4 Worst Case Scenarios While Traveling

Traveling is supposed to be a good experience. For many people, the times that they have spent journeying are some of the most epic times of their lives, and they can often share those memories with spouses or other family members. However, there are definitely instances where worst-case scenarios are possible. You should seek to prepare yourself for them, and also avoid them when possible.

Such instances are not necessarily uncommon. You can get in an accident of some sort while you are traveling. You might get food poisoning because you’re unfamiliar with how and where to eat. It might be that you commit a cultural faux pas, and end up in a tense situation or even get in legal trouble. And finally, there’s always that terrible occurrence of running out of money.

Getting into an Accident

There are a few different types of accidents that you can get in when you’re abroad. One might involve getting in a traffic accident. If you’re unfamiliar with how cars move from one place to another in a different state or in a different country, these types of situations can occur quickly. Also, if you end up in a personal injury situation, that can be terrible trying to navigate the legal consequences.

Getting Food Poisoning

Being in a new place, you’re going to want to try new and different food. The trouble with that is you might not be familiar with either what’s in the food or how it’s prepared. And that can lead to food poisoning. Many vacations have been ruined by people trying to be too adventurous with what they eat, and they end up in terrible shape trying to recover from stomach pains of various sorts for the next several days. Try to know as much about a place to eat before you go there, especially if it offers something particularly exotic.

Committing a Cultural Faux Pas

Cultures are different from one city to another, or from one country to another. Even if you make a hand gesture that is interpreted as being defensive, you can get yourself into trouble quickly. Learn about cultural differences between where you are from and where you’re going before you make any major mistakes after you get there. The more different a language or a culture is, the more likely it is that you can slip up and do something that you feel is natural, but other people think is a direct assault on them somehow.

Running Out of Money

How many times have you heard about people running out of money on vacations? This can be a truly tragic occurrence. And what happens if you can’t get to a bank, an ATM, or some other source of cash? You can run into some serious issues, and your vacation or journey can quickly turn into a nightmare. Always make sure that you have a backup plan when it comes to finances, and you should avoid the worst of this kind of situation.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.