The first day went great, as I met some fellow travelers staying at the same hostel I was staying in, and we spent our time knowing each other and later going on a late-night food tour. However, things took an unexpected turn on the second day, as I had to go for personal work where phones and any other items were not allowed, except my driving license for verification. I thought it would be safe to leave my wallet and phone inside the activa compartment that I rented. But it turned out to be my biggest mistake because when I got back, I saw that all my belongings had been stolen from the activa compartment.
I was in shock and felt stranded in an unknown city with no money or phone. I had no idea how to reach back to my hostel without GPS. I sought help from people along the way, asking to see their mobiles to view map and memorizing the route until I reached back. I told my fellow hostel mate about the incident, and they gladly let me borrow their mobile and use it to remotely track my phone. However, when I logged into my email, I saw multiple fraudulent transactions on my Gmail, which gave me another mini panic attack. I immediately erased my mobile remotely, blocked my cards and reported the transactions to my bank and Cybercrime Portal, but it was too late. As of now, I was officially The Broke Doc.
Despite this setback, I didn't want to call off my trip since I had planned a week-long trip, and even if I cancelled the bookings the refunded money would have got stuck in between since I blocked all my accounts. So, I took the decision of continuing the trip. I borrowed some cash from a fellow hostel mate after transferring money to their account from my college friend. I got more cash from the agency I rented the Activa from, which I gave them as security. Now my trip changed from luxury to budget, but I didn't want to lose hope. I had an old tablet that I brought along just in case which turned into a life savior.