Buzz·Posted on Jul 26, 201519 Study Abroad Tips That Are Actually Helpful♫ 'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane...♫by Anna KopskyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their best study abroad advice. Here are their helpful tips. 1. Plan all of your side trips as soon as possible. The earlier you book your flight from England to Paris, or wherever you go, the less it'll cost! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures -- susanr4 2. Don't let sleepiness bog you down. If you have the choice between a nap and a chance to explore, EXPLORE. You won't regret it. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- lexlex012 3. Learn a little bit about your new country before you get there, so you're not totally in the dark when discussing with your new foreign friends. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- Mike Ferkol, Facebook 4. And make a valid attempt to learn the language. If you don't know it before you arrive, try learning once you're there. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC -- Jessa Anne Wicks, Facebook 5. Figure out what you'll need to buy in your new country, before arriving. Will you be given thin sheets and no cooking supplies? You can plan for that in your budget. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- Andrew Ziegler 6. Ask around about awesome resources you might be missing out on, like tour groups that'll plan your weekend trips for you. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You don't want your trip to end and you find you could have saved a ton of money staying in a cool AF bed-and-breakfast in Germany with your new BFFs.-- Tiara Paedia, Facebook 7. Learn how to read a map and navigate WITHOUT electronics. It's a lot safer, and you'll be quick on your toes. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Syco Entertainment -- jessicaz4 8. Scan all of your important documents, like your passport and acceptance letter to your university, *just* in case. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Things can get missing along the way when you’re in transit in many places!-- keziastephaniek 9. You've probably heard this a million times, but it's gospel: Don't let your relationship hold you back. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures Don't let it hold you back from going at all, and don't opt out of certain trips or learning opportunities because your S.O. discourages you. You're ultimately abroad for you.-- Kelsey Nebl, Facebook 10. Think very hard about what you pack. You want to make sure what you're lugging around is useful! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "You can buy things like full-sized bottles of shampoo, an umbrella, and even some outfits and pairs of shoes once you actually arrive at your destination."-- lseitz01 11. Say "YES" to every damn opportunity. Especially if it sounds silly -- you'll be likely to meet other people who think it's silly, too, and that's how you make friends! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures -- Ellie Bate 12. And don't be afraid to take some crazy risks. Those make the best stories, after all. View this post on -- Mike Ferkol, Facebook 13. Actually go to class, even if the attendance policy is more lax than you're used to. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickelodeon "You still need to pass your classes. You're there because of school!"-- joshuaashford 14. Hang out and explore with people who aren't from your home country -- make friends from all over the world! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- Emily Lynn, Facebook 15. But you're also allowed to hang out with people who ~know where you're coming from~. It can make you feel less homesick. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- Brianna Tichý, Facebook 16. If you're comfortable and feel safe, DO take trips alone -- you can decide where to stay, eat, and explore without having to ask anyone else. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickelodeon -- Seth Peyla, Facebook 17. Document EVERYTHING, from the local hot spots to the bathroom in your homestay. Take pictures so you never forget your home away from home. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com -- Anna Kopsky 18. At some point you'll realize that you're actually living there, and you will stop doing and seeing as many things. Don't forget that your time abroad actually ends. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BBC -- Spencer Althouse 19. And if your schedule allows it, go abroad multiple times throughout college. You don't know when you'll get a chance to visit new countries after you graduate. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Walt Disney Pictures -- Kayla Coffman, Facebook Want to be featured in a BuzzFeed post? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!