Theft, unfortunately, also happens to even the most seasoned travelers. Take Nora Dun, of The Professional Hobo, who had her passport stolen in Grenada, a disaster that ended up costing her upwards of $10,000. As a preventative measure to loss or theft like this, Christy Woodrow, of the travel blog Ordinary Traveler, highly recommends “keeping copies of your passport/ID, and front and back copies of your credit cards. This way if something does happen, you can easily cancel your cards and use copies of your ID to get home.” Carry a backup credit or ATM card for emergencies or in case of theft -- just be sure to keep it separate from your wallet.
And when in a real pinch: Have someone send you cash via Western Union.
Embrace a different kind of sightseeing
Looking back, we both agreed that we wouldn’t have had it any other way. With no money for costly activities, we felt no pressure to sightsee. We simply enjoyed the country in a way we may not have had otherwise. We took long strolls through town and into tobacco fields, stopping to smell strange fruits and flowers, to listen to the hum of a lone tractor or horse hoofs beating down on the dirt roads. We savored every last bite of food we had -- yes, even the beans and rice. We took the time to talk with locals who invited us into their homes, to share in spirits, smokes, and laughter on their back porches overlooking the valley. We ran out of money, it turned out, and traveled all the richer for it.