I found this New York Times article that I thought had some good advice for not getting in more trouble than necessary when things go the wrong way when you travel.
”Ten days into what would have been two months in South America, I broke my leg in two places. I was deep in Chile, a country whose language I didn’t speak, and I’d just booked flights to Brazil and Easter Island. I could have panicked. Instead, I was just disappointed. After years of extended traveling, I had a system in place to handle emergencies. I was in a staggering amount of pain, in an embarrassed heap far from home and hostel, but I wasn’t too worried.”
The advice are split into preparations before a trip and things to do while away.
Research the place you are going.
Bring a phone that will work in the country you are going to. That often includes a SIM card for the local market.
Protect yourself online so no one can steal your stuff.
Get travel insurance.
Find local emergency information, like where to call in case of emergency.
Take a card from the hotel desk and/or photograph its outside so you can show people (taxi drivers, helpful locals) where you live.
Minimize your risks by leaving nothing worth stealing visible or easy to reach.
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