5 Common Problems You Might Face During an Overseas Travel

Exploring the world is always an exciting experience. You get the chance to witness different cultures, meet new people, and broaden your horizons. But there are several problems that you might face in a foreign land, like loss of passport, medical emergencies, being mugged, etc. In such situations, having an international travel insurance plan can benefit you immensely. Here are some common travel problems that you might face abroad and how to deal with them.

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5 Common Travel Problems You Are Likely to Face Abroad

There are endless problems that you might face when you are travelling abroad, right from injury or illness to getting lost in a place where you don't know how to speak their native language. Keeping them in mind, we have come up with some travel tips to avoid 5 most common but difficult scenarios that you might face in a foreign land:

1. Getting Lost

Getting lost in a foreign country can be dangerous, especially if you are not aware of their native language. Also, it can be stressful and you might panic.

Travel Advice for You 

It is advised to download an offline Google Translator tool while travelling abroad. With the help of this tool, you won’t have to rely entirely on the internet to communicate with the local people. Also, we suggest you to download offline Google Maps for the places you are planning to visit. Usually, these offline maps by Google are small in size, roughly between 20 to 50 MB. 

Additionally, carry a power bank to charge your phone in case your battery dies while travelling. Apart from this, you should practice situational awareness, which is a process of remembering important landmarks while travelling to a new place. Try to be like a sponge and soak all your surroundings. Moreover, you must buy international travel insurance plan as it will help you financially during the tough times in your journey.

2. Getting Sick or Injured 

No one wants to get injured or sick abroad, but you cannot rule out its possibility. Moreover, if you are unfamiliar with the place you are travelling to, it becomes difficult to find a medical care provider who can help you.

Travel Advice for You 

While travelling abroad, it is suggested to carry first-aid and essential medicines for common sicknesses like high body temperature, motion sickness, upset stomach, etc. Also, save the contact number of the local Embassy and the medical care providers before leaving your country.

Other than these, it is advised to buy an international travel insurance plan covering all your medical emergencies in a foreign land. Healthcare is expensive abroad, especially in Europe, and Schengen travel insurance can financially protect you from all kinds of potential risks related to your health so that you can enjoy your holidays without any worries. Moreover, many insurers also offer essential coverage in your existing international travel insurance plan, like medical evacuation and repatriation in case of an accident, illness, death, etc.

3. Being Robbed 

Getting robbed while exploring a foreign country is quite a possibility. It can not only part you from your essential commodities but can also leave you stranded. Plus, if you are planning to explore Europe, you have to be extra cautious as pickpocketing is a common problem there. 

Travel Advice for You 

Buy international travel insurance that covers the loss or damage of your belongings while travelling abroad. Make sure to buy a Schengen travel insurance policy before visiting Europe as it is mandatory. Whenever you head out to explore a place, carry limited cash and a passport copy instead of carrying the original one. Besides this, carry an emergency fund for any financial emergencies you might face while travelling abroad.

Also, if you get robbed, do not panic. File a police report for every item lost. It will be required to raise your insurance claim. Additionally, you are advised to block your stolen debit and credit cards by calling your bank or credit card company. In case your passport or visa has been stolen, your insurance company will assist you during the whole process and provide you with a duplicate copy of the same. 

4. Flight Delay or Cancellation 

When travelling abroad, you may often find that your flight has been delayed for a long time, or worse, cancelled. Such situations can be physically as well as financially draining. You may have to either wait for hours or book another flight. Your hotel bookings may also go waste if your flight is delayed for an elongated period of time.

Travel Advice for You

It is always a better idea to purchase an international insurance plan that covers all the losses for flight delays or cancellations. Also, your insurer will book a hotel room in case you need to wait for your flight overnight. Besides, we suggest you to book a flight directly through the airline company rather than booking through a travel agency.

Many travellers do not have the correct information on documents that they should carry before they get to the airport. So, before you go, check all the travel documents required for travelling, including the COVID-19 vaccination certificate and RT-PCR report.

Also, check your flight status before you head to the airport. Most of the rescheduling notifications come at the last minute. You should also download your airline app as it will give you all the updates. Moreover, you can also search directly on Google to check the status of your flight. 

5. Losing Your Mobile Phone 

Usually, people use their mobile phones in public places for clicking pictures, making videos, or surfing on Google during their trips. These scenarios might lead to you losing your phone.

Travel Advice for You 

The solution to this common problem is to use a sling bag while travelling and not wave your phone unnecessarily in public places. Make sure to back up all your passwords and contact numbers in your Google Drive. In case you lose it, try to call on your own number from a borrowed phone. There are chances that you might have simply left it somewhere and either you will hear it ringing or someone else will answer the call.

You can also use the 'Find My Phone' feature available on most cell phones. It will either play a sound from your lost device or locate it on the map. However, it will not work if your phone is switched off or is on airplane mode. Also, keep your phone’s GPS always ON while travelling as it can help you to locate your phone in a lot of ways.


Travelling is both fun as well as tiring. Do not expect your trip to be perfect every time but it is important to be composed all the time. Make sure to incorporate the above-mentioned tips before planning your next holiday. Also, buy an international travel insurance plan as it will cover you in case of any emergencies that might occur during your foreign trip.

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