4th place: Smartphone breaks down on holiday
If the mobile phone breaks down on holiday, so does online banking access, access to PayPal, all emergency contacts, hotel booking confirmation, etc. Actually, this item should be number 1. The most common is simply dropping the smartphone. The display shatters and you can no longer use it or simply see nothing on it.
The solution The solution is quite simple. I dont have to take my expensive mobile phone with all my personal photos and the above-mentioned important accesses to the beach. I dont have to take it to the party. Because I can leave it at the hotel where nothing happens. But without a smartphone at all? No, just get a second one, an old one or a cheaper one. If it gets broken, its annoying, but I dont have to fret for the rest of my holiday.
5th place: Entry to Thailand was not allowed
If entry is not granted at passport control, you have to fly straight back on the next plane. You are not allowed to leave the airport. A nightmare! The reasons to avoid Thailand are: - The passport is valid for less than 6 months
- One has already been to Thailand more than 2 times this year and has not applied for a visa from Germany.
- The passport is damaged! A large tear or only one missing page is enough to get into trouble. I strongly recommend a document bag or something similar for the passport and a credit card. That way you have everything together and protected.
6th place: Missed flight
Nobody tells you about this because its super embarrassing. Youve already talked about it with friends two months before your trip. Youve booked your hotel, told your family and packed. Everything is great. But then you miss your flight. You should always be at the airport on time. For international flights, they say 3 hours before departure! It really doesnt hurt to be at the airport very early. It would be terrible to be stuck in a traffic jam and know you need another hour to get to the airport, but only have 50 minutes left. Then your holiday is almost over. Therefore, leave in good time and take a possible traffic jam into account. If youre travelling by train to the airport, plan for a train cancellation. Only one flight to London, but the following flight cost 100€ more and left 7 hours later. I should have left it alone on that day, because from then on my good mood was gone. If only it were so easy to avoid. It is better to check the time of departure twice. Keep in mind that boarding also takes time and that baggage check-in will close an hour before. It happens more often than you think that you simply made a mistake about the time it took to get there, or that you got lost on the way to your destination or caught the wrong train. Once youre at the airport, youve done the hardest part. Thats why I dont wish for a good flight, but for a trouble-free journey to the airport.
Rank 7: Im not feeling so well
Stomach problems, malaise, illness.
"The first week was great, since yesterday I dont feel so well. Stomach problems and also my friend has been feeling very bad since today." Usually you hear this, then you can assume 7 days of illness. In 50% of all cases, the reason is the air conditioning. The air conditioners in old buses are dirty or the filters are dirty. The air conditioners are set far too cold and you only wear flip-flops and a shirt with shorts. You catch a cold very quickly. You are very likely to catch it on a long bus ride or even on the 11-hour flight there. The second reason is the tap water you used to brush your teeth. It is enough to gargle the tap water. Unfortunately, it is not drinking water, but you only notice this when you feel generally unwell. It often lasts a few days, so the tap water does not immediately come to mind as the reason. Many people even drink it, which is a mistake. So, brush your teeth with bottled water. The third reason is "seafood". There is a saying "If you cant cook or peel it, dont eat it". This means dont eat food that is either uncooked (sushi) or cant be peeled (fruits and vegetables without peel). Raw fish, for example, like sushi or a red steak. Fried or deep-fried food is safe as long as it is relatively fresh. Street food from vendors who cant get rid of their food for several days then sell it to you, even though it would no longer be edible for a long time. With hot spices or deep-fried food, it is not immediately noticeable. Likewise, the oil for frying is dumped into a bucket at the end of the day and used several times, i.e. for several days. Restaurants put "fresh" fish on ice in front of the restaurant entrance to attract tourists. On these tables, the fish then lie between ice cubes for the whole day. Cold chains are a foreign word in many cases in Thailand. The fish is defrosted several times and put back into the ice chest before it is placed on ice cubes in the open. Right next to the road, where flies and other dirt come into contact with the raw fish very easily. Unfortunately, it cannot be completely avoided. More often, however, it is simply the water from the tap that is to blame. Another reason that goes unnoticed is mosquito bites. You will definitely notice if they have transmitted diseases such as malaria or dengue fever. But more severe flu symptoms are much more common, just not associated with mosquitoes.
Tap water only for showering, do not swallow.
Spray DEET mosquito spray from Seven-Eleven or Family Mart on your skin or at least a little on your clothes. Especially after dusk, wearing shorts makes you an easy target.
Avoid raw fish and meat.