What's Your Biggest Fear When Travelling?

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  1. Ms. I

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    What's your biggest fear when travelling?

    I don't travel that much, but I plan to do a lot more in the future. I think I'm most fearful of this whole bedbug issue. It's been said that you really, really have to check your bed, covers, taxi seats, etc. a lot more extensively than just pulling back the covers & looking (& of course at the good hotels too). The 2nd fear I guess is luggage being lost. (Obviously, staying safe is always a priority too.)

    Has anyone travelled lately & had any bedbug issues?
     
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    I don't know that I have any fears when traveling, per se, but I consider those examples to be risks I'm willing to take in order to visit that location.
     
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    I don't ever think about stuff like that, really. I mean, I'm always prepared for it, but I rarely think about it.
     
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    I've never had any bed bug issues while traveling. That includes recently when staying at some almost hole in the wall hotels where you feel the need to wear your clothes and shoes and possibly get a hat to put on while you sleep.

    Now luggage is a different story. About 4 years ago, my parents, sister and myself took our -last- all together family vacation to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We left from JFK to fly to Miami and from there had a connecting flight. Well, our luggage was put on the wrong plane in Miami (all luggage for all people going to Puerto Plata- not just ours) and ended up in Santo Domingo! They had to get another small plane from Santo Domingo to fly everyones luggage over to Puerto Plata. We got it very late that night. Now, if I have to check my luggage, I make sure to bring a carry-on with needed items - just in case.-
     
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    When I went to Paris and Spain in high school, I had never even been to a major city before, except field trips directly in and out of a museum in Philly or DC. And I had never flown. I really thought I was going to die when I got there. lol. I don't know of what, but I was totally freaked out. I got over it, though. But the first night there I was really upset and full of anxiety.

    Otherwise, no fears really.
     
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    I'm always worried about accidents. Seems like it is something in the back of my mind.
     
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    Not so much a fear, but something thats in the back of my mind, is getting hurt or sick. I simply trust this healthcare system, even if it is not ranked the best or whatever. I know it, I somewhat understand it, and I trust it.
     
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    I think of terriost attacks, getting pickpocketed and losing my passport.

    Bed bugs don't scare me. LOL! :lol:
     
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    I honestly don't approach travel with fears. If I were afraid to go, I would stay home.

    I do my homework (and then some... can you say "Disney"????) I get trip insurance and take any precautions I feel are necessary. We cross-pack (so each of us has an outfit in someone else's suitcase-- unless they lose ALL our luggage we have some wiggle room.) I reasearch my trip via internet. Then I go.

    That said, I'm probably not the most adventurous traveler out there-- I envy Ally's 3 month oddesey through the US and Canada. The places I've traveled to have been fairly tame-- LOTS of US cities, London, Paris, Bermuda, the Bahamas. No real hotbeds of crime or intrigue, but some wonderful memories.
     
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    I don't worry about stuff before I go either. An accident could happen any day. Car breaking down? Been there done that. Health Care needed? Been there done that. Bed Bugs? Never happened but would move to another hotel. Had to do without deaf friendly fire alarms though. Grr.. I tend to see it as my mission to notify hotels on that safety issue. I'm usually with a hearing person so I don't sweat that one either. Lost luggage? Anything vitally important is in my carry on. The rest I can stand to lose. I have lost luggage and even a car seat but got it back later. Torn luggage? Been there done that. Getting lost? Been there done that. Personally I take things as they come, go prepared and don't think much about it while I'm traveling.

    I will say that I did stay in a few hotels recently by myself and checked in late at night each time. One thing I did learn after the first night was not to go to one with outdoor walkways, stairs, etc. So the next night I decided to not only pick a hotel that I can park in a well lighted area but also that I can access my room by going through the lobby and staying interior. I wasn't scared the first night as much as I realized passing a passel of men with drinks in their hands and standing outside in groups in a fairly dark area was not the brightest idea.

    It's not that things don't happen when I travel. It's that I feel like life happens and I can adjust accordingly and make sound decisions as things occur.

    My biggest issue is I'm just not a driver. So when I have to drive, I can't stay on the road long enough at one stretch and the trip takes too long. I hate to drive long distances accordingly. So I have to plan on things taking twice as long, needing to stop often and checking into hotels along the way. I don't ride very well either. Ironically I can handle plane travel easier. Once my husband drove while I rode the plane and he actually arrived earlier. That wouldn't have happened if I had gone with him. :)

    Fear wise, I don't really have any.
     
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    Not really afraid or else, like Alice, I wouldn't go. I haven't really traveled heavily before, but I'm hoping to change that. My first overseas visit this summer was awesome! Wasn't really afraid of anything, but I was very aware of my surroundings at all times.

    I envy those people who travel by themselves or have traveled at a younger age. There were two girls from Canada that went with our group and they were either fresh out of high school or a year or two into college. I don't think I could have done what they did at that age.
     
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    My son would be like those girls, stg! He was in Germany for 12 weeks this summer and travelled, mostly on his own, to several cities for the weekend. I'm so envious of the opportunity he had and his willingness to just "do it".
     
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    I don't have any real fears while travelling. I always get a bit nervous going through immigration - they always make me feel like I am doing something wrong :lol:
    I always get good travel insurance and keep quite a close eye on my belongings at all times - but then, I would do that in my home city too. The only thing I occasionally worry a little bit about is the fact that I have a chronic illness that has a small chance of turning 'nasty' - I always make sure it is covered by my travel insurance though so I don't think about it too much.
    As for bed bugs - I have stayed in many hotels and hostels in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and the USA and have never even thought about or seen a hint of a bed bug - not something I worry about at all.
    I have travelled a lot on my own and love it - I meet so many more people that way. I am travelling at the moment and am doing some parts alone and some with others - gives me the best of both worlds :)
    There have been plenty of times that things have not gone to plan or I have been lost etc but I have learnt to just go with it and they often end up as good stories to tell later!
     
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    I don't really have an real fears when traveling. It's mostly that I'm worried about losing my wallet/id/money! Whenever I travel I do an "idiot check" where I only worry about keeping close to me my keys, wallet/id/money, and cell phone. Anything else I can just do without or buy.
     
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    I always think is the garage door open or something like that.

    The "other" drivers...
     
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    MrsC~they live in Saskatchewan. They were reall nice too!
     
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    I travelled for work for over 10 years. There were a few years where I was travelling 7 out of every 8 weeks. I never had an issue with bed bugs. Truth be told, I saw more last year at my school than all my hotel visits!!!

    I never really had any fears travelling. I did have some issues eating at resturants alone as a woman, but I learned how to make it seem I was not travelling alone or had a few regular resturants with large male employees that would escort me to my car if I thought I was going to be followed.

    I was also nervous travelling to the UK and driving on the other side of the road myself. However, after going there every month for two years, it became like a second home.
     
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    I've never actually feared anything about traveling, but every parent's worst nightmare came true for me on my last vacation. I had to delay my return because my middle son pricked his hand on a used insulin needle in the airport bathroom when we were waiting for our plane to board. Some moron had put the used needle on the back of the toilet seat and when Stuart put his hands down (gross) on it as he was getting up, the needle jabbed him in the hand. Thankfully, he's fine, but I had a very tense couple of months while they did regular blood work to check for every nasty disease you can think of.
     
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    mmswm, oh no, what a worrisome ordeal! Glad everything's OK w/ your son.
     
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    I traveled for work this past year and my biggest fear was being late and not catching my flight. That means money lost for the company and I was always worried about that. Besides that issue, I was fine with traveling for the most part. I did stay at one motel in the boonies that I was really concerned about. I laid out clothing to sleep on instead of the sheets. It was that gross.
     

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