Are you planning to go to the APA Convention in Toronto on 2015? It may be tough to think about something that seems so far away, but it might be helpful to start planning since this year it will be in another country!
When preparing to travel to Canada, the first thing you need is a passport. If you do not already have one, or need a replacement or renewal, you should definitely consider applying soon. Processing times take anywhere between 8 business days to 6 weeks depending on how urgent you need it. Get started today by visiting the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
After getting your passport, there are other steps that you might want to consider planning in advance. If you submitted a proposal that was accepted for presentation and you are a first author, your registration fee will be waived if you are also an APAGS member!
Other ways to get some funding for travel would be to look at travel grants. Different sections and divisions of APA offer various types of funding. APAGS offers the Convention Travel award for first time convention attendees. The deadline to apply for this award is TODAY, April 1, 2015. The APA Science Directorate also offers assistance for psychology graduate students to travel to the Convention.
Some APA Divisions of APA also offer funding for Convention travel. Be sure to check with any Division to which you are a member to see what type of funding is provided for students to attend Convention. You may also consider joining your Division’s listserv to get information on services and funding provided by your Division.
After getting your passport, and applying for funding, low cost travel would be the next thing for you to consider. Sites like Expedia and Kayak are popular for cheap travel, while accommodation sites include Hostels.com and AirBnB among others.
Do stay tuned for more tips and tricks to help you plan your Convention travel!