How to deal with common (but inconvenient) issues when traveling overseas or domestically

Traveling overseas can be a great experience. It’s one of the best ways to learn new things and get out of your routine. Some places are truly spots that you’ll want to see at least once in your life. In general, traveling is always a good idea. That being said, “negative” things can happen when you travel abroad. Here are some main issues people encounter and how to deal with them.

Medical Scares or Injuries

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This is, without a doubt, the main concern people have when they travel abroad. At times, you don’t want to think about the worst-case scenario when you’re going somewhere to have fun. Spotting the nearest hospital takes about 2 minutes, and doing so can save your life. That’s especially the case if you’re going to be taking part in risky sports or activities. One thing that you can do is always have a local guide on hand. Explore evacuation plans within these activities to know what to expect. Of course, travel insurance is a must! Don’t just buy it for the price. It’s important to understand what you’re covered for and where you can get medical attention if things go south.

Breaking Local Laws

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The laws in your country don’t apply equally across the world. Many travelers have gotten into serious trouble for taking certain substances abroad. Anything that’s related to CBD and THC should probably remain away from your luggage. That’s the case even if you’re headed to a destination where it’s legal to consume certain substances. In some countries, there are cultural laws that must also be observed. You can’t dress as you please. This is particularly the case for women, especially near temples or places of worship. That’s something that you want to keep an eye on. Whether you agree with the local customs or not, you must observe them or risk getting punished.

Theft and Fraud

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Losing a passport or a wallet while on a trip can be one of the worst things that can happen to you. Nowadays, the same can be said about losing a phone; we keep everything on those devices. The best way to avoid theft is to keep your belongings close to you, particularly in large crowds.

Fraud is another very common element. Unfortunately, many times, apart from getting scammed, it’s mentally taxing on you as a traveler when this happens. One of the best ways to avoid fraud is not to exchange currencies with someone on the street, even if they offer great rates! There’s usually a reason why they offer such great rates. When buying from street vendors, be aware of your belongings and know you’re probably not buying the real deal.

Language Barriers

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This is something that you’re going to have to contend with if you go abroad and you don’t know the local language. These days, there are language speech apps that will help you ease the issue a bit. Suppose this is something that you’re concerned about; apps could be one of the things that can help. Another thing you can do is to research, for example, a restaurant online before you arrive. Check if you can translate the menu through the Google feature. Once you’re there, you’ll at least know what you’re getting. All you have to do is point to the item that you want on the menu.

Transportation Issues

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When you mix a language barrier with a cab ride, things can get scary and expensive! You don’t know the city or even if the cab driver understood you. One of the best ways to fix this problem is ride-share apps. At least you can look at the map and set your route to ensure everyone is on the same page about where you’re going. Using public transport is another solution. The routes are set there, so all you have to do is investigate where you want to go and how to get there through the available public transport options. You can also rely on the aforementioned speech apps to speak to cab drivers!

Not Packing Accordingly or Keeping Certain Habits

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We mentioned that you can’t wear your regular clothes in certain places. You also need to pack things to deal with the local weather. You don’t want to overlook that, even if you’re going on a local weekend trip. Some of the common habits are things like drinking water from the faucet. Many people feel that this is a hoax. In reality, you will want to limit the amount of water that you drink from the faucet when you’re abroad. That’s one of the best ways to limit your chances of getting sick. As mentioned in the first point, getting sick abroad can be a real problem!

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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