon as you have an idea of when you want to travel. It is generally advisable to book your tickets early when travelling abroad for studies. Booking your flights in advance allows you to take advantage of lower fares, increases your chances of getting preferred seats, and ensures you have the necessary documentation to support your visa application. Try not to wait until the last minute to book a flight. You’ll be stuck paying more than if you booked your flight at least one month in advance. Two or three months early will often give you an even better price. 

Arrive at the airport early.

Most airlines recommend arriving at the airport three hours before an international flight or two hours before a domestic flight. If you’re a first-time flyer, give yourself extra time, especially if you’re flying during the holidays, travelling with kids, or checking bags. You can speed up the process by checking in online, booking a business class ticket with priority check-in privileges, and flying with a carry-on only. Never plan to arrive there just on time, give some extra time for unexpected factors like traffic, long queues through security, or anything else that might come up.

Giving yourself extra time is also one of the really important first-time flying tips. By arriving earlier, you can have the time to familiarise yourself with the actual airport, grab a bite to eat and feel rest assured that you made it on time. You can then use this as a reference for your next flight.

Wear comfortable clothes. 

Forgo the suit or stilettos and dress for comfort. It is possible to be comfortable but still presentable in loose-fitting slacks or jeans, or stretchy leggings and sneakers, flats, or low-heeled boots. Whether you’re taking a red-eye or a shorter domestic flight, you’ll want to dress comfortably for the journey. Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing, including an extra layer in case you get cold on the plane, as well as shoes you can easily slip on and off while going through security. 

Be flexible and patient

Despite careful planning, unexpected delays or disruptions can occur during international travel. Whether it’s a flight delay, a missed connection, or lost luggage, maintaining a positive attitude and being flexible will help you navigate any challenges that may arise with grace and patience.

The final component of a successful first trip to a foreign country is to keep a curious attitude and open mind. Being willing to step out of your comfort zone and experience a new place is one of the best ways to experience the world.

Despite careful planning, unexpected delays or disruptions can occur during international travel. Whether it’s a flight delay, a missed connection, or lost luggage, maintaining a positive attitude and being flexible will help you navigate any challenges that may arise with grace and patience.

The final component of a successful first trip to a foreign country is to keep a curious attitude and open mind. Being willing to step out of your comfort zone and experience a new place is one of the best ways to experience the world.

Now, have a safe trip!

 

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