Lost child, locked room: How to solve travel nightmares

Lost child, locked room: How to solve travel nightmares
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Being lost in a foreign city can be a scary thing. It can be an even more worrying thing if the lost person is your child.

Do you know what to do if you were caught in such a situation? Here are some solutions to common travel nightmares that people encounter overseas.

If you are separated from your child, the first thing to do is remain calm and enlist the help of relevant authorities such as the police or security personnel.

According to AIG Malaysia, getting help from the right people is important as they would have the right experience and be more proficient in handling the situation.

Another tip that can aid the situation is to always have photos of your family members at hand. The photo can be then duplicated and shared with the police, hotel or mall concierge and security guards. These parties can help to keep a look out for your family member and contact you if they have any information.

Other than worrying situations, travellers can also sometimes land themselves in embarrassing ones too.

If you think locking yourself out of your hotel room only happens in movies, think again.

As early as Feb 2013, a video footage of a man wandering around a hotel hallway buck naked was uploaded on YouTube.

From the footage, it seemed that the male guest, who had wanted to leave room service dishes outside his door, had come out without his clothes and the door slammed shut behind him.

He was unable to return to his room and had to make the embarrassing walk - with hands covering his privates - to the front desk to ask for help.

If you were ever caught in this situation, News.com.au recommends scanning the hallway around you first to look for items which can cover your intimate parts.

Potted plants, napkins or newspapers can be a great help in situations like these.

Next, knock on your neighbour's door and ask for a towel or bath robe to cover yourself. Then, borrow the phone to call the receptionist to get your door unlocked.

News.com.au added that the hotel lobby should be avoided - it is usually the most crowded area and if you really need to get to the front desk, it is better to take the stairs.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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