The worst-case scenarios that all travellers dread (and how you can avoid them)

Have you ever had a travel disaster? We’ve all experienced near-misses, like being stuck in traffic on the way to the airport or sleeping through our alarms when we have a train to catch. But have you ever found yourself stuck on the other side of the world wondering what you’re supposed to do next? 

If you’re planning on going travelling anytime soon, it makes sense to research the worst-case scenarios that all travellers dread, that way you can do your best to avoid them! Read on to find out more. 

You run out of money

For some, the idea of running out of money when you’re travelling sounds ridiculous and it’s the product of a lack of planning and foresight. However, that’s not always the case. When bags get stolen, people get mugged, or they end up spending more than they meant to, it can leave even the most experienced of travellers stranded a long way from home. 

If you find yourself stranded and without money overseas, reach out to a loved one who may be able to help send money via an international transfer – check out for the latest exchange rates. You should also have the name, number and address of your embassy written down so you can reach out to them for assistance.

You get hurt

Maybe you slipped in the hotel lobby and you broke your leg, or you fell down a flight of stairs in a restaurant due to a faulty handrail and poor lighting. Getting hurt abroad is no fun, and it can make anyone feel incredibly vulnerable. The best advice here is to be as careful as possible and never go on a trip without travel medical insurance. This guarantees you the very best in medical care whilst you’re overseas. 

You’re mugged or your pickpocketed 

You’ll find tempted thieves and career criminals throughout the world, the difference is when you’re travelling, if you find your wallet has been taken it’s not exactly an easy fix. Prevention is always better than cure in these scenarios, so when you’re in busy, public places always keep your money/wallet/purse close to your body and make yourself aware of it. Consider hiding emergency cash on other parts of your body or outfit. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is standing close to you. 

Research the most common distraction tactics in the region you’re visiting and if you are mugged or robbed, give them your wallet and get in touch with the police, cancel your cards and speak with your embassy. Some backpackers bring a fake wallet with them so they can hand it over and lose a few dollars rather than their bank cards and travel money.

And finally, your hostel isn’t what you thought it would be

The pictures looked great online and the price was perfect. However, when you got there it was like something from a horror movie. No security. Dirty beds, infestations of rats and insects, shady looking backpackers…

If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Always conduct plenty of research before you part with your money. Look for reviews on various platforms, not just their website!