Every year, many students prepare to begin their study abroad or mission trips. The excitement of different cultures and unexperienced locations can overshadow the need for attention to the small planning details.Tips for a study abroad or mission tripExplore networking opportunities With those who have returned from your field. Sharing experiences and asking questions provides a basis for upcoming studies and service. It can be a real head start in planning the steps to academic and mission success. Learning from others prepares you to teach others.Productivity Is dependent on arriving and assimilating safely. Carefully thought out goals for your study abroad program or mission cannot be realized without a steady eye to safe travel in route and on the ground.Safety This begins at home. It is almost instinct to post about upcoming travels on social media to 500 of our closest friends. Don’t do it! Nothing is private and you are just announcing to the world that no one will be home and your belongings are free for the taking. While burglary is not guaranteed, why risk it? Post your pictures and experiences once you get home.