About the Author: Elizabeth Finan serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
When I was in college, I always looked forward to spring break. It was a welcome respite from the stress of midterm exams and the brutal New England winter. One year, I visited three different countries during a Caribbean cruise. While preparing for the trip, I focused on packing the right clothing and making sure I remembered my sunscreen (SPF 45, of course). If I had known then what I know now, however, I would have made sure I also checked out the State Department’s resources for student travelers.
Every student’s first stop should be studentsabroad.state.gov. It’s a one-stop shop with useful safety and travel tips. After reviewing the information about the country you’re visiting, you should sign up online for our more »