4 Common Travel Issues…and How to Solve Them

It’s tempting to think of travelling as one never-ending party, one filled with beautiful views, interesting people, and relaxation. But this isn’t really true: there’s always the potential for something to go wrong when you’re exploring someone you’ve never been before! And because you’re far away from home, when problems do arise they can be much more uncomfortable than if they had happened to you when you were in the UK. Below, we take a look at five common travel issues, and how to prevent and solve them.

Petty Crime

Now, we can’t exactly say that crime doesn’t exist in the UK, but if you live here, then you’re probably pretty clued up about which areas to avoid. When you’re abroad, you don’t have this knowledge; and even if you do, some cities are a hotspot for petty crime – meaning, you run the risk of having your wallet stolen at all times of the day, no matter where you are. If you’re travelling to a city that’s well-known for its pickpocketing, then invest in a secure money-belt. They don’t look so cool, we’ll concede, but it’s worth losing some cool points if it means keeping your well-earned money safe.

The Sun is Shining…Too Much

Yes yes, we love talking about the weather in the UK. And we love it so much, we’re even going to talk about the weather abroad. While you might be clamouring to soak up some ways, keep in mind what you’re doing to yourself if you spend long hours in the sunshine without adequately protecting yourself. You’ll wake up looking a lobster, but more than that, you might do irreparable harm to your skin. Make sure you’re always wearing enough suntan lotion, and have a bottle of aftersun without to cool off if you do get burned.

Falling Ill/Injuries Abroad

Our safety and health aren’t always at the forefront of our minds when we’re abroad. We can easily forget that, in many places, the tap water isn’t safe to drink, for instance. It’s also true that some countries have lower health and safety standards than we have in the UK. You can protect yourself by checking for any careless safety measures and using your judgement before using any apparatus, but if you are injured abroad, and it’s someone else’s fault, you can look at recovering compensation from Ronald Fletcher & Co. You’ll also be well-served by ensuring you have the contact information for the emergency services, local hospital, and so on.

Fighting with the Airlines

The low-budget airlines are a blessing and a curse. On the one hand: cheap flights. One the other: shady business practices, like charging to print your ticket if you check-in at the airport. You’re unlikely to win if you do something against their terms and conditions, so make sure you fully understand what you need to do to avoid extra charges at the airport. You could say this is the cost of buying a plane ride that’s cheaper than a train and sometimes even a bus!


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