When travelling, so many things can go wrong. From missing flights to having things stolen or getting sick. I try to stay as positive as possible and put myself in the mindset of: Who cares, I’m in this awesome place with these awesome people, just let it go.
But sometimes it starts to wear you down.
I’ve had an amazing time in Liberia, Costa Rica for my first week in Central America. I’ve made great friends with the hostel owners of Hospedaje Dodero and met some other rad tourists, but I’ve also had some problems, which came to a head yesterday.
My second night in Liberia I lost my glasses. I have forced myself to accept the fact that they’re gone and be thankful I have my contacts. Anyone who know me is aware that I’m extremely blind. This can be fairly scary in a unfamiliar place, but I’ll make it through and try to work something out to get new glasses here in Central America.
A few days later I tried to take out money and had some banking issues. They told me I had to come into a branch and I informed them I would be in Central America for almost 3 more months. They put me on hold for a little bit and told me everything would be fine, I would just have to call them before I take out any money.
Annoying, but it’s better than no money, so it’s fine.
A few days later I wanted to take out money before heading to Nicaragua, just to be safe. I called the bank and said “Hey, I want some of my money”. The told me I didn’t have to call anymore and everything would be fine. So I walked to the bank machine… and of course, it didn’t work.
I came back to the hostel and called the bank. They dicked me around – sending me to the wrong people and then back into the que for about 2 hours. Finally I spoke to a woman who told me she had fixed everything and to head back to the bank to take out money. I asked if it could have been the machine rather than my card, but she said no, the machine should work.
So I walked to the bank machine… and again, it didn’t work.
I came back to the hostel and called the bank again, trying my BEST not to yell at anyone, as I know the person I’m speaking with is not really responsible for my problem and yelling at them would just be selfish on my part.
I finally spoke to another woman who told me it must be the bank machine. (THANKS TIPS)
So I went to another bank machine and finally got money out. (BIG sigh of relief)
In no way have these things ruined my trip, but some people believe that backpacking is all fun and games. There are hardships and sometimes it can be extremely stressful. When I arrived in Vietnam, they couldn’t find my entry Visa and tried to send me back to Taiwan. It was scary as hell! But after arguing with them for an hour, they found it, and finally let me into the country.
The thought of not having access to any of my money, so far from home is scary and frustrating. But you just have to hold back the tears, keep your cool and try your best to make it through the day sometimes.
Been there. Makes me want to shank a bitch… like the time they told us our ATM card was cancelled because they got an anonymous tip off..
I hear that sistah! I get a different story every time I talked to them. I did my best not to cry and went to the store to use the last of my money on a 9 pack of imperial and cigarettes lol.
I had something kind of like that… in line to get our seats to go to Australia and we were asked why we don’t have visas. We said we did. They said no we didn’t, or else they would be in our passports. We informed they are E-Visas and why don’t you try scanning it. They sighed, did it, saw they were dumb as fuck and grumbled that we could go through. All part of the adventure my ass.
Hope things are better!
Haha I concur!
That stinks, but I love your attitude. I always try to remember that getting upset in those sometimes scary moments never helps. Always best to keep your wits.
Ya, gotta keep my head up! No point in letting it get me down…
Just read this via a RT from Will Peach,
Finally, I can say I feel your pain! If I had have been reading this from a desk at work back in Australia, it would have come across as a bit of a first world problem, first being able/privileged (on a world scale) to travel, and the problem being that you HAVE money but can’t access it.
But arriving in Brazil on Friday night, late, when my airport pickup & host had bailed on me, no wifi, no money, no Portugese, I’m here for you!
Best of luck with the rest of the travels.
I hope that’s not your first time internationally haha. That sounds BRUTAL. I would be pretty freaked out if I arrived late and didn’t have an airport pick up.
Hopefully it means all the bad stuff just happens now and not later. Luckily I have never had bank problems, but only because I travel with cards from two different banks so if one doesn’t work the other will.
Always ahead of the game, Baconator.
What a crazy start to your adventures in Central! The bank card thing sucks. I had some picky ATMs in Central, but never had trouble not finding one that worked, except in Granada…because the ATMs all ran out of money, that’s always fun.
One thing that works for me…I got the bank to connect my Credit Card to my bank account. Some sometimes if my debit doesn’t work, my Credit Card does…I just have to be sure to choose the right account!
My credit cards are the worst. They are always decline and I call the bank and they say everything is fine and that I’m crazy… but IM NOT! lol
Was just telling friends today how that happened last time we were in Venice. Wasn’t sure we’d have enough money for lunch (bank in the US closed, a Sunday morning in Italy, no money…) so we went to our favorite restaurant, told them to charge 80 euro and see if it worked. It did, and they LOVED us. We ate like celebrities.
Hope your Central and South America recognize your rock star status again soon. 😉
HAHAHA… my rock star status? LOVE IT
Ugh that sucks! I’ve been really luck with banking stuff, haven’t had any issues there while traveling. Worst thing I’ve lost was the 2nd battery for my camera, which is a little pricey, but at least I had another one. Good luck getting replacement glasses, I’d hate to be without mine even though I wear contacts too.
I always have issues! Last time my bank card got stolen and no one would take my travelers cheques