I hope that sharing my diverse travel excursions has sparked your interest to experience the wonders of traveling to another country. If it has, I’m sure you’re wondering, “How do I get started? Where should I go?” Well, here are some quick traveling tips that I’ve created and think that every woman should know to begin:
Do your research.
SHOTS: Each country is different even within the same continent. Find out what shots are important for the country that you plan to visit. For example, if you’re going to the Amazon you’ll need to get a shot for yellow fever.
VISAS: Check the visa requirements. Some countries allow you to get a visa when you enter, and others require getting one in advance. For example, Ecuador allows a three-month visa once you arrive.
As women we must think about our safety. When you pick a country to travel, do your homework. Learn about the country’s political status, as well as its crime rate. In addition, it is always good to have a travel companion, or go to a place where you already know someone. Finally, when you get to the country always be aware of your surroundings; try to learn about your environment and blend in as much as possible.
Teaching English is a good way to receive financial assistance during your travels abroad. Many people go to different countries and work as English teachers; it’s an opportunity to get your foot in the door. In most countries you can find a job teaching English, and some teaching positions include help with housing, visa, and travel plans. Check out these online resource networks and databases to get you started: TEFL.com and i-to-i TEFL.
Here are a few questions to ask when choosing an English teaching position:
- How many students are there per class?
- Will I be teaching adults or children?
- Is there a curriculum?
- Do they pay on time? (Sadly, some don’t.)
- What resources are available?
- Do you need a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate? (There are online classes.)
When you arrive…
Always wash your fruits and vegetables in a disinfectant, and don’t drink the water unless you are sure it is safe. For example, in Latin America there is the possibility of getting parasites from the food if it is not washed properly. If you get a stomachache or diarrhea go to a doctor as soon as possible because the sooner the parasites are detected the quicker you can go back to enjoying your trip!
Of course, these are just a few important quick tips to help you get started. They were definitely helpful to me, and have made my traveling experiences more enjoyable. Above all, be open to the journey so that you learn something in the country you’re visiting/living in. Openness will strengthen your confidence, and also cultivate a new, positive, and healthier level of self-esteem that you never knew existed. Take the leap!
Erika is the Travel Contributor for the Phoenix Rising Collective. She is an English as a Foreign Language Teacher, who lives in Cuenca, Ecuador. To express her passion for sharing her traveling and cultural experiences, she shares a verse from her spiritual practice, “Jehovah himself gives the saying; the women telling the good news are a large army.”(Psalm 68:11) Furthermore, “why should women travel the world? Learning about women of all different cultures all around the world helps us to become connected and understand ourselves better. Many women around the world don’t understand their true worth, we must help and love each other.”