Making Your Trip a Success

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    Most travelers experience some degree of culture shock. How much depends on each person’s personality, knowledge of the country, expectations, maturity, and previous travel experience. The following is a list of skills that have shown to be very important in making an overseas experience successful:

    • Knowledge of the country, language and cultural aspects.
    • Tolerance of ambiguity and the ability to cope with vagueness.
    • Open-mindedness and the ability and willingness to accept diverse viewpoints.
    • Low goal and task expectations. Do not expect to accomplish too much.
    • Empathy. Try to see through the eyes of the local people.
    • Nonjudgmental. Accept and try to understand differences between cultures.
    • A sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself for your mistakes.
    • Good communication skills with and interest in the local culture.
    • Flexibility and the ability to change, adapting to new situations as they arise.
    • Ability to fail, learning from your mistakes and ignorance.
    • Accepting the responsibility to adapting and succeeding in the program.

    Safe Travel Guidance
    www.travelsmarttravelsafe.org

    U.S. Embassies and Consulates
    http://usembassy.state.gov

    Global Cell Phone Rentals
    www.cellhire.com
    www.travelcell.com
    www.planetfone.com

    Get USA Unlimited (International)
    www.studentSIMS.com

    Internet Cafes
    www.cybercafes.com

    Online Blogs
    www.mytripjournal.com
    www.facebook.com

    Travel Medicine
    www.travmed.com
    www.istm.org

    Center For Disease Control
    www.cdc.gov

    Exchange Rates
    www.xe.com
    www.travelex.com

    International Banking
    www.citibank.com
    www.americanexpress.com
    www.westernunion.com

    NOTE: Additional web-Links in other sections.
                   Also, more links provided with confirmation documents.