What does it really mean to live in the moment when traveling? It means giving it all you got! We as people have a stronger tolerance than we really actually believe. We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Things can always go wrong but what you should be focused on is how to make the best out of what you got. Traveling is like a roller-coaster, it has it’s up and down, but at the end of it all it’s that overall experience that makes or breaks our trip.
At the end of the day when you look back at your photos you don’t remember the times you were sick and feeling weak, you remember how amazing it was to see The Mona Lisa or The Northern Light. Sometimes we plan a trip for so long and want it to go perfectly, that it’s such a disappointment to have things go wrong, but we gotta make the best of the time we have.
Here is: 7 Things That Can Go Wrong on a Trip and How to Make it Better!
Getting Sick- I have had my share fair of traveling when I was sick, it’s horrible and it sucks. As much as you wanna actually see and do, you can’t because you’ve got a bad cough or a fever and there is only so much your body can handle. With that being said, sometimes you gonna tough it up!
When I arrived in Barcelona, I got completely sick! But I wasn’t gonna let that ruin my trip, on the days I felt the most weak, I went on a city tour bus that had a 2.5 hour ride all over town. Although I couldn’t physically do all the walking and exploring as I had planned, I still managed to do and see a lot through that tour bus.
Ask your hotel front desk where is the nearest pharmacy. I’ve been in places where people didn’t speak English and I was feeling sick, but playing the body language game always helps. If you’re in a country where they don’t speak your language, simply try to show them through sign language where it hurts. Don’t let a cold or a fever ruin your trip, you have been waiting for this moment forever! You can always stop at a nearby cafe and get some warm tea to help through the day. Don’t over do it and completely out do yourself more than your body can handle. There are activities that you can enjoy without having to walk.
Scared/Vulnerable – don’t be scared! When traveling to a foreign country, especially alone, there are times when we get a complete culture shock and feel so missed place, I know I have more than once. For this solution I always go with the make a friend method. You’re not alone! If you really think about it, everyone that’s staying at the hotel your at are mostly foreigners, make a friend! At the lobby, the nearby cafe or bar! Making a friend always takes off so much of the pressure of that vulnerability and culture shock. Try it! It works like a charm! 😉
Sightseeing When you’re Tired- I know, it sucks to be tired! But it also sucks to go to sleep and waste a whole day of sightseeing! Man up! Grab a cup of coffee, put on some inspiring music on your iPod to get your energy going and go see the city! You don’t have to go out till late, but make the best of the day you got!
Bad Weather– It just happens to all of us, but that’s not to say that there aren’t things to do. Find out what indoor activities you can do so that the weather can’t affect your travels.
Jet lag- sucks! There is nothing worse than that tired, hungry and confusing feeling. When jet lag takes a big toll on my body, I normally check into the room and take a nap for 1-3hrs just to get some energy back into my body. Go grab some food and check out a small part of the town to know that you didn’t waste your whole day on nothing, because let’s face it, sometimes we only really have 2-4 days in one city.
Fights- I think everyone has those times when they aren’t getting along with the person they traveled with or something upset you like a hotel staff. Let it go! Take some time for yourself to regroup. Take a few deep breaths and chill out, remember that you came here to have fun! You can’t waste even an hour being upset when you’re visiting such beautiful places! Every moment and minute count! Try to find a compromise or just travel solo like me 😉
Sometimes you just flat out “don’t feel like it!”- I can’t stress it enough how important it is to stay in an optimistic mood when traveling. So even if you just don’t feel like it, do it anyways! You never know what your missing! I have found some of my favorite places on earth by forcing myself to go out there and explore when I wasn’t in the best of moods. Fill your day with adventure, you will regret it later when looking back on your trip.
So there you have it! Remember, positivity is key, for a successful happy trip!
If there is anything I left out, please feel free to ask…