When you go on vacation, you’re not thinking about the negative parts of travelling or expecting things to go wrong.  Unfortunately, if you travel enough, you will end up with something going wrong and it’s best to be prepared for how to handle it. Here are the top 5 most common travel issues and how to deal with them.

1. Lost/Stolen Passport

Losing your passport is every traveller’s nightmare. As diligent as you may be at protecting your wallet and passport, it’s always best to know what you need to do in the event of it going missing.

You are required to report it to the local police right away. From there you need to go to the nearest government office of your country (embassy or consulate). It’s a good idea to write down the addresses beforehand for where they are in the country you’re headed to. Always carry a coloured copy of your passport that you have both on your person, and online. Some countries also need a copy of your birth certificate. And you will need a passport photo. Depending on your travel plans, they may issue you a temporary one which will only allow you to return directly back to your country, or you will need to remain on site until a full one can be arranged.

2. Sickness

Aeroplanes, buses, trains are prime spots for picking up germs.  You’ll be trying new foods in places where hygiene may be questionable and water is not clean. If the most diligent in their hand washing and avoiding sketchy food vendors will likely sooner or later get hit with some sort of illness.

The most important thing to do prior to your trip is getting medical insurance.  As pricey as it may be, it is not worth the risk of having to go to a hospital when you’re abroad and not having insurance. This could lead to bills in the thousands or even millions. 

Coughs and colds are common, and most places you will travel you can survive on over the counter medication. As a general rule, a fever for more than 5 days likely means that you require antibiotics and need to see a doctor.  Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) is good for symptomatic relief of minor pains and inflammation and you should carry some with you.

Diarrhea and vomiting are common while travelling due to food poisoning, unusual spices, and poor sanitation.  The most important thing when this occurs is to keep your fluids up. Drink watered down juice to keep your sugars and electrolytes up or carry oral rehydration tablets to put in your drinks.  Antinauseants are helpful to carry with you on your travels.

3. Missing your transportation

Although it may seem like the end of the world, it’s not. Make sure you know your rights for whatever transport you missed.  Some airlines (if it is their fault you missed it) will pay to put you up in a hotel until you can get on the next flight.  If you have travel cancellation/interruption insurance they will reimburse you.  If you use budget transportation and have no insurance, you likely are out of luck, but minimize your risk by checking departure times early, planning for being delayed and having a little extra in your budget for rescheduling. 

When working with a Cleverbreak guide, they can help you sort out your new travel plans and accommodate accordingly, all online. You can avoid having these issues by talking to one of their guides before you go to get an idea about local transportation and how to see the places you want to go. They can tell you what transportation companies to avoid, where you’re likely to have problems and help you save money by not having to buy another ticket!

4. Getting Lost

Getting lost can be scary, but don’t panic! You will eventually find someone you can ask for directions.

The best way to minimize this risk is to have maps at the ready. The easiest way is to have a data connection and can locate yourself on Google Maps, but if you don’t have data there is still a way for you to use it! Before you go, go to “offline maps” on Google Maps and download the area that you will be.  This downloads the maps onto your device and you can still use your locator at no charge! It will take longer than with date (up to 1 minute to find you), but it will work. Try it before you go by putting your phone in airplane mode.  It won’t give you directions, but you can find them yourself on the map.

Minimize your risk of getting lost while on vacation by hiring a local guide! As they know the whole area you have no risk of getting lost, as your guide will be able to direct you around the city with no problems at all.

5. Poor Accommodation

After a hard day on the road, it can be so disheartening to show up to your accommodation and have it be completely different than what it was advertised as. If you booked through a tour operator, you should contact them and they can remedy the problem.  Airbnb offers assistance in finding new accommodation and provides you with a refund.  Before booking a place it’s good to get in touch with a local person to advise you what to avoid and where is the best location to have the best holidays. 

Overall, there is no way to avoid all travel problems when you’re on vacation. Cleverbreak aims to minimize your risk by providing you with verified guides to help you make the most of your time away. Keeping you safe, saving you money and helping you have an amazing travel experience is their main priority.