Life doesn’t take a break even if you go away on vacation. Many of us have experienced – or have yet to experience – the dread of being in a foreign country when something goes terribly wrong. It could be as simple as having all of your stuff stolen, as unsettling as falling ill in a strange country, or as traumatic as losing a loved one at home while you’re away.
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No matter what kind of crisis you’re going through, it’s important to have a backup plan and be prepared. Here is a list of the most common things that can go wrong on vacation, making it easier to stay calm and confident when you need it the most.
Let’s start with the most innocent one – as well as the most common one. If you have experienced the long minutes of watching the luggage carousel slowly emptying out, anticipating your own bag any moment now – and then seeing that other red suitcase return for a fifth time, you start to realize that it’s not going to happen. It’s not coming.
While you might feel a bit lost and thoroughly disappointed with your airliner, the first thing you should do is get in touch with those waiting for you. It’s tempting to immediately join the queue of other tourists who have also lost their luggage but, depending on the country you’re in, the wait can be quite long.
Give them a quick call, fill in the form, and collect your bag in a few days. In the meantime, buy yourself some clean underwear and laugh it off.
Losing a loved one
It’s strange how we just get a feeling that something is wrong; that text from someone who would never contact you while you’re abroad, a quick phone call telling you to call your siblings immediately – it makes your heart stop for a second. This rather long but rewarding read tells the story of a traveler who lost his mom while vacationing, and how the simple act of keeping your chin up and staying positive can determine the rest of your stay.
In some cases, however, it’s not an alternative to keep your chin up – especially if the loss was completely unexpected. This is when a backup of savings can make it a lot easier to get back home quickly, a friendly loan from a family member or simply looking at payday installment loans to cover your sudden travel expenses.
It’s in times like these that you need something to fall back on – as well as support from your family at home.
While we all think we’re destined to stay healthy on holiday, the chances are actually quite high for needing medical attention when you’re abroad. Dehydration, strange bacterias, and the sheer exhaustion of being in a foreign country can be enough for your organism to need some attention from a doctor.
Make sure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance handy before you leave and include your travel companion on it as well – it will be reassuring for both of you.
That many tourists before you have been mugged should come as no surprise. It’s a reason for all the warnings and bids to keep your personal belongings close to you – and remember that thieves are sneaky. Luckily, the experience doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being held at gunpoint; they’ll steal your phone without you even realizing that it’s gone, so befriend your fanny pack and leave your most valuable possessions in a safe.
You’re more likely to be mugged in a crowded place and near tourists attractions, so be extra vigilant when you’re out and about. They like to target people who are distracted – by a street entertainer, for example, and you’d be wise to stay alert and keep your eyes open. Your friend will undoubtedly be grateful for your shout when you see someone with their hands down their purse.
You can usually claim your things back through your travel insurance, though, so there’s no reason for despair. Prepare yourself for a few hours at the police station, fill out whatever form they want you to fill out, and be more careful next time.
Life can be inconsiderate and ruthless, no matter how prepared you are for fun and relaxation. Treat yourself to a positive attitude, assess your options, and consider whether getting yourself on a plane back home is the best thing to do. In either case, you’ll be able to make an experience out of it.