Travel is a wonderful thing! It broadens the mind, offers unique experiences and ensures that one is constantly in awe of the world around them. While most of the time your travel experiences will be perfectly fine, it is sadly the case that things can and do wrong when you’re away from home.
If the worst happens and you’re stuck in a sticky situation overseas, it helps if you’re prepared; you’re less likely to panic and more likely to take control of the situation. With that in mind, here are some tips for dealing with emergencies overseas:
It’s not all that uncommon to get sick or have an accident when you’re travelling, and although most of the time, your illnesses will be minor in nature, it’s not out of the question that you may need to attend a local hospital or doctor’s surgery.
The good news is, all you need to do to protect yourself is get yourself a travel insurance policy before you head off. Oh, and be sure to read up on whether the local water is safe to drink before you consume it too!
Tourists and travellers are often a target for pick-pockets and muggers, who can tell they’re out of place and more vulnerable, so see them as an easy target. It can be pretty distressing, but there are some things you can do to avoid being a target.
First of all, read up on the place you’re visiting, which areas are safe and which to avoid. Then, be sure to keep your cash somewhere it will be hard to get at, such as in a money belt close to your body, rather than in your pocket or a bag that can be easily accessed. It might also be useful to keep some cash, travellers cheques, or a debit card in the hotel safe, just as a backup, and to know how to get a loan with bad credit quickly if you’re targeted and you’re really stuck for cash. The more scenarios you’re prepared for, the easier it will be to avoid/get through what can be a tough ordeal for the best of us.
Having Your Flight Cancelled
There’s nothing worse than having your flight unexpectedly cancelled and being stranded in an airport for hours on end(we have all been there). Unfortunately, there are very few things that can be done to avoid this. However, keeping up to date on any airline strikes in your home country and the country you’re visiting, as well as the weather reports in both places (looking for storms that could keep planes grounded), is sensible.
Usually, you will be put on the next available flight if yours is cancelled, but you can ask for a refund to book a flight with another airline. Any money you spend on food and accommodation, you should keep the receipts for as the airline will almost certainly be responsible for reimbursing you.
If you keep calm, do what you can to minimise your issues and most importantly of all, prepare yourself for the worst in case it happens, you will be able to handle anything that goes wrong with grace in the best possible way. No matter what, remember to not get too hung up on the things that go wrong and embrace your travelling experience fully.