“You learn from your mistakes”. Even after being an avid traveler while on my Indonesia trip I came across many such incidents where I almost acted as a newbee.
# Friend’s Mobile lost– can you ever imagine riding a bicycle on a no motor island on a sunny day, stoping at a vast clear water sea stretch to take a dip, having a sumptious meal with loaded protien, enjoying a drink at the sunset, then riding back in the pitch dark sandy pathways to your hotel realising suddenly that your phone is missing.
What happened, where did it go, where was it last kept??? Answer – it was all the time in the open, front basket of the bicycle & we only later realised that the basket had a hole in it.
#Debit card missing– we flew from Lombok to Bali and directly head to Ubud. And after spending a day in Ubud, I scrolled through my emails to find a notification of a failed transaction from my debit card. I panicked, i thought someone in my hotel must have taken it.
What must have happened people, do you want to take a wild guess.
I had packed my wallet in my backpack that I gave for checkin to the ‘Lion Airlines’. A baggage handler must have extracted my wallet from luggage at Bali airport and quickly took all the cash and visible cards. ‘My card was not internationally enabled’- i suffered a loss of INR 8000.
#Situation with the local animals– We were so scared about the belongings that we kept all the cash with us. We were posing with the sunset at Ulluwatu temple, bags kept on the side, a monkey came and took away my camera case along with all the cash in it. Thanks to a gentlemen who helped to bring back the case with all money intact, only with the loss of my lens cap which is still not replaced.
#A monster ate my freind’s debit card– here the moster is the ATM machine, on our last day of our trip, we were withdrawing some cash. And neither did we get the currency nor did we get the card back.
Learnings -Always keep your belongings and precious items on your body, preferably in a waist pouch or in a sling bag