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What to Do if You Get Lost When Traveling

I can’t help you if you’re feeling existentially lost (although travel is a great remedy for that), but I can give you some tips on what to do if you don’t know where you are or how to get back to your hotel when you’re traveling.

In a world where we have GPS at our fingertips in a smartphone, getting lost may seem like an old-school problem—until you find yourself disoriented in a foreign country. Maybe you don’t speak the language, you have no idea where you are, and you can’t get a Wi-Fi or cell signal. Or maybe you’ve gone on a hike and lost the trail, and now your phone battery is dead.

Remember these tips. They could even save your life.

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Caroline Morse has a terrible sense of direction, but it usually leads to unexpected adventures. Follow her travels on Instagram TravelWithCaroline and on Twitter @CarolineMorse1.

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