Travelling is rarely stress-free, and, if you’re unlucky enough to experience one of the many common travel problems, your journey will only become even more frustrating. Take a look at OROGOLD’s top tips on how to avoid some of the most common travel problems, so that you can easily ensure that your journey runs as smoothly as possible.
A Stolen Wallet
Pickpockets and thieves are extremely common in many cities around the world, and, sometimes, no matter how hard you try to keep your belongings protected, they still end up being stolen. If you do have your wallet stolen while travelling, you need to immediately inform the police, and obtain a copy of the police report. However, it is always useful to have a backup plan, so that you don’t end up with absolutely nothing. The best way to protect yourself against the inconvenience that a stolen wallet will always cause is by keeping a spare wallet in your room, along with some local currency cash, so that you are never stranded without money. OROGOLD also suggests that you carry your cash and cards separately when you go out, so that if one is stolen, you still have the other.
A Lost Passport
Losing their passport is every traveller’s worst nightmare, as you will have to show up in person at a local embassy to obtain emergency travel documents. OROGOLD recommends creating an ’emergency passport kit’, complete with extra passport sized photographs, proof of your citizenship, confirmation of your flight bookings and another form of photo ID, so that you will be able to obtain your emergency passport much quicker and with less hassle. Although this may seem like a lot of trouble to go through, you’ll be thanking yourself if you ever find that you’ve accidentally lost your passport.
Although you will usually receive compensation from your airline if they lose your luggage, with the compensation increasing in correlation to the amount of time they spend searching for the luggage, this does not ease the stress of having to do without your essentials. Make sure that you always label your luggage clearly, and try to use a suitcase that stands out from the others. For common colors, such as black or navy blue, tie a brightly colored ribbon around the handle, so that nobody else takes your bag by mistake. Make sure that you keep all essentials, as well as a change of clothes, in your carry-on bag. OROGOLD also recommends checking the luggage tag after the airline has attached it to your suitcase, making sure that it states the correct destination, and always checking that you have your baggage claim ticket with you, as those are easily lost, making it even harder to retrieve your luggage.
Problems that occur while travelling are extremely common and always frustrating. From making sure that you have a spare wallet to ensuring that your bag stands out from the crowd, our tips should help you avoid many of the inconveniences that come with the most common travel problems.