Don't stop dreaming, start planning!
Whoever is thinking about going abroad right now is probably getting sceptical looks. Nevertheless, Covid-19 is no reason to give up on your dream of studying, volunteering, working, or travelling abroad. Many young people have had to change their plans, but this doesn’t mean that the chance is lost forever.
Instead, take this as an opportunity to plan and prepare for your trip. There are many online resources to help you with this and remember, don’t stop dreaming!
DOCUMENTS YOU MIGHT NEED
Ready to hit the road? Are you ready though? There are a few things which you need to plan ahead of your travel, and getting yourself a valid passport in time is key.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.
The European Youth Card is a card for young people offering a large number of discounts on culture, travel, accommodation, shopping and services in most European countries. If you live in Scotland and are aged 11-26, you can also get the Young Scot National Entitlement Card for things like money-off, exclusive rewards and proof-of-age.
RELOCATION AND TRAVEL ADVICE
Check the UK Government's advice for travel to a specific country. This includes safety and security, terrorism, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health and money.
This website has information on the rights of EU citizens, including travel, work, vehicles, residence formalities, education, youth, health, family, and consumers.
Moving overseas? Leaving your hometown for the first time? No idea where to start and how to organise your move? We’ve got the information.
A risk assessment of various international locations, including the Travel Risk Map. From a trip to Rio to an international assignment in Kosovo, or a layover in Istanbul, you can map your location risk profile.
Learning a new language can help you get a fulfilling experience during your travels. Find out how your trip abroad can help you improve your fluency with our tips and tricks.
Learning a new language is a long road and poring over textbooks can feel like a chore. So here are our top tips for including language learning in your daily life.
Make the most of your prep time by learning a language and get ready for your travels! Here's a list of some language learning apps - try a few different ones and pick what works best for you.
USEFUL TOOLS AND TIPS
A step-by-step guide to check you have everything. Before going on a trip, you need a plan: ensure you have the right travel documents and health requirements, research a sound itinerary, and check out discount cards, guides and online travel portals.
Travelling independently for the first time is exciting, but it can be scary. Following these guidelines will take away a lot of your worries!
“As a budget backpacker I usually stay in hostels and find ways to save money wherever possible, and I try to be environmentally sustainable” – seasoned traveller Kieran from Wales will help you plan your adventure.
Mapping and visualising your trip
There are free online tools to map and visualise your travel plans, like those offered by the Travellers point, tripline or triphappy. Use them to create interactive maps to both plan and also share your experience – make it literally unforgettable.
Whether you prefer to travel far and wide, or like to return to that nice little spot around the corner, we all find ourselves daydreaming about our next trip. That is why we brought together some useful hints and tips for you to start your journey, about transport and accommodation.
If you have any questions about the country you are visiting, you can also get in touch with the local Eurodesk information point and get personalised advice. Eurodesk links to over 1,600 youth organisations across Europe – come talk to us!
The foreign ministries of the EU Member States are responsible for providing travel advice to their citizens. In emergencies, this advice may change frequently. Visit the linked national websites for country-specific updates.