There are loads of great resources to help you plan and prepare for your adventures abroad.
Here are our top picks.

At International TEFL Academy, we understand that teaching English abroad entails far more than just taking a TEFL course or signing a contract.  That is why we have created a worldwide community and network for our alumni in addition to providing personal service and support as well as lifetime Job Search Guidance through our Student Affairs Department.

Listed below are many of the exclusive travel deals that all our students and graduates can take advantage of when moving overseas. You will also find some great travel resources that our staff of experienced travelers use and recommend frequently:

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Student Universe

Student Universe

StudentUniverse provides exclusive discounts, rewards, and experiences for students, faculty and youth (18-25). Please contact them directly for more details regarding eligibility and requirements for their travel deals.




A great flight search engine for fares leaving from the United States. This is an excellent starting point for searching for cheap airline tickets.


Google Flights

Google Flights

Another great flight search engine that lets you enter your departure airport and see flights all over the world so you can choose the cheapest destination.




A global travel search site, Skyscanner helps you find cheap airline tickets so you can book your trip at the best price.


The Flight Deal

The Flight Deal

The flight Deal helps you track discount airfare tickets by sharing flight deals regularly. Whether you're planning ahead or traveling spontaneously, you will find your fair amount of deals here.



Secret Flying

Secret Flying

Secret Flying is another great site to help you find cheap flight deals around the world.





A staff favorite! This site connects you with homeowners who rent out their homes, apartments or rooms to you.


Homestay allow guests to book a room in a local person’s home on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis for a fee. There is always a host present during the stay, enhancing the guest’s travel experience through their hospitality and local knowledge.




Hostelworld is a great site for searching and booking hostels around the world.

A great resource for booking cheap hotels and other accommodation around the world.



Easy Roommate

Find apartments and roommates worldwide.



Easy agoda

Great resource for finding budget-friendly hotels and resources.




Matches member travelers with welcoming hosts in more than 100,000 cities and towns all over the world who open their doors and their couches/spare bedrooms.




Roomi is a shared housing platform making it safer and easier for ITA students to search for room rentals, sublets, and roommates. Use code “TEFL25” for $25 off your booking fee!



Blue Stripe

Blue Stripes

Blue Stripe is Europe’s largest provider of accommodations for students studying and working abroad. Contact them and mention "TEFL" to receive €50 off any booking in the summer months (May-August) or a full semester booking.



Housing Anywhere

Housing anywhere

Europe’s number one booking platform for international students going abroad, trusted by over 130 universities worldwide. HousingAnywhere helps their student to find quality accommodation near their university, hosted by trust landlords.




International Insurance

World Nomads

World Nomads

World Nomads insurance covers people from over 150 countries, with medical and evacuation cover, 24-hour emergency assistance and cover for a large range of adventure activities.


Allianz Global Assistance


Another popular travel insurance company, Allianz Global Assistance lets you choose from 3 insurance plans and provides a 24-hour assistance hotline as well.


Travel/Teaching Guides

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

We have the full library in our Chicago headquarters. This is our favorite travel guidebook and our 50+ staff of travelers never gets on a plane without one. Make sure to grab a book or digital guide before moving abroad: awesome e-book discounts / buy any 2 books, get the 3rd for free.




Triposo is a travel guide app that provides you with smart travel content across 50,000 destinations worldwide. Tips, maps, personalized suggestions... It's free and it works offline too!


Rough guides

rough guides

Another great travel guide that we recommend. Just as the Lonely Planet, they provide comprehensive practical information tailored for those traveling on a budget.



ita press

Every teacher has their go-to resources to turn to when preparing their lessons and keeping their teaching skills sharp. Check out ITA's series of TEFL Textbooks!





One of the best ways to see Europe and on a budget is through train travel. Buy your Eurail pass here if you are going abroad to teach in Europe.




Rome2rio helps you get from point A to point B the cheapest way possible and in over 158 countries! Flight, train, bus, ferry, driving... Enter your destination and it will display instantly your best options.




Not feeling like taking the train? Share a ride! A really affordable way to travel from one city to another, BlaBlacar connects you to a driver with an empty seat and going the same way in 22 countries.




Travel across Europe on a bus! Eurolines is one of Europe's leading bus operator with a network of 600 destinations across 36 European countries and Morocco.





We recommend reading our Taxes article and reviewing some of our tax resources when it comes to tax preparation for teaching English abroad.


Gregory Lucyshin


Our staff recommends expat accountant Gregory Lucyshyn, who has been preparing US tax returns for foreigners or citizens living abroad since 2005. You can contact Greg directly at




For simpler tax returns, e-file offers a great affordable interface to e-file for Americans.




If you are are not a U.S. citizen, you should consult the relevant government bodies for taxation and overseas citizens for your nation.

For Americans, we recommend reviewing the IRS website for all up-to-date information.


Visas & Other Documents



You need a passport to teach English abroad. We recommend reading our passport article in preparation for your upcoming journey.




Learn more about visas for teaching English abroad in our visas & documents index.


Documents You Need


There will always be variations, but here is a brief rundown on what sorts of documents will be required for you to teach English abroad.


Money & Finances


Everything you need to know about money, finances and teaching English abroad.



Other Resources

The Points Guy

The Points Guy

A miles & travel news site, the Points Guy gives you the opportunity to make the most of your frequent flyer miles and credit card points so you can travel even more. Definitely worth checking out.




edX is the nonprofit online learning destination, founded by Harvard and MIT, that offers more than 900 high-quality courses from the world's best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.


Book Depository

The Book Depository

One of the world’s largest dedicated online booksellers, offering over nine million book titles, available for dispatch within 48 hours. Offers free delivery on every order, to over 100 countries.


Living & Traveling Abroad Tips


Everything you need to know about living and traveling abroad including health & safety tips.


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