Traveling around the world can be a lot of fun, but what happens when something goes wrong? Sometimes being on the other side of the world can make even the smallest of dilemmas seem impossible to fix. From losing your passport to having your bag stolen, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to fixing any travel dilemma.
The Dilemma: Running out of money
The Solution: Don’t panic, it happens to the best of us. You’ve spent weeks going to boat parties and having the time of your life, forgetting about the bank balance. There are a couple of solutions for this travel dilemma, depending on your circumstances. The first is to ask friends and family if they can bail you out. It’s not possible for everyone, but it’s worth a shot. The second is to get a job abroad. There are so many different types of job going for the seasoned traveler. You should be able to find something that suits your skillset.
The Dilemma: Losing your passport
The Solution: Losing your passport can make you feel a little bit sick. How are you going to travel now? Will you be stuck in limbo forever? Luckily, there are ways of getting this problem solved. The first thing you should do is report it missing to the local authorities. This way, if it turns up, they know where to send it. If you’ve lost your passport at home and are due to set off anytime, then that’s not a problem either. You can replace your passport here in 1 day and get back on track with your travel arrangements. If you’re abroad, then head over to your nearest embassy to get a new one sorted out.
The Dilemma: Getting sick
The Solution: Depending on where you are in the world you may be entitled to free healthcare. You should also have insurance that will help cover those pesky medical costs. Many countries will expect you to pay for any treatment they provide, so ensure you are fully insured for any eventuality. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather (Delhi Belly is a prime example), then plenty of water and rest will help. If you are really worried about your health, then ask for an expert opinion. You may, unfortunately, need to go home.
The Dilemma: Missing a flight
The Solution: It has happened to many a seasoned traveler, so try not to panic. If you’ve missed your plane, boat, train or bus then it can be easy to get worked up. However, there are solutions. The first is to talk to the travel company you booked with, to find out if there are alternative arrangements that can be made. Be warned, you may be expected to pay to change your travel times. If this isn’t possible, then look at what other forms of transport will get you to your destination. Boat trip, anyone?!
The Dilemma: Having your bag stolen
The Solution: We all know traveling isn’t necessarily the safest of adventures, all of the time. With this in mind, be prepared to have something stolen. From rucksacks being emptied in hostels to bags being swiped in the street; these dilemmas happen on a regular basis. The best thing you can do is stay vigilant at all times. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers you for theft. And invest in a shiny new padlock for your rucksack!
Most of your travel experience will be dilemma free and happy, but it’s always good to be prepared. Print this off and take it with you the next time you go abroad. It could save you a lot of panicking and tears!