The Problematic Traveler

You know how people say, “you should travel; traveling is one of the best things in life; don’t miss out on it.” The best getaway isn’t always that perfect, one small problem might eventually lead another and then, you’ll have the worst travel experience ever.

With that, here’s a list of the most common problems every traveler had or will eventually experience before, during or after their adventure.

“I’m a little low on cash”

tumblr_inline_nb3x4gsfsa1s4672p1We all know that money plays a huge role for every travel experience. You might find yourself frustrated upon realizing that the travel experience you planned wasn’t that inexpensive afterall. You might think that going for economy class seats is probably the one of the cheapest ways to go, only it’s not always the case.

In order to avert this possible problem, try booking online through your  trusted online travel agencies. They are scattered on the Internet; for starters you could check out the most common names – like CheapOair, FlightHub, Travelocity or Expedia – and then shop around for the most affordable price that would fit your budget. Discounted flight deals can reach up to 50% off the original ticket price.

However, always be alert of any sudden changes on the airfare rates.

Here’s another piece of advice, after you received a confirmation for your booked flight, get a second confirmation from the airline company that you’re booked with to seal the deal.

“I don’t know where to go and what to do”

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When you arrived at your destination, you might find yourself a little confused at figuring out what to do or where to go. Make sure to manage your itinerary before heading out for a stroll. In fact, you can complete this travel list weeks or months before your flight. Do your research about the destination you’re headed. Find restaurants, places to stay, tourist attractions, and places that perk up your interest.

“I lost my baggage”

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You might be worried that your personal belongings and luggage might be damaged or lost during your flight. Don’t worry, because we have tips for you. For check-in baggage, make sure to pack your things as tightly as possible to fill-up the entire space of the bag. Also, keep important items in your carry-on bag like your cellphone, identification cards, and medication in case you might need them in the middle of the flight.

“The sky is a little gloomy”

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How about a small scenario? You’re all set for Cancun, Mexico. You’ve always dreamed of relaxing in a resort by the beach. When you get to your hotel, you noticed the clouds forming and blocking the sun.

Then it starts to rain. Based on local reports, the rain would last a week. You ended up being stuck in the room just wallowing on the bed and watching cable.

The solution for this, be fully informed about the weather conditions of your chosen destination. As much as possible, take into account the three day weather forecast on the place you’ll visit.

“It’s a little cold or It’s way too hot”

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You’re too eager about your upcoming flight, hence you forgot to at least read about the climate on your destination. This is bad especially if you’re not used to sudden changes on the temperature or the humidity of your vicinity. You end up being sick in the whole duration of your vacation.

Best tip for this, learn as much as you can about the place’s climate and bring anything that may help you adapt to the changes on the atmosphere like sunblock or moisturizers.

“I’m a little under the weather”

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Jet Lag is practically normal, but being ill during the entire trip is going to be a big problem. Make sure that you are fit and healthy when you are set to travel. Going for walks or doing some exercise a few weeks before the flight might just do the trick to give your body the boost that it needs against flight sickness.

“I can’t understand what they’re saying”

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Language barrier is a going to be a big challenge. Since you’re a visitor on a foreign land, you’ll eventually have a hard time navigating your way around the city. You might speak fluent English, but the people around you don’t; therefore, learning the basic greetings of a new language will be helpful in your vacation in a foreign land.

If you have a hard time learning the basic of a language, getting a trusted local interpreter might just do the trick.

“I don’t know how to react”

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The things you are familiar with might be useless when you’re abroad. Customs and beliefs are so different; try to avoid being too reckless and insensitive in your actions. Learn about other people’s culture, customs, and beliefs. Trust me, you don’t want to offend someone because of something you did, which you didn’t know was wrong and end up making a fool of yourself.

“They charged me with extra fees”

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Upon checking out from your hotel, resort or motel, the front desk man might inform you about the additional fees. The hardest part about this is  there’s no one to turn to, you don’t have any source of extra money, and you can’t runaway.

To avoid this embarrassing situation, make sure to keep some extra money saved in your debit card; or if you’re careful enough, bring one credit card in case of monetary emergencies.

“The man or woman sitting next, in front or behind me is annoying”

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This usually happens at the airport. The man sitting next to you might take up the entire shoulder rest, the kid at the back keeps on kicking at the bottom of your seat or the woman in front of you reclined her seat like she was allowed to turn her seat to a full-sized bed.

The solution to this one is actually a shift on your state of mind. Always keep your cool and ask politely. You’re going to have a problem if you’re a hothead and an irritable person.

To sum it all up. These are just common problems all travelers experience. Although this might happen to the best of us, always remember that there is always an opportunity to make the best out of the worst situations.

If life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.

Hope you guys had a great time reading this article. Feel free to leave your comments below.

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  1. It’s a nightmare to sit beside someone who snores especially if its a long haul flight. I also hate it when seats don’t reclines. I’ve always wanted to fly first class, but the fare is expensive.

     

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