Traveling is undoubtedly one of the most precious things that can happen in your life. Exploring the unknown lands, cultures, cuisines, and meeting people can significantly impact your personality. Each time we travel, we also go through a beautiful, emotional inner journey that shapes us. That’s why it’s essential to enjoy it to the fullest.
Unfortunately, every lovely trip can turn into a real pain in the neck as not everything depends on us. Nevertheless, there is always a way to minimize the risks while on the road. Below, you can find a list of potential problems you may face while traveling and ways to avoid them:
Dirty Hotel Rooms
That’s a pity that many places are way different from those presented on the website. Some hotel rooms are small and don’t have a great view like it’s promised. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not the end of disappointments.
In some spooky hotel rooms, you may find unexpected visitors, such as bed bugs sneaking around the sheets and mattress. That’s why it’s highly recommended to make a bed bug check once you arrive. If you notice something fishy, you should inform the hotel staff right away. Bed bug bites are painful and itchy and can lead to painful infections. Also, you surely don’t want to bring them back home in your luggage.
While small, brownish insects are nothing pleasant, there can be something even worse than that – rats! In case you find a rodent, it’s necessary to make a complaint to the hotel management as rat exterminations should be obligatory.
No matter how much you paid for the hotel room, you don’t deserve to sleep in a room full of infected rodents. In this case, you can claim your money back and ask for better accommodation for free.
When booking a place, it’s always good to make your decision based on people’s reviews. It can dispel many doubts and help you choose a reliable spot without any bed bugs or other unpleasant surprises.
Even though trying different kinds of food is pure pleasure, you have to keep in mind that local food can mess with your gut bacteria. Studies show that intestinal bacteria are different in every country. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if you find it difficult to digest some local foods.
Moreover, sometimes street vendors try to sell bad quality food, counting on tourists’ lack of awareness. If you have never tried some foods, it will be impossible to tell if the food is fresh and if it smells the right way.
Don’t eat in restaurants or street stands that look dirty; it’s one of the ways to avoid food poisoning abroad.
One thing you can do before the trip is to prepare your stomach for diverse bacterial flora. Ask for probiotics in a drug store or during a doctor visit, and take them a week before the journey.
Visiting another country, especially “exotic ones” can make you a straightforward target for street thieves. They can easily identify that you are not the local while you check Google maps, take photos, and speak a foreign language.
It’s essential not to keep anything valuable in your jeans pockets. Street thieves can slip it out within a second, and you won’t even realize it.
Another tip is not to hide all your money and documents in one place. It’s better to have cash and documents in different bags and pockets. That’s how you will not lose much in case your bag or wallet gets stolen.
Also, always keep your bag in front of you. Once it gets out of your sight, you may never see it again.
You might have some communication problems when travelling to exotic countries. As you can understand, you can’t expect everyone to speak fluent English.
A language barrier is a real problem, especially if you are lost, or your bag gets stolen. To feel more confident, try to learn some of the most basic and most essential phrases. That’s how you will be able to make a great first impression and find your way around.
Getting lost is a common issue, especially if you travel alone. If you explore the big city in the middle of the day, you can always ask locals for help. However, if you go into the wild, make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected. Double-check your phone battery, download offline maps and make sure to pack a flashlight.
Remember, wherever you get lost, the important thing is to stay calm. High levels of stress, fast heart rate, and tears won’t help you think logically. Take a few deep breaths and get yourself out of there. If you don’t know the language, you can show the card with the address of your hotel. For sure somebody will give you a hand.
You may face a lot of obstacles when traveling, but don’t you worry; there are so many ways to avoid problems and be safe. It’s important to plan things ahead, keep an eye on your belongings, and stay calm no matter what.
Remember that you can find good people willing to help you in every corner of the world, so keep your head up and explore the unknown.
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