The Learning Abroad Center offers products and services to make your travel planning easier.
Visit the Learning Abroad Center Resource Center in 230 Heller Hall (map) for more resources on traveling abroad.
The Learning Abroad Resource Center has a travel library of Lonely Planet Guidebooks and various books on working, teaching, living, and traveling abroad. Items must remain in resource library.
It is important for you to obtain the appropriate travel documents for your time abroad. Although the Learning Abroad Center does not issue passports or visas, there are a number of helpful resources available to help you obtain these important travel documents.
The Learning Abroad Center offers travel advising appointments. Consider meeting with a travel adviser to help prepare you for your travels abroad. Travel advisers may also be able to help you with basic logistics, such as money matters, general transportation issues, and recommended sites to visit.
To schedule a 30 minute travel advising appointment contact the Learning Abroad Center at 612.626.9000 or visit our office in 230 Heller Hall (map) to schedule an appointment.
Note: Due to the changing nature of visa requirements and processes, travel advisers are not able to offer assistance with these matters. For information on entry requirements and visas, visit the State Department website.
Paperboy.com Search for newspaper links from around the globe and catch up on the current news in your destination before you go
World Hum Multiple links, foreign newspapers, and alternative travel writing including travel blogs
CountryReports.org Information by country about geography, economy, history, culture, and customs
CIA The World Factbook Detailed information and statistics about every country in the world
Trip adviser: Get reviews and recommendations on lodging and things to see from others who have been there
Travelmag: Get ideas of places to visit and things to do from entertaining travelogues
What to pack? Pack using a checklist so you ensure you bring all the necessities for your experience abroad. Keep in mind that you will likely purchase additional items and souvenirs while abroad. Leave extra space in your luggage or bring an extra bag. Remember, many basic items can be purchased almost anywhere in the world. For some items, such as toiletries, it may make more sense to bring a small amount and purchase more locally as needed.
Documents and IDs
The following sites offer travel products for purchase:
Midwest Mountaineering: Great selection of backpacks and travel gear located right on the West Bank in Minneapolis
REI: Travel gear online or at three locations in the Twin Cities area
Amazon.com: Competitive prices on several brands of travel products
Magellans.com: Wide variety of travel products for all travelers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get information on disease risks and necessary immunizations for your destination
World Health Organization: Keep up-to-date with global health issues and find vaccination requirements and malaria recommendations listed by country
Boynton Health Services: Information on getting immunizations and international travel for U of M students
US State Department: Passport information, visa requirements, and government announcements and warnings about your destination
xe.com: Conversion rates for every currency in the world plus a useful tool that allows you to convert US Dollars to foreign currency and vice versa
Expatistan: Cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world
letravelstore: Figure out if you need a voltage converter or adapter for the appliances you plan to take abroad
Students Abroad: A website developed by the U.S. State Department for students traveling and studying abroad
Monetos European Guide: A guide for living and traveling in Europe
Although somewhat less predictable than using a travel agent, booking online may save travelers a considerable amount of money. Online agencies may offer less customer support than the personal service given by a travel agent, so remember to read the fine print.
Check out these sites:
STA Travel: Great listing of travel deals for students
kayak.com: A great site that searches multiple airlines consecutively
travelocity.com: Discounted prices on air, car & hotels
expedia.com: Discounted prices on air, car & hotels
justfares.com: Excellent prices for many regions of the world
studentuniverse.com: Discounted airfare just for students
icelandair.com: Consistently good prices for certain European destinations
cheapflights.com: Discounted prices on air & hotels
Online Search Engines
Hostels are very inexpensive places to stay and can be found in almost every city. Hostels are different than hotels in that travelers sleep four to six in a dorm-style room. This offers a great opportunity to meet other people and even become travel partners, especially for solo travelers. Hostelling in Europe is a popular option for those backpacking around the continent or making weekend getaways while studying abroad. Hostel memberships are available from Hostelling International.
Worldwide Hostel Search Engines:
Mobility International USA: Advice for travelers with disabilities