A lot of times when you think about traveling, you think about all the fun things that you’re going to do. You think about all the enjoyable experiences you’re planning on having. But, it’s also worth it to think about the things that you want to avoid at all costs. In fact, between those two sets of ideas, it’s probably a higher priority to avoid bad stuff than it is to try to focus on good things.
So what are a few of these things that can derail an enjoyable traveling experience? You can get in a car accident in a foreign place. You can end up with food poisoning because you aren’t careful about what you eat. You can get in trouble with the natives by committing some sort of cultural or social faux pas. And, you can have the worst thing to happen to you ever if you run out of money while you are out traveling and have no way of getting any more.
Getting in a car accident is bad enough when you are on your home turf. But if that same kind of thing happens to you when you’re in a different area, particularly if you’re in a different country, things can quickly end up in a perilous place. Ideally, you’ll have someone else drive you around in foreign countries, but if you do end up driving, figure out how to operate your vehicle as defensively as possible, and really focus on what you’re doing.
When you’re traveling, it’s always fun to try new foods. However, don’t go too nuts with the really exotic stuff or you could end up with a bad case of digestive issues or even food poisoning. If your gut biome is not prepared to handle the bacteria that the natives handle just fine, you can end up spending several days in your hotel with a bad case of nausea, not to mention a possible trip to the doctor’s office.
Trouble With the Natives
When you travel to different places, there are different social customs that you may have to observe to stay out of trouble. If you go somewhere blind and just assume that you can act however you want, that’s a quick way to get into trouble with the natives, especially if you’re out clubbing or drinking where unspoken rules are fundamental.
Running Out of Money
And unfortunately, one of the worst things that can happen to you while you’re out enjoying yourself on your journey is if you run out of money. And what happens if there’s no ATM machine? What happens if there’s no way for you to access your bank? You need to think about these kinds of things in advance, and potentially travel with some traveler’s checks or some other emergency way of getting funding.