Eight of the most common travel disasters of 2017

It is always easy to focus on the memorable and positive aspects of travel when planning and reminiscing. Individuals fervent about travel enjoy reliving the tales about the destinations they’ve been to and their positive experiences, while living out the times when things went wrong on the trip.

Anything could go wrong during your trip, including: , losing your passport, oil spills, political unrest, earthquakes, missed or canceled flights, volcanic eruptions, belongings getting stolen or lost luggage, food poisoning, getting mugged, or getting injured. It is therefore important to be always prepared, in as much as the chances of any of these happening to you is small. The following are eight of the most common travel disasters of 2018, and tips on how you can avoid or react to them.

  1. Lost luggage

You should always assume that your luggage will be lost during travel and therefore if you can, avoid baggage. If you cannot, always carry important documents and items in your carry on or on your person. Pack a change of clothes in your carry on just in case you lose your baggage. Also keep an inventory of what you have packed just in case it is lost and you need compensation.

  1. Missing flight

This is perhaps the most easy to avoid travel disaster of all. In order to avoid missing your flight, set your alarm and have a backup one just in case the first doesn’t go off. Make sure that your layover is not too short as anything can happen to make you miss your flight. Leave to catch your flight early enough putting into consideration traffic jam and any kind of delays that may happen. If you miss a flight following your own fault, be ready to pay a fee to get the next flight, if it is the airlines fault, they will take care of you.

  1. Getting Mugged/Robbed

Anyone can get mugged or rubbed anywhere and at any time. You can take certain steps to put off potential robbers including using money belts, making and using copies of travel documents and credit cards while storing the originals in a safe in your hotel room, carrying small amounts of cash and valuables; avoid being flashy, avoid standing out as a visitor, securely carry you bags/purses, research on common dangerous areas and avoid them.

In the unfortunate case that you get mugged or robbed, make sure you notify the police and your insurance company immediately. Additionally, inform your embassy, particularly if your passport is stolen.

  1. Illness/Injury

While traveling, any kind of illness or injury can befall you, from a broken limb to a mild cold. This can be at times difficult to avoid but certain steps can be taken to minimize the odds of getting hurt or sick while traveling. These include taking vitamins before beginning your journey, drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest; maintain hygiene by washing hands as often as you can particularly after handling public utilities; ensure you purchase travel insurance prior to your travels; additionally be wise in the activities you engage in.

  1. Lost or stolen passport

Having your passport stolen or losing it in a foreign country can be one of the worst things that can occur to you while traveling. It can make getting accommodation, changing money or accessing certain services very daunting, while getting back home will not be possible. In order to keep your passport safe, it is suggested that you avoid moving around with it so that in case of a mugging, you do not lose it. You can consider having a copy for movement while the original is stored away in a safe to avoid loss.

  1. Political unrest

This disaster can hardly be avoided once you are in the destination. The best option would be to do your research before beginning your travel and if there is a chance that things may get out of hand while there, avoid making the trip altogether. If you get caught up in political unrest, avoid the streets and contact your embassy for help.

  1. Natural disasters

Natural disasters cannot be avoided unfortunately because no one knows where and when they will hit. One can only try to avoid destinations known for having natural disasters hitting them at around a particular time. Getting insurance can help cover financial losses incurred after disaster strikes.

  1. Getting Lost

With proper planning, this disaster can be avoided. You have to make sure to carry and use maps, talk to locals and ask for a tour guide and directions. Make sure your communication devices are on you and fully charged before going out. In the case that you get lost, talk to those around you to ask for direction or call for help.

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