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From sunburn to jet lag and the middle-seat squeeze, how to survive everyday holiday drama

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It's a truth universally acknowledged that holidays are fraught with the potential for little things going wrong.

Whether it's turning up at the wrong terminal or getting lost in the backstreets of Buenos Aires with no phone, these small-scale crises go hand-in-hand with the concept of travel and adventure.

We want to explore this wonderful marble called Earth - even if it means being wedged between two of the world's loudest eaters for a 12-hour flight to Hong Kong, or getting swollen eyelids in our over-enthusiasm to embrace the Seychelles sun. 

A seasoned traveller will know that these plights can't be controlled, and the best thing to do is have a game plan to tackle them, whenever they arise.

Step in Lonely Planet's new guidebook, How to Survive Anything, which includes expert tips and illustrated guides on surviving almost any possible scenario, from hangovers to free-falling elevators.

From this insider look at laughing in the face of travel adversity, we've selected four of the most commonplace holiday quandaries - and how to overcome them. Find out more, below. 


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