Traveling alone as a teenager for the first can seem overwhelming and no one knows that better than we do. That’s why we scoured our expert articles directory to come up with a comprehensive resource of tips for teens traveling abroad for the first time.
Teen travel abroad isn’t just about the Instagram likes. You’re there to step outside your own backyard and out of your comfort zone. You’re also there to learn – about yourself, about your host culture, about your home culture, and more about the world at large. You’re going to work hard, play hard, and explore far and wide.
It won’t be easy, but we think you’re up to the task. So, ask yourself:
Are you ready to take advantage of travel opportunities for teens?
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What are your first steps?
There are steps to this kind of thing?
How do you get your parents on board?
Two words: Powerpoint. Presentation.
How do you make the most of this experience?
Put. The. Phone. Down.
How important is knowing the language before you get there?
*Gulp* There’s a language requirement???
The list of questions to ask before preparing for traveling alone as a teenager just gets longer and longer the more you think about it. But, we’ve already thought about it. In fact, at GoAbroad we’ve thought about it for 20+ years in the field, and we’ve learned a thing or two in all that time.
As part of GoAbroad’s mission to provide the best and most comprehensive resources for meaningful travelers, our writers share their best tips for first time teen travelers every step of the way:
From sage advice like:
Having fun is a vital part of studying abroad, but the world doesn’t turn into a playground, ready for all visitors to stroll on through. Cultural norms, religious observances, and even public volume are all little things that any respectful travel (regardless of age) should be aware of.
- Raquel Thoesen, Addressing Your High School Study Abroad Health & Safety Concerns
To travel tips like:
Short-term or two week high school study abroad programs give you the chance to get your feet wet in the whole going abroad experience and make the most of school breaks or holidays. Plus, a study abroad summer high school program or two week study abroad high school program is a great way to break your parents into the idea of perhaps a study abroad high school semester.
- Kendall Dick, How to do High School Abroad in 8 Easy Steps
Teen travel abroad is “lit” as the kids say
You don’t have to take my word for it, but you should take our writers’ words! They are the experts with real experience and all the best info on how how to get your parents on board, the best possible program options for you, how to fund your time abroad, and anything you might need to know. So, now you can go out into the world and really soak it all in!
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