9 Travel Struggles That Are Worse Than Lost Luggage

Lost luggage is often held up as the gold standard for frustrating travel experiences. While having to start your trip without any of your clothes is certainly difficult, it might not be the worst thing that can happen to you while traveling — and besides, it can be completely avoided by simply packing all your clothes in a stylish luggage jacket. Here are 9 other travel hassles we hope you never have to encounter:

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1. Travel Visa Issues

The hassle of getting a travel visa is felt worldwide, though residents from certain parts of the globe often have much easier access to some countries than others (not fair!). Taking this privilege for granted however can cause certain tourists to forget to check if and when a visa is required. This can often result in a very rude awakening at the end of their flight. Visa application processes can vary in cost and processing time, so make sure you check well in advance of any trip!

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2. Getting Robbed

So you fell asleep on the night train from one end of a country to the other. Upon awakening you will likely have anticipated the neck pain and cramped legs, but not your wallet and camera being gone. The money belt and fanny pack your mom suggested might seem lame, but somewhat less so when you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with no money or identification. Even when sleeping, keep your valuables as close to you as possible. Like, prying them from your cold dead hands close.

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3. Bank Card Issues

Successful use of any kind of a bank card is never a sure thing when traveling – even if you call your bank in advance. Bank machines, especially the smaller ‘no-name’ kind will often reject foreign cards, and may even suck them into their dark core of nothingness if you press the wrong buttons too many times.

Super seasoned travelers will often order a replacement credit card to carry with them that can be activated in the event that anything goes wrong. Make sure to store it somewhere other than your wallet though (refer to point 2).