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Getting Ready for Japan: 10 Tips on Preparing for a Trip

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.

by Basel Alderi, CLE Costa Mesa

Traveling abroad to Japan

Every year, CLE offers its students the opportunity to travel to new, exciting locations around the world.

This year, we asked our students, parents, and staff for suggestions on the 2015 trip, and the results are in: we are heading to Japan!

As exciting as traveling may be, it’s important to remember that preparing for the trip is an integral part of enjoying yourself abroad. After all, what fun is experiencing a new culture if you get a call from your roommate letting you know that your electric bill is overdue or that your unwashed dishes are starting to get moldy?

Travel Checklist and Must-Do’s

1. First and foremost, make sure to tell your family and your roommates about your trip and the dates you’ll be gone. If you don’t, expect to see some confused looks on everyone’s face when you’re back.

2. passportMake sure you have your passport and that it will remain current throughout your trip. Otherwise, find a passport agency near by and apply for a new passport as soon as possible. It may take up to 6 weeks for your application to get processed, excluding the time necessary for printing and shipping.

3. Start your airplane ticket search at least 4 weeks ahead of your trip. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save by purchasing your ticket early.

4. If you’re taking a shuttle to the airport, purchase your shuttle ticket at least 2 days in advance. The last thing you want before your exciting trip is to miss your flight because the shuttle was fully booked.

5. travel tip - pack earlyStart packing at least 2 days before your trip. Avoid over-packing, but make sure to include the essentials. Pack things that you can’t easily replace while abroad like your shirts, pants, and PJ’s. If you use eyeglasses, contact lenses, or retainers don’t forget to take those with you as well.

6. If you have bills that will be due while you’re abroad, pay them ahead of time to avoid penalties and late fees. This includes rent, utilities, internet, phone, etc.

7. Clean your apartment and wash your dishes before you set off. You’ll appreciate doing so once you’re back.

8. travel tip - unplug appliances Unplug all your appliances, except for your fridge, your stove, and your dishwasher. Everything else can remain off until you get back.

9. Empty your trash and recycle bin, and make sure your fridge doesn’t contain perishable foods. Your nose will appreciate it.

10. Make sure to lock all your windows and your doors. As a side note, make sure to have your keys with you when you leave.

Extra credit:

Japanese currency

11. Check TSA guidelines before packing. If you’re taking liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, or pastes, make sure each container weighs 3.4oz or less.

12. Visit a local bank and inquire about the exchange rates for your destination (in our case, the exchange rate between US dollar and Japanese yen). It’s often cheaper to exchange money at your local bank than to do so last minute at the airport exchange booth.

Newsletter Articles – May 2015

Mt Fuji

This summer, a group of CLE students will embark on our most exciting overseas trip to date. It’s one you’ve all been hoping for (yes, we do pay attention to what you’re interested in!). Give me a mental drum roll, please—and make it a taiko drum roll—because this summer we will be visiting Japan!
No offense to Ireland and Spain, but this will be our most sensational international journey yet. CLE students have visited various places in Europe and South America before, but we are braving new frontiers this year. To provide students with more variety and greater chances to expand their horizons, we will hit a whole different continent this time around. Students, take a moment to thank your parents for their feedback in the trip-planning surveys. They had a big part in choosing the destination.

Toiletry bag for travel

Nothing motivates a traveler for the perfect trip – business or pleasure – like having all the items he or she needs neatly packed and ready to go. Regardless of the reason to travel, the point is that you are going to be somewhere for a short time, and unfortunately, all possessions cannot be brought along. So pack a light, simply organized piece of luggage that will solve your basic hygiene, fashion, entertainment, and even safety needs while you are away.

CLE trip to Ireland

Anyone who has set about to travel abroad is in search of something. It could be as simple as temporary respite from the mundane, beckoning the call of long-sought adventures, or answering more ethereal questions of who am I and what is my place in this great, big world? But really, let’s be honest. Deep at the center of all of our motives behind traveling abroad are the simple questions of where are we going? When are we going to get there? And what are we going to eat??

When in Rome

How would you feel traveling to a different country?
Would you be confused by the new culture? Most people look at other cultures as different and hard to understand. There are multiple ways to familiarize one’s self with another culture. One way is to just use the internet to do research on your destination’s culture. Another approach is to be prepared, perhaps trying out the culture’s customs before you go. But most of all, make sure to keep an open mind when traveling: listen to new music, attend events, try new foods, try new clothing styles, etc. Traveling is all about opening up to the experience and the culture.

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