Hope for the best and plan for the worst. That’s how the saying goes. And that’s what you should do whenever you’re traveling, particularly abroad. Have everything laid out in your mind so that everything will go perfectly from front to back. But, make sure that you have emergency plans for just about any potential occurrence.
Be sure that you know what to do in the event of traffic accidents, medical emergencies, cultural faux pas, and delayed modes of transportation. The better your attitude or reaction time is to a lot of these events, the more chance you’ll have of salvaging a good time on a vacation or trip.
Getting in a traffic accident is awful even when you’re in your home area. Running into trouble with vehicle damage while out traveling in unfamiliar areas can be even more stressful. That’s why you need to know what kind of lawyer you need to contact, what the laws are in the particular country, state, or county that you’re in, and how to make sure that you get the details of everyone else involved in the accident. If you don’t know any of those steps, or you miss out on getting these pieces of information, the consequences can be potentially life-changing.
Always be prepared for medical emergencies. Especially if you have food allergies or sensitivities to certain types of pollen or dust, having any kind of allergic reaction or going into any type of shock when you’re away from your familiar hospitals and treatment centers can be deadly. Always have the information available about where you should go to a hospital, and always make sure if there is the possibility of a deathly allergic reaction of some kind, you have treatment on hand immediately.
Cultural Faux Pas
In different cultures, different actions and words mean different things. If you don’t research a culture before you go to a new area, you can run into trouble real fast. Even utilizing the wrong hand gesture in the wrong country can get you into trouble quickly. Even if you didn’t intend any offense, if other people took it wrong, you can start a fight without even understanding why.
Delayed Modes of Transportation
Wherever you go, there’s a chance there will be delayed modes of transportation. Flights can get moved around. Buses can be late. Train schedules can change. Never expect that your well-planned journey from point A to point B is actually going to go as planned. You can hope for it. But if there is some delay somewhere along the line, make sure that you have some way to still get to where you’re going, or that your patient enough to just ride out the delay in comfort.