If you run out of money, get robbed, or even miss a flight, you can get stranded. Getting stranded while you are on vacation, especially while you are abroad, can be frustrating and scary, but there are things that you can do to improve the situation. Here is what you need to know:

Preparation

With a few simple preparation tips, you may be able to avoid getting stranded. Make sure that you have an ample amount of money to fund your entire vacation, carry emergency money and your passport in a secure travel pouch that isn’t easily accessible to thieves, and travel with a friend in case anything happens.

Contacting the Consulate

The consulate will not pay for you to get home, but the officials there will help you to contact your family and ask for help. They can also give you advice on local services, and in some cases, they may be able to give you loans until your family can send money.

Money grams

If there is not a nearby consulate, borrow a phone to call your family and have them wire you money. If you have your bank card, they can simply deposit cash into your account at home. However, if you do not have that, they will need to wire money through a service like Western Union.

Travel Insurance

In some cases your travel insurance can help when you are stranded. If your flight or bus was cancelled, travel insurance covers the cost of spending extra days in a hotel or booking a new flight. If you are robbed, your policy might also help a bit. However, remember that it may have a deductible.

Working

In some cases, you can mitigate being stranded by working. A youth hostel may be willing to give you room and board in exchange for some work, or you can often get a bed to sleep in and a bit of spending money by volunteering on a Kibbutz, an organic farm, or with another organization.