TIPS FOR TRAVELLING ABROAD

Teach English Worldwide strives to provide clear, comprehensive, and objective advice to anyone interested in teaching English overseas.

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator

R.W. Emerson (American poet and essayist)

It is important that you are well prepared for your trip overseas. Moving abroad to enroll in a TEFL-TESOL Course or to begin an English teaching job is more complicated than a vacation, and additional planning will make the process much easier on you.

Below, Teaching English Worldwide has composed a list of travel tips that you should review as you begin to organize your trip. It is not a comprehensive list, but it will start you thinking about all of the logistical arrangements you will need to make before heading off on your overseas adventure.

Transportation:

  • Book your flight (or other transportation) well in advance. This way, you will be sure of availability and will generally find better prices.
  • If you are flying, shop around for cheaper flights. Look at different airlines (including discount carriers), and try booking on different days (e.g. weekdays are often cheaper than weekends). You can also try flying into different cities in the region – sometimes certain airports have much cheaper international flights than other nearby destinations.
  • To streamline the flight search process, you should take a look at online reservation systems. These allow users to search for the best prices among hundreds of possible airlines, routes, and times. Some popular services, and discount airlines are listed below:

    From the US
    http://www.orbitz.com
    http://www.travelocity.com
    http://www.expedia.com
    From Europe
    http://www.ebookers.com
    http://www.edreams.com
    http://www.easyjet.com
    http://www.ryanair.com

  • If possible, arrive at least a few days before the start of your TEFL-TESOL course / job. You will appreciate the extra time to adjust to your new surroundings and recover from your trip.
  • Make sure you are aware of all visa and work permit requirements for your intended destination (see Teach English Worldwide’s “Visa and Work Permit” section for more detailed info.)