International Travel Guide: Getting through the airport
A step-by-step travel guide for minors traveling alone and first-time travelers
Are you a first-time traveler, new to the whole airport thing, traveling alone as a minor, it’s your first time abroad, or all of the above? No worries! Traveling internationally can seem scary at first but it’s really not that big of a deal! (Okay, it IS a big deal because it’s awesome, but the process is not a big deal because it’s not difficult). Knowing what to do in the airport will give you the confidence and peace of mind to travel internationally like a pro! That’s why we’ve broken down the entire process of going through international airports into easy steps!
→ Step 1: Make sure you have your passport and any other documentation needed
→ Step 2: Book your flight online (once you know your travel dates!)
→ Step 3: Pack and make sure you have adequately-sized luggage
→ Step 4: Check in for your flight (online or once you arrive to the airport)
→ Step 5: Get to the airport early! (2-3 hours before departure time)
→ Step 6: Drop off any checked luggage at the check-in counter
→ Step 7: Say farewell to your loved ones!
→ Step 8: Go through security (you can look online for what’s allowed and what isn’t)
→ Step 9: Get to your gate (found on your boarding pass and airport screens)
→ Step 10: Board the plane and enjoy your flight!
→ Step 11: Make your connection (if you have one)/Customs and Border Patrol
→ Step 12: Arrive to your destination! You made it!
Now that doesn’t seem so bad, does it? The cool thing about airports and traveling is that it involves a lot of people (of all ages) being in an unfamiliar location or going to places they’ve never been before! That means that there are signs, screens, help desks, airport agents, security guards, etc. throughout every single part of any international airport (in various languages) so that you can easily get the information you need for successful traveling! If at any time you are ever unsure of what to do next or where to go, find an airport employee or help desk and they will guide you. Also make sure to look at your boarding pass and ticket for useful information such as what airline you are flying, flight number, and departure time. Pay attention to any signs throughout the airport and watch the screens which are constantly displaying the information of all flights.
If you are studying abroad with Centro MundoLengua, we will most likely be picking you up from the airport. Make sure to confirm any travel plans or pickup information with us before you leave. During your travels and time abroad, keep the Centro MundoLengua office phone numbers and any additional contact information we send you prior to your trip with you at all times.
Centro MundoLengua Office-
(Spain number): +34 954 00 42 65
(US number): 312 376 8034
Still want more info? Check out some of our other blogs for travel tips, such as Packing List for Europe, and explore our study abroad programs to find your next adventure!