This is not physical or mental, but before you do anything else, immediately go and apply for a passport if you don’t already have one! If you do have one, check that it is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your trip ends. COVID has drastically slowed passport processing and renewal times, so don’t wait!
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It is important to be ready, both physically and mentally, for your trip. We go hard and accomplish a lot during our time abroad.
First, keep your eye out for the information and resources that we will be sending you about your trip and your social cause. The more you know and understand, the more this experience will mean to you and the more prepared you will be to make a meaningful difference.
Second, understand the nature of travel. The unexpected and the unplanned happen from time to time—flights are delayed or canceled, weather affects excursions, schedules get changed, etc.—it’s all an innate part of travel. Have a positive attitude and realize that whatever happens, you have the choice to see the good.
Third, get ready physically. You don’t have to be Hercules, just be ready to walk A LOT (a few miles per day) and be prepared to participate in your specific destination’s excursions. Each trip has unique adventures such as zip-lining, hiking, snorkeling, surfing lessons, etc. that involve physical activity. You can see the physical fitness level required for each trip on our Trips Comparison page.
Lastly, practice getting uncomfortable: try new foods, start conversations with people you don’t know, put away your phone for a few hours every day, etc. Traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, but it can also be full of moments that are new, hard, or uncomfortable. New people, new cultures, new languages, and new food can be a lot to take in at times. Everything you do to get ready now will make it that much easier. Just know that we’ll be there to walk you through all of it and help make the experience amazing!