I got robbed and I lost all my cards and emergency stashes… I’m COMPLETELY stranded!
This should NEVER happen to anyone. Ever. I don’t want to call you an idiot if this happened to you but…. I guess I just did. The only way for me to take that label back is if you were traveling and got held up at gun point and made to hand over everything you owned and were left naked on the side of the road.
Firstly DO NOT keep all of your cards together, and DO NOT keep your pristine bill emergency collection in the same place.
Keep your bills in something that looks harmless and keep this at the bottom of a bag you keep locked up in your hostel at all times and only on you to travel.
Keep a wallet with one valid card, some cash, and expired or canceled cards on your person for daily use.
Keep only what you think you will need for that outing in your wallet, refill every time you come back to your pack. Depending on where you are, the hostel safe might be safer than your person or vice-versa, so make the call and keep the rest of your cards either somewhere else on your person or in your day pack, and not together, or safely locked back at your lodging. If you keep it on your person make sure it’s pick-pocket proof. If it’s locked in your room, make sure you’ve got a good lock.
The idea here is to be redundant and have decoys. I’d tell you exactly how I do it, but then if we all did the same we’d all know where to look wouldn’t we… so get creative and keep your secrets to yourself.
Keep your Passport separate from everything else, in its own secret location.
Find a kind soul to bail you out. If this happens to you, you probably don’t have a phone to call home for help, or even clothes to keep you warm, or a passport to go home with so, good luck to you. You best bet is probably to walk or hitchhike to your closest embassy after having covered yourself up with some kind of makeshift garment.Ok, Ok… I’m not being very nice.
If you really find yourself with no money and no way to take more out, first of all you need to immediately call to cancel all of your cards and immediately have more cards rushed to you no matter where you are.
Explain the situation to a local hotel or hostel and ask them if you can pay at the end of your stay, hostels might even allow for a work-exchange option. Do this until you find one that says yes, or try couchsurfing.
Your fellow travellers could be of some help, but don’t be offended if they are not. Most travellers have a tight budget and not all of them will believe your story. A few bucks here and there will help you get by for sure. If you busk, now’s a good time to work overtime.
If you lost your passport as well, go to the nearest embassy, as soon as humanly possible, yours if it exists, but others might be able to help and might be worth trying if they are closer.