And you may have forgotten to brush up on the local language.
Never one to quit, you decide to console yourself by thinking about all the great food you're going to try. One of the best parts of traveling is eating, and much of the time, new food is really, really good.
Except when it's not - Did no one tell you that that dish was actually made of tarantulas?
And sometimes, it's really, really not. Don't worry - we know you can't control what your stomach does after seven courses of curry.
After recovering from unplanned food poisoning, you might still be in good spirits. Your next plan is to unleash your international, cosmopolitan fabulousity on the locals.
You also plan to make it rain - if you can't eat quite yet, why not shop?
The only problem is, you have no idea where you're going, and all the street signs are in the local language.
And the city's streets are packed with people, none of whom seem like they have time to lend a helping hand.
In an attempt to garner sympathy, you might feel compelled to do something that will impress the locals.
But then you just end up embarrassing yourself.
With your last remaining energy, you decide to just suck it up and act like a tourist, traveling to difficult places to get great photos.
But being a tourist has its downsides, too.
Your attempts at interacting with your natural surroundings don't really go as planned.
And you kind of failed at the whole "visit national landmarks" thing as well.
At this point, you begin wondering if you should have done what your grandmother told you to do and booked your trip with a tour group.
But you're just not a tour group kind of person. Filled with a renewed sense of purpose, you decide to head to a local bar. There, you meet locals who seem to understand you.
You might even feel the need to get a tattoo to commemorate your trip. We advise against this.
And no matter how tough your trip was, how many challenges you faced, or how many times you threw up in an alley at the night market, you can't wait to do it all again - Because you're a traveler, through and through.