Dealing with unforeseen events during your travels


Life on the move

Life as a traveller can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially when it comes to familiarising yourself with acceptable practices at your destination. While one cannot deny the excitement and freedom that comes with travelling or being a nomad, there are other considerations that also have an impact on your experience.

Now, how these other factors affect your mood or travel experience depends entirely on what you hope to achieve during your time on the move, as an aspect that one traveller might find frustrating could very well be the highlight for another traveller.

That being said, it is widely known that some of the most exciting things about travelling is that it opens you up to new perspectives, introduces you to new people and new cuisine, and it also allows you to step into an entirely different setting and environment than what you are used to. Therefore, it can be said that life on the move or as a traveller can be complex, dynamic, anxiety-inducing and exciting all at the same time.


The realities of culture shock

As already alluded to, travelling can be a very daunting endeavour, particularly when it comes to familiarising yourself with the etiquette and general conduct at your travel destination. If, for example, you are from Africa and are travelling to India, you may want to consider researching what is and is not acceptable in terms of conduct. Culture shock as a traveller is a common thing.

Although, if you are travelling to a place for a short stay, you might find the difference in environment somewhat refreshing. For a longer stay, however, it is recommended that you inform yourself on your new surroundings to avoid offending people or being disrespectful in your actions.

There are various ways of going about this, such as doing research, exploring local tourist attractions and asking relevant questions on the history of your destination, as well as interacting with the locals.

The last option is often the most comfortable and natural way of dealing with culture shock during your travels. If you enjoy socialising and engaging with people, then spending time with the locals and asking relevant questions in a comfortable set-up could spark conversation and encourage people to elaborate on certain practices.

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Culture shock should not always be viewed in a negative light, as it can be exciting and exhilarating to gain knowledge on why some countries and their natives act a certain way, whilst also broadening your view of the world.


Having a financial reserve

Another unpleasant surprise while travelling that you might want to avoid completely is the risk of getting stranded somewhere with no access to funds. For many, finances is the starting point before embarking on any form of trip. To minimise the risk of busting the bank, the concept of foreign exchange is something that you should be very familiar with. Being knowledgeable on the relevant exchange rates will help you determine when it would be the best time to do the exchange.

This is a concept forex traders are familiar with and they often choose brokers that have extensive guides and also offers CFD trading, stock trading and similar, to potentially spread the risk and at the same time have all investments under one roof. This is a smart way to keep reserve funds aside, that can grow until you finally decide to use them. Not creating a solid budget can result in a lot of unexpected travel expenses, something you in worst case only find out while your halfway through your trip. But as any seasoned traveller knows, having a backup plan for every scenario will help you overcome these obstacles.

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