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5 Common Travel Snags to Avoid on Your Next Trip

October 18, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

pickpocketWhile we usually think of good times and memorable experiences when we contemplate holidays, the sad fact is travel mishaps can, and regularly do, happen.

You may plan every element of your trip down to the tiniest detail, but at the end of the day, it is still possible for things to go awry. To minimise issues, it’s important to be aware of the most common problems that can ruin a holiday.

For instance, when you search for hotel accommodation, make sure language barriers don’t have you booking something completely different to what you had in mind. Similarly, when travelling overseas, ensure you know the best ways to protect yourself from pickpockets or the most important things to remember to stay free of illness or injury. To ensure your next vacation is as stress-free and fun as possible, read on for the top five travel snags to avoid while on holidays.

Lost or Stolen Cash/Cards

One of the worst issues you can face when travelling is that of lost or stolen credit cards — and cash. Although people accidentally lose these precious commodities, more often than not problems arise when tourists have their wallets stolen by pickpockets. Crowded areas in peak season are the most common places for travellers to be robbed. Pickpockets will regularly use distraction techniques (such as children) to get away with your goods. To mitigate the risk of this issue, ensure you stay on your guard; keep your handbag securely closed or your wallet stowed away in a place that’s inaccessible. Remove all unnecessary cards from your wallet. Also, take a copy of your credit card company’s phone number with you so you know who to call in the australian-passport-with-the-world-mapcase of a card being stolen.

Illness or Injury

Becoming sick or injured while away on vacation is one of the worst outcomes for a traveller. Before you leave on holiday, ensure you take out comprehensive health insurance. Don’t forget to investigate various options so you can choose the best cover for your circumstances. Carry your insurance policy number with you, along with your doctor’s details, any allergies you have or medications you’re taking and contact details of a family member or close friend. To avoid getting sick while you’re away, ensure that you have any necessary immunizations before leaving home; be careful about the liquids you drink while visiting countries known for their unclean drinking water. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face or eating and avoid any risky foods.

Lost Passports

One of the top nightmare scenarios for international travellers is losing a passport. To mitigate issues that arise from this, always take scans or photocopies of your documentation before you leave home and stash multiple copies in your luggage or handbag and as a computer file. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy with a trusted family member or friend back home. The procedures for getting a replacement passport vary according to the country you’re visiting and where you’re from, so it’s always a good idea to keep as much information with you as possible. Also add copies of your driver’s licence, birth certificate and airline ticket to your luggage or cloud-computer accounts as backup.

Bad Weather

Although you can have no control over the weather, you can plan so it doesn’t disrupt your travel too much. Before you book a trip, find out about the weather at the destination you’re thinking of travelling to and plan accordingly. Similarly, if you want to spend a lot of time outdoors and at the beach, then don’t plan a holiday to a tropical destination in the rainy season. Also, always travel with an umbrella, rain jacket and appropriate clothing for the time of year.

Language Issues

To avoid issues that may arise from language barriers when travelling overseas, you can purchase a compact language guide before you leave home or download an easily accessible app. Better yet, learn a few of the key words of any language you may need to know so if you get stuck and need assistance in a hurry, you can communicate at least a little with the locals.

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