Travelling can be an inspiring experience but like with anything in life, can be prone to mishaps along the way. While it's important not to let the potential negatives scare you, it's also important to know what to do in the event that the worst happens-or how to avoid it altogether. Prevention is always better than fixing a situation afterward, but there are times when the occurrence could not have been anticipated. This leaves you in the position of having to take care of the problem after the fact in a way that doesn't ruin your entire trip. Here, we go over some of the most common travel mishaps and how to get around them.
Losing Your Luggage
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luggage which comes with some pretty distinctive detailing already, stick to strong, recognizable colours to avoid any conveyer belt mixups. Having luggage tags with your information clearly printed on it and arriving early to make sure your luggage is one of the first pieces loaded onto
your plane are some great ways to avoid missing luggage also. In the unfortunate event that your luggage ends up somewhere other than your destination, be sure to 1 or 2 lightweight outfits in your carry-on with you so you're not stuck in the same clothes you wore on the plane until whenever your luggage finally gets to you.
Hotels Losing Your Reservation
As soon as you book your suite, print everything or at the very least be sure the confirmation email is easily accessible in your inbox, even without data. Whether your missing reservation is a system or human error, they may still be able to cross reference your own documents with something else to verify that you are indeed booked to stay there. It may also be a good idea to call ahead a few days before you're scheduled to arrive just to make sure your reservation and plans are intact. You'l be in abetter position to deal with it beforehand while you're still at home and can easily and quickly pull up proof and information about your booking.
Missing Your Flight
First off; don't panic. People miss flights all the time and it doesn't immediately mean you will have to book a flight home at full price...but it might. This one is tricky because the outcome really depends on the airline and the agent you get to resolve your issue. If the missed flight is the airline's fault because of a connection delay, you may eligible for everything from hotel & food vouchers to monetary compensation and the next available flight. If it's your own fault however, it may not go the way you wanted. The final decision is really up to the airline and counter agent's discretion, being extra polite, apologetic & friendly will help you big time. Often times, they can book you on the next available flight with the possibility if you having to pay a small fee. In rare occasions and airlines with strict policies, you might have to book a new flight altogether. The moral of the story: set as many alarms as humanly possible on every device you have with you and arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight.
Losing Your Passport
This is a definite situation where you have to avoid panicking so you can retrace your steps with a clear mind. Your passport could very well be safely sitting on the bathroom counter in your hotel room, so look diligently for it before deciding that it's gone forever. If it's indeed lost, find the embassy of the country that issued your passport and come prepared with some I.D. and cash to have it replaced. This is why it's a good idea to have a photocopy of your passport along with extra passport photos packed securely with you as well so it's easier to prove your identity. The price will vary by country, so double check online how much you will need to get it all sorted. A great way to give yourself piece of mind is to not bring your passport around with you in your day-to-day travels. Keep it securely packed in your luggage or make use of your hotel room safe if you have one.
This one is definitely one of those preventative things. Pickpockets largely target those who look
like tourists. In some places, it's going to be harder for you to blend in than others, but in large diverse cities there are a few ways to avoiding sticking out like a sore thumb. That large and expensive DSLR camera around your neck is signal that you're from out of town, as is the souvenir ship t-shirt. A great tip for sprawling, busy cities like New York: lengthy gawking upwards at the lights of Times Square makes you easy prey. Always know where your belongings are and be alert.
Being well prepared is key to avoid most mishaps that happen when you're travelling. Keep your most important essentials well-secured and always have resources on hand to quickly and effectively resolve the issues you would have had no way of preventing. Be safe & Happy Travels!