First Time Travelers
Worried about not having much (or any) travel experience? Not having traveled does not always mean that you will have greater difficulty on study abroad than more experienced participants. A first-time traveler who is organized, open-minded, and adaptable often has a better time, learns more, and is more of an asset to the group than an unprepared or irresponsible or inflexible person, regardless of their prior experiences.
Whether you’ve never left your hometown before or have traveled abroad before but never long term, on a program, or without your family – we’re here to guide you.
From buying a plane ticket to navigating airports, read on for tips and resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's a passport and how do I apply?
What's a visa?
How do I buy a plane ticket?
What do I pack?
How do I check in for my flight?
The check-in process at airports enables passengers to confirm they will be on the correct flight, obtain a boarding pass, and check in luggage, if desired. You'll also want to make sure to check your flight status and leave for the airport several hours prior to your departure time. Learn more.
What do I do once I get to the airport?
What is immigration and customs?
The better prepared you are for a new experience, the more you can enjoy it and learn from it. We suggest the following if you are applying to a program, have been accepted, or even if you would just like to be more knowledgeable about international travel.
- There are a ton of study abroad blogs out there, including GLO Blogs, and blogs about traveling abroad for the first time.
- GLO collects post-program evaluations for all programs. These are a great way to learn more about the student experience on the ground. You can search by city, country, or program name.
- Read one book – even a short one – on the history and culture of the place(s) you will visit
Reach out to Students
- Seek out and talk to other people who have been where you want to go. Past and current students are available in our Connect with Students section. You can search by term, city, country, program, or name!
- GLO also has a robust student ambassador program, many of whom identify as first time travelers under specialties.
Talk to GLO
GLO advisers are always happy to talk about anything that comes up during the study abroad process. Email, call, or schedule an appointment whenever you need answers or just want to chat.