Written by ESC Admin on 08 Nov 2020 Posted in Blog
It can be a hassle to fly, whether for fun or to meet your study destination. Moving loads of possessions; using new modes of public transport; getting to where you need to be for travel changes at certain times. It can all be a little daunting, particularly if you're on your own. Plus, there is the emotional factor of leaving behind friends and family. So what can you do to make sure that you safely arrive in your new country?
Make sure you know each step of the journey you are going to take. Carefully read your airline itinerary so that you know about any layovers you might expect. You can use travel planners, such as Google Maps, to inform you how you can navigate various routes and modes of transport from point A to point B. Once you arrive in the country, your university will also have details on their website about how to access their campus.
You're going to be in the air for a few hours, so make sure you're relaxed for the length of your flight. You'll be fine wearing loose clothes. As the cabin can get cold in the air, keep a scarf, fleece or sweater with you. Take a walk around the cabin every 2 hours to stimulate blood flow in your body , especially in your legs, because you will be sitting in the same position for a long time. This will help you avoid serious conditions.
Always keep an eye on your belongings, especially at airports and train stations, when travelling. Thieves are everywhere, especially where there are a lot of distractions in public places. In the case of suitcases, ensure the bags are zipped up and even padlocked. However, all baggage and belongings should also be kept close by to prevent them from being confused as missing property or a possible bomb.
When travelling or when you arrive in a foreign country, you might not have immediate access to any funds you have in your bank account. In the event of emergencies, do have a modest amount of money in cash on you. Keep this on you or in a moneybag in your pocket. If you need to purchase a specific item in an emergency, this may be helpful, or if you need to pay for extra travel or if your trip is delayed, a place to stay. It doesn't have to be a lot, because it can be dangerous, but it just has to be enough to get by in an emergency.
You've already packed some gadgets for playing, listening or watching to help spend your time travelling. Make sure, though, that you pick your moments wisely as to when to use them. It's probably best not to be interrupted by noisy music or a video game while you're waiting for important results, such as an announcement on an overhead speaker. Similarly, since they can well influence you and your journey, remember to read all notices you pass.