We’ve definitely all met a frantic traveler… or been one. And it’s easy to be them- traveling is quick to put you into a high stress situation! While traveling, we have to carry our lives in our luggage, making each item ten times more valuable. Keeping track of people, things, and ourselves is easier said than done.
Here are the some common travel mishaps, and how to avoid them.
1. Losing Your Passport
A TRAVELER’S WORST NIGHTMARE.
How to Avoid: Pack your passport away the night before traveling, keep it in either your hotel safe (carry a photocopy!) or locked in your bag. When you take it out, remember to always put it back!
If it Happens: Find your embassy ASAP.
You really shouldn’t have a reason to carry your passport around unless you’re traveling, checking into a hotel, or in some countries (such as Nepal), buying a SIM card, so leave it at home! In specific countries, however, its important to carry it around on your person at all times.
2. Running Out of Money
How to Avoid: Budget enough for the average cost per day, then bring a little more.
If it Happens: Find a job teaching English, in a cafe, or in a hostel! Sign up for WWOOF and do some farm work in exchange for accommodation, (sometimes) food, and an experience like no other.
3. Being Pickpocketed
How to Avoid: Don’t flash your valuables, and look up classic scams for your destination. When being asked for directions or help, hold your bag a little closer.
4. Damaging Electronic Devices
How to Avoid: Get a good phone/laptop/camera case, bring a hard drive, and BACK FILES UP. Getting some insurance is also a good idea.
5. Not Planning ANYTHING
How to Avoid: Spend some time on an airplane, in a car, or or wherever and whenever you can afford it, to quickly google some things to do and see.
If it Happens: Check into your hotel/hostel and ask the other guests/staff what their favorite thing in the city is. If you’re traveling solo, this is also a great way to meet others. If they’re not the most helpful, then take a walk around the city to see what’s interesting to you!
How to Avoid: Pack what you think you’ll need, then half it! I always use this tip.
If it Happens: You’ve got three options. A) lug around your stuff, B) ship it home (although depending on where home is, you might have to pay a pretty penny for shipping), and C) donate it!
8. Not Checking Visa Requirements
How to Avoid: Before booking flights, always look at the requirements and if you meet them! To easily find information about visas, go to the destination’s government site. The visa application process and requirements will be there!