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Tips on Traveling from the 21CCCS Staff

Do you have any interest in traveling in the future?  Ms. MacLuckie gathered traveling tips from members of the 21CCCS staff.

The world is a huge place filled with different climates, people, and cultures. Taking the opportunity to travel can be an exciting, but sometimes stressful, experience. Whether you have never considered hopping on a plane to some foreign location or you have already travelled all over, traveling tips and advice can always be helpful!


Many of the staff members at 21CCCS have travelled internationally and would love to share some of their tips with you. Take a look!


  • Have a plan, but be flexible (Ms. Leber)- It’s nice to arrive in a new city knowing some things that you would like to see or do.  It is also important to allow for fun detours or exploration of something totally unplanned that you discover when you arrive.  Often just exploring a city on foot can be even more fascinating and informative than visiting major tourist attractions.
  • Pack lightly (Ms. Leskinen)- Make sure items that you pack are easy to wear and clean.  I purchased all my toiletries while abroad to save room in my luggage.
  • Be open-minded, but aware (Mrs. Coletti)- Being flexible and open-minded will help you adapt to your new surroundings and cultural norms.  Also, if you are going to be in an under-developed area, be diligent about safe drinking water.
  • Learn a little bit of the language (Ms. MacLuckie)- When I was traveling in Costa Rica, it was very helpful to learn some key phrases like “How much does it cost?” and “Where is the bathroom?”
  • Don’t be afraid (Ms. Hoyt)- There are going to be plenty of new things to try— new foods, new activities, new languages, etc. Don’t be afraid to experience new things!
  • Make it happen (Mr. Meyer)- Seek out and take any opportunity you have to go somewhere you’ve never been.  It’s absolutely amazing what you can gain and experience by simply removing yourself from your usual surroundings.  Wherever you go, don’t forget to take a journal and write everyday!


No matter where you decide to go, or what you decide to do, always keep these small pieces of advice in the back of your mind. They will help make your next traveling experience the best it can be!


Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for our post series, “Where in the world is…” Teachers will be sharing some photos and stories from their travels. If you have a “Where in the world is…” post that you would like to share, please send a short (1 paragraph) explanation of your experience and a picture to kmacluckie@21cccs.org. We look forward to hearing about your traveling adventures!