Whilst travel is, in most cases, a wonderful, enriching experience, it isn’t without its potential problems. Whilst browsing the travel blogs and Instagram pages, you only see the glamour and glory of seeing the world, but in reality, it’s not always a fairytale. Naturally, when you’re in a strange country that you’re not used to, with different customs, climate and currency, it’s easy for you to feel out of your depth, especially if you don’t speak the native language.
The current global pandemic has only worsened matters when it comes to issues travellers may face. Many people’s travel plans have been stunted, or those who have been able to go through with their adventures haven’t had the full experience they were hoping for with the countless restrictions in place. If you are one of the many people who have had their trips cut short or cancelled due to COVID-19, then check out this article from Creditfix for information on what to do next.
Now, if you are one of the lucky ones to make it to your holiday destination, read below for a list of things to be extra cautious of when on your travels…
Accident and injury
You’ve just touched down and you want to get stuck in as soon as possible. Adrenaline pumping cliff-jumping? Parties with fire dancing? Off the beaten track mountain treks? These are all good fun in theory but they don’t come without their risks. What if you break your leg on the rocks whilst cliff-jumping, singe yourself too close to the fire displays or twist your ankle when high up the mountain? You need to consider and prepare for these unfortunate situations, as unpleasant as it may be – otherwise, you might have to cut your trip short.
It’s just a fact of life, not everything always goes to plan, so try to keep reliable people around you – safety in numbers. Keep emergency phone numbers with you and always plan what you will need for each excursion, considering worst-case scenarios. A mini first aid kit and plentiful amounts of water are always a must.
Being tricked out of your money
Tourists stick out like a sore thumb. The locals can spot them a mile off, with dollar signs lighting up in their eyes when they do. Not everybody will take advantage of tourists, of course, but it is commonly known that tourists often carry cash and are unaware of how much things should cost when abroad. This, therefore, makes them easy targets.
If you go to a market and something catches your eye, haggle and talk to other stalls about prices for similar items before committing to the first seller you speak to. Use taxi apps, cars with taximeters or agree to the travel price with the driver before getting into their vehicle. Also, always remain vigilant with your belongings. Tourist areas are often riddled with thieves, especially in capital cities, and beach or ‘party’ areas.
The food and drink
We need food and drink each day to keep us going, therefore it is of the utmost importance that when we are away we are not consuming anything that is going to have nasty side effects on us, as it could ruin our trip. In general, it’s best to avoid the tap water in foreign countries as our bodies aren’t used to it, but Google this for each place you go. This also applies to ice, and salads that might be washed with tap water. It can (literally – sorry!) leave you in a sticky situation if it is new to your body or unsanitary.
Go to restaurants that are recommended online and use your initiative – if a place looks dirty then there is a good chance your food won’t be made with hygiene in mind either.
If you keep your wits about you and exercise common sense, most of the time you will be just fine! There is always a risk when you go somewhere different but you can’t live in constant fear – they say fortune favours the bold, after all.