This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Stephanie Yoder from Twenty-Something Travel shares her story of getting sick while abroad.
Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip:
I am a travel blogger and freelance writer who specializes in GenY Travel. Since september I’ve been backpacking around South America. Currently I’m living in Buenos Aires with my boyfriend.
Describe your travel style:
I’m mostly a backpacker although I find myself traveling slower and slower over time. I may be morphing into a serial expat.
Overall I’ve been incredibly lucky in 3 years of traveling. The worst misadventure I ever experienced was probably having to be hospitalized and have surgery due to a staph infection when I was living abroad in London. I was 22, just out of college, in a new country and living alone for the first time in my life and all of a sudden I needed emergency surgery! Very scary.
What were the negative or positive outcomes of your misadventure?
Well since I didn’t have much choice, I had the surgery done. Add in some mega-strong antibiotics and it all turned out okay. My friends, most of whom I’d only known a couple of months, were great at being there for me. It actually brought me a lot closer to my new acquaintances because I had to depend on them for help.
What did you learn from this misadventure that you can share with other travelers?
Things are never as bad as you think in retrospect. I like to call events like this “Oh Shit” moments and I think everyone has at least a couple. It was really scary at the time but in the end the experience was very re-assuring because I now know that even when things get pretty awful, I have the resources and resilience to stick it out.
What’s the one other lesson you’ve learned on your trip that you wish you had known before you left?
Resist the temptation to plan too much. The spontaneous travel decisions are the most valuable.
Thanks Stephanie for sharing!
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