The Essential Guide to Avoiding Problems Whilst Travelling // FrameAmbition
As I say all the time, travelling can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that teaches some valuable life lessons whilst providing unforgettable and unique activities. Unfortunately for some (including me at times!), it can also involve issues and problems that can actually be easily avoided.
Check out this throwback to my top 5 fails of 2016 and read on for how you can avoid them and more!
Here we go, the essential guide to avoiding problems whilst travelling.
1. Remain vigilant and careful
There’s a chance of danger wherever you are in the world. Whether it be the depths of Southeast Asia or somewhere as commonly visited as Spain, you’re unfortunately at risk of things such as theft or violence in nearly every travel hotspot. With that being said, there are precautions you can take to prevent any eventualities.
Be sure you don’t flaunt your valuables in places where you’re at risk of being stolen from – which is, as previously mentioned, almost anywhere. And make sure you don’t leave anything unattended, as claiming for lost luggage and belongings is a tricky process, as echoed by TINZ.
2. Plan ahead
Consider prepping yourself with an itinerary to eliminate some of the stress of being spontaneous. Sure, spontaneity can be fun and exciting – but with travelling you need to be at least a little organised and prepared so that your schedule doesn’t run over or under. There’s nothing worse than missing a forgotten flight!
If you plan a few major things in advance, you’re eliminating stress in a big way. Following some sort of schedule will make the trip flow surprisingly better and easier - for example having your first and last couple of days' accommodation sorted and seeing how things go in between then.
3. Be clever with your money
Consider how you want to exchange your money if you’re heading somewhere with a different currency. It’s usually best to do it before you travel, as the exchange rates at home are guaranteed to be much better than once you’re abroad – and, with dodgy dealings at certain money exchanges being rife in certain popular destinations, you’re likely safer doing it at home too.
A prepaid travel card is a great idea if you need to budget, too. These cards allow you to load a certain amount onto it and then lock it in at a certain exchange rate, unaffected by any future fluctuations. If you’re known for overspending, this could be the right choice for you.
4. Pick a sensible destination for you
Perhaps you could avoid problems in the very first stage of travelling – by picking a destination that suits you. If you don’t deal well with hot weather, for example, don’t choose to travel through some notoriously warm countries – Southeast Asia is blazing all year round, for example.
And if you’re travelling with someone who has some special considerations to bear in mind such as pregnancy or a disability, be sure you’re heading somewhere with the right facilities for them. For example, a rustic villa with plenty of stairs and treacherous terrain could pose difficult for someone who can’t exactly navigate very well.
5. Find a healthy balance
If you’re travelling with others – or even solo – it’s important you find a balance of thrills and chills. Whereas some people may seek a non-stop adventure, packed to the brim with things to do, others may simply want a time to relax and escape from the outside world.
Try and make an effort to find balance and compromise during your trip. That might mean taking a couple of nights off instead of partying, or having a lazy beach day instead of chasing down sights and adventures. For me it's sometimes booking a private room in a hostel or an entire AirBnB just so I have some time alone.
And there you go! Travelling should be an experience you’ll never forget, so make sure it’s for the right reasons. Comment below if you have any more tips or have faced any issues like these and how you dealt with them!
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