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Travel Around the United States

We encourage international students to travel around the United States to experience the wide variety of culture, places, and people. Here are a few hints to make your experience enjoyable and safe.
  • There are many ways to travel throughout the U.S. It is easiest to travel by car, but you can also travel by plane, bus, or train.
  • It is usually difficult to rent a car if you are under the age of 25.
  • You must possess a driver license issued by the state or country of residence in order to drive.
  • If you plan to stay in the U.S. for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a TN temporary driver license.
  • Driving laws differ in each state, be sure to research the requirements in bordering states before traveling.
  • Keep in mind that drinking and driving, and texting and driving, are both illegal in the state of Tennessee. Also, some states have laws against talking on the phone and driving.
  • Plan your trips in advance, and make a backup plan.
  • If you need a ride to the airport, give friends or office staff at least 72 hours notice.
  • Timeliness is important when traveling around the United States. Do your best to be on time!
  • Make sure you always have a copy of your passport and visa.
Couchsurfing is not recommended by our office. For safety reasons, we strongly discourage this style of accommodations. If you decide to couchsurf, please follow safety guidelines.