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Overcome your fear of travelling abroad with English Path

Moving abroad to study can be an exciting experience. But it is a big change, and like any change, it can also bring a sense of fear. In this case, that is the fear of travelling abroad. At English Path, we know how important it is to overcome these fears to fully enjoy the opportunities that are waiting for you. That's why we've created a guide to help you overcome your fear of travelling abroad. With our guide, you can make the most of your language-learning journey and have a wonderful and fun experience at English Path.

1. Understand the cause of your fear of travelling abroad

To overcome your fear, it’s important to understand it first. What is it that you’re afraid of? What is holding you back? Some of the common fears that students feel when they move abroad to study are:

  • Missing family and friends from back home.
  • Not understanding the local language.
  • Finding it hard to make friends in a new place.
  • Worrying about safety and security.
  • Fear of getting lost while using public transport.
  • Difficulty finding a good place to live and getting used to it.

Recognising and admitting these fears to yourself is the first step. When you understand your fear of travelling abroad, you can start working on it and create a new life for yourself in a new country.

2. Research and familiarise yourself with the destination

Knowledge is power. If you're worried about moving abroad to a new place, start by learning as much as you can about it. Find out about the people who live there, what they do, and what they like. Make a note of emergency numbers in case you need them. You can also learn how to get around by using maps and apps, which will help you feel more comfortable when travelling around the city.

3. Connect with other students at English Path

Don't worry if you feel scared or nervous about going to another country to learn English. There are many students who feel the same way. You can connect with these students when you arrive at your English Path school. Talking to students who know what it’s like can also help you to be more relaxed and positive. They can give you advice, share their own experiences, or even become your friends!

4. Plan and prepare for travelling abroad

It's important to plan out your journey in detail. This means figuring out what you'll be doing each day, where you'll be staying, and how much money you'll need. Having a plan can help you feel less worried and more in control. It's also a good idea to share your plan with someone you trust, like a friend or family member. Don't forget to make a list of the things you need to take with you and make sure you have all your important documents.

5. Learn basic travel phrases in English

If you're going to study English abroad, it's a good idea to learn some basic phrases in English before travelling abroad. These phrases can be very useful during your trip, especially if you're travelling to an English-speaking country. Some examples of important phrases are:

  • Simple greetings: Hello, goodbye
  • Polite phrases: Please, thank you, excuse me
  • Asking for directions: Where is…?
  • Asking about the prices: How much does this cost?

By practising these phrases, you'll feel more comfortable using them in everyday conversations.

6. Welcome new opportunities with open hands

One of the joys of travelling abroad is the many opportunities it brings. You can learn about different cultures, visit new places, meet interesting people, and make new friends. So, go out more, participate in group activities organised by English Path as part of the social programme and attend local cultural events. By taking part in these events, you can overcome any fears you might have about making friends or feeling lost.

7. Stay connected with your family and friends at home

It's normal to feel homesick when studying abroad. Stay in touch with your family and friends back home to feel better. You can talk to them via video calls, share your experiences and keep them updated on what's happening with you. Having people who care about you can make you feel better. Just remember, while it's okay to miss home, try not to forget about all the amazing new experiences and opportunities waiting for you in your new home.

Overcoming your fear of travelling abroad is a slow process that takes a lot of time and patience. By following these practical steps, you can improve your language skills and build confidence to explore new places more easily. At English Path, we believe languages should connect people, not separate them, and we're here to support you every step of the way. So, pack your bags, take a deep breath, and start your amazing language-learning journey!

Frequently asked questions about the fear of travelling abroad

A1. To overcome your fear of travelling abroad alone, start by taking small steps like planning ahead and staying connected with friends or family at home.  Research the place you're going to so you can feel more familiar before you go. Connect with other students at English Path through our social media channels and get some travel tips from them. Remember, it's okay to feel nervous, but with some preparation and support, you can have a great adventure. 

A2. Yes, do some research about the place you're travelling to so you can be better prepared. Make sure you have all the important documents you need, like your passport and visa, and keep them safe. It's also a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts with you, just in case. Finally, stay aware of your surroundings. 

A3. It's totally normal to miss your home when you're travelling abroad. To feel better, try to stay in touch with your loved ones through calls, messages, or video chats. You can also bring some familiar things from home to help you feel more comfortable and less homesick. 

A4. If you're unsure about trying new foods in a foreign country, start with dishes that you're familiar with and then slowly try out the local cuisine. You can also look for restaurants that serve international dishes. 

A5. Try planning your routes ahead of time. You can use maps or apps on your phone to help you find your destination and figure out the right directions. Using apps can also help you deal with any travel issues, which can happen wherever you are. If you get lost or are not sure, don't be afraid to ask for directions from locals if you need help.