[ID:8879] The Travel Essentials section is your source for practical advice in advance of your international adventure. Once you've applied for a program (see The Go Abroad Application Process), then it's time to begin research, planning and preparation. Although you might be eager to jump on a plane and head abroad, don't underestimate the importance of the pre-departure phase. This is the time when you get to research your host country, plan your personal goals and think practically about staying safe and healthy for the duration of your trip. Don't miss this must-read section!
- Prepare, prepare, prepare: The more time you can give yourself to plan before going abroad, the better.
- Read up: Know the history and latest news of the country you are traveling to. It will tip you off about potential danger zones and health risks, as well as enriching your understanding.
- Be smart about socializing: Being abroad is...