ALWAYS carry medicines, both prescription and non-prescription, in factory or pharmacy packaging.
Take a copy of the prescription with you. You may need it to carry the drug into the country.
Find out, from the country’s embassy or consulate, if the drug is legal or is considered a controlled substance in the country. You can go to jail in some countries if you are in possession of a controlled substance.
Please refer to the section on taking medications abroad in your Study Abroad Handbook for more information.
Is the hostel you’re considering mentioned in a guidebook? Lonely Planet and similar books are good resources.
Does it have a website? Are there photos?
Is it part of an international hostel association, like Hostelling International?
Can you find comments online from other folks who have stayed there?
Is there a place for you to safely store your things?
International Romance (and why a US Passport is more valuable to some than a big diamond)
Be aware that different cultures have different ideas about relationships, dating and appropriate behavior concerning these issues.
It’s probably not the best idea to get married while you’re abroad. Be aware that an individual may be interested in you more for your citizenship than for your shining intellect, wholesome southern beauty and cute American accent.