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What can go wrong?

 

MAKE A LIST OF ALL THE THINGS THAT CAN PROBABLY GO WRONG, BEFORE SETTING OFF.

I was advised to do this by someone who had already walked this walk. “Anticipate the worst and it will then probably never happen”. A trip such as we are planning will have setbacks. I thought it best to make a list of all the things that could go wrong before we even start the trip.

This theoretically might serve a few purposes:

*It would help with anticipating, coping with and solving potential problems and bring us good kharma.

*Any setback, having been anticipated, would become psychologically easier to cope with.

*Those fears that do not materialize would serve as motivation when spirits might flag.

*Introduce some realism in both Anne and I, whilst planning through our rose-coloured spectacles.

 

#Illnesses such as Malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, skin infections, fevers, food poisoning.

#Injuries both minor and major. These we felt we had as well covered as possible with our medical backgrounds, comprehensive medical kit and medical insurance.

#Motor vehicle accidents.

#Malfunction of equipment.

#Tyre problems.

#Suspension problems.

#Dirty fuel.

#Run out of fuel.

#Gearbox and clutch problems.

#Fuel tank leaks.

#Electrical issues.

#Battery issues.

#Overheating.

#Drive train issues.

#Freezer problems.

#Malfunctioning GPS.

#Hijacking/shiftas.

#Bribery and corruption.

#Theft and robbery.

#Traffic fines.

#Loss of motivation whilst on the road. Allowances made for luxury breaks and short trips back home with the vehicle in temporary storage.

#Family illnesses or domestic crises back home. #Personal differences.

#Disagreements on route or schedule.

#Route problems and getting lost.

#Tsetse flies.

#Inclement weather. Excessive heat, cold or rain.

#Visa and other bureaucratic problems.

#Financial problems.

#Currency problems.

#Overloading.

#Poor food supplies/water.

#Poor hygiene and facilities.

#Problems with authorities or police.

#Political unrest and personal safety issues.

#Poor communications.

#Homesickness.

#Irritation with the unique problems of Third World countries.

#Boredom and frustration.

#Unrealistic goals and expectations.

#Poor accommodation.

#Stranded in mud or sand.

#Water crossings.

#Poor roads.

#Dangerous drivers.

#Intolerance of begging.

#Difficulty in following the Springbok’s progress in the Rugby World Cup.

Let us beard the lion!