5 of the Most Annoying Travel Problems (and How to Fix Them)

Face it: Traveling, though fun and exciting, can be a real pain. There are a million things that can go wrong at any time — from misplacing your wallet to simple translation miscues — which can throw your entire trip into disarray. Of course, different situations call for different issues. But if there’s one constant in life besides death and taxes, it’s that you’ll run into annoying travel problems.

Among the most common annoying travel problems are miscommunications, unexpected delays, and simply forgetting or losing the things you brought with you. While you can choose to approach these and other situations by hanging your head and complaining, there are simple solutions to almost anything you encounter. Travel offers us a chance to test our patience and put Occam’s Razor to the test out in the wild.

So, let’s explore this a bit, shall we? We’ve put together a list of five annoying travel problems people face and some of the easiest fixes for them. These may require a little preparation beforehand on your part, but that’s a better alternative than having a meltdown or getting emotional when you need to solve a problem and think on your feet. Here are five easy solutions to common travel problems.

1. Lost documents

Man looking through his phone at the airport

Man searching his phone at the airport | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Few things are more stressful than losing your driver’s license or passport, especially when you’re far from home or in a foreign country. Most people wouldn’t even know what to do in that situation (hint: contact the U.S. embassy) other than go into full-blown panic mode. So here’s a simple solution to make sure this doesn’t happen: make digital copies. Simply make scans of your documents to help facilitate the process of having them replaced. You will still need to go through some hurdles, especially abroad, to get you home. But having a backup copy of your documents stored on Dropbox or in your email will give you a head start.

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