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Problem Solving While Traveling

Problem Solving While Traveling

Travel is an unforgettable experience. Every moment is unique and cannot be experienced by anyone else in the same way as you. Every experience you have is unique and allows your personality to grow. You will learn soft skills that you can use later in everyday life and especially in your professional life.

Throughout your life you will always come across problems or obstacles that you need to overcome. However, you can not only learn how to solve these problems through school or other institutions, but especially when travelling.

With personal stories from the backpacker tribe, we want to show you how you can subconsciously learn soft skills during your trip. In this article, we will focus specifically on problem-solving ability. 


You can find problems and obstacles everywhere. They start at school with simple math problems and extend to interpersonal conflicts in your social environment. The problem solving soft skill is designed to help you deal with these situations and tasks.

Consciously or subconsciously, you always first determine what the problem is. Then you think about how you can best solve it. At school, for example, you learn the right formulas for mathematical questions, and on a social level, among other things, how to express yourself better or how to apologize properly. 

Unfortunately, problems when traveling cannot usually be solved like math problems using a specific formula. Usually there is not only one solution strategy or possibility. Your personal knowledge and wealth of experience determine how you will approach the situation and what ideas you come up with.

It is always important to keep a cool head and think about how you can best get ahead. In three personal reports, we will show you how we solved problems and mastered situations while traveling. We take you to the oceanic continent of Australia and New Zealand. 

Australia I - If the first idea doesn't work, then try the next one

Our first story takes us to Australia with our founder Fabio and a good friend   – a continent full of freedom, unique landscapes and great distances. Long car journeys between places are commonplace and the Outback is truly a place of nothing, filled with stunning natural beauty, wildlife and plants. 

On their first big trip, the two of them traveled by car and immediately had an unforgettable experience. The night before New Year's Eve, in the middle of nowhere, her car suddenly gave up the ghost - the radiator was broken. It couldn't be repaired quickly and there was no workshop far and wide.

From one moment to the next, the two became practically homeless, since there are no hotels or other accommodations in the middle of nowhere. Of course, a number of questions immediately ran through their heads: What should we do now? 

where will we sleep Their problem wasn't just the broken car, but also where to spend the night. 

Her first idea was to try again to see if the car could somehow be saved. However, that didn't work. So they decided to sleep in the trunk of the car because there was no other option at that moment. A few days later they were able to take the car to a workshop.

In this story you can see very well that the first solution does not always have to work and that there are other options that may not be as pleasant, but are still better than panicking or doing nothing. 

Australia II - the best time of life, even without luggage

The second experience also took place in Australia. This time on the  east coast . Our content intern Emma was on her first backpacking trip with a close friend and they were at the end of their 3‑month journey. They had spent the past four weeks in New Zealand and now wanted to return to Australia for the last two weeks of their trip. 

The return flight went without any problems, but at the airport in Sydney they got the message from a member of staff: their luggage has remained in Auckland. The question immediately arose: what now? After all, they had nothing but what they were wearing and that had fit into their backpacks. However, they lacked things like a change of clothes. In addition, they had already booked a bus trip to Byron Bay .

Can you actually go there without any stuff? How can they live without all their belongings? And more importantly, will the missing luggage arrive in time for the journey home? You now had two choices: wait for the luggage whenever it will arrive or just have fun and enjoy the last two weeks as planned.

They chose the latter. They drove to Byron and bought new essentials there and for other items they simply asked other travelers at the hostel. They were also in constant contact with the airline to be kept up to date on the status of their baggage.

But even without this, the two weeks were the best of her life. You don't need much to live and have a great time - sun, sea and good people are enough. Luckily the luggage arrived in Sydney on time and could easily be collected before the return flight.

The moral of this experience is that a problem does not necessarily have to screw up the trip and may not be that bad, even if it seems so at first glance.  

New Zealand – Self-help is often the best help

The final story takes us to  New Zealand  . The country brings with it incredible nature and many sights that are best reached by car during a round trip. 

Anika from the content team and the travel school was there with a friend on her first big trip after graduating from high school. You were on a road trip with another car. Relatively late in the evening while they were still on their way to a campsite, they had to refuel the car shortly before the destination.

A typical petrol station in New Zealand operates without staff. So the two filled up their car and wanted to drive off again, but suddenly it wouldn't start anymore. "First of all, stay calm, don't panic!" was her motto. They tried to solve the problem with logic: It can't be that the car broke down within a few minutes and is no longer driving.

So they opened the hood, hoping to find something that might explain the problem. And they found what they were looking for: a cable had come loose from the battery. True to the motto "The woman/the man is himself", they attached the cable again with pliers and lo and behold - the car ran again and they were able to continue their journey. 

Here you can see that the solution is often not that difficult and that you are capable of more than you might think. Just try it because you never know at the beginning how it will end and you should never assume beforehand that you can't.

Of course you shouldn't do everything by force yourself, especially if it could be dangerous, but have a little self-confidence at first and get used to the new situation - you can always despair and get help later. And above all, it feels particularly good in the end when you can solve the problem yourself and say, for example, like Anika and her friend: "Hey, I fixed my car by myself."


Your life will not be without problems or stumbling blocks, nor can you plan every step in advance. You will always have to find solutions to new situations and then grow from them. These stories should show you that you can also subconsciously pick up many skills on the side.

Traveling is a particularly good way to learn, because you are away from everything you are used to and have to be able to help yourself and deal with many new influences on your own. In principle, however, it is never wrong to get help.

However, our stories have also shown you that in some situations help can sometimes be far away or not available at the moment and even then you must and can keep a clear head. 

The soft skill of problem solving can not only help you when travelling, but especially in everyday life. It enriches your life in all aspects, we can promise you that! With every problem that you were able to solve on your own, you automatically become more self-confident and independent. Two important qualities, especially in professional life! 

Rudolfus Kikkert
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