Everyone wishes that their trip will turn into the perfect getaway, but in reality, things often go wrong when traveling. How you prepare for these mishaps and how you handle them when they do occur will determine whether or not you can actually enjoy your vacation. The following are five common travel troubles and their solutions.
1. Your Hotel is Over-Booked
Sometimes, hotels book too many rooms, and they end up not being able to accommodate everyone. The best way to make sure you’ll have a room when you arrive at your destination is to secure it with a credit card. Then, confirm your reservation a few days before you leave for your trip. If you know you’ll be arriving later than you originally expected, make sure to let the hotel know. Otherwise, they might consider you a no-show and give away your room. If you arrive and find out that there isn’t a room for you, insist that the hotel find alternative accommodations for you at no extra cost.
2. You Lost Your Money or it Was Stolen
Before leaving for your trip, get enough traveler’s checks to cover your daily expenses. Write down the serial numbers, date and location of the issuing agency, and denominations. Traveler’s checks can usually be replaced within one day from when they go missing. Also, carry one credit card apart from the rest of your cash and checks. Lastly, don’t take every single credit card along with you.
3. Your car rental’s been cancelled.
If your flight is delayed, you may not make it to the car rental agency on time, which means they could give away your reservation. Prevent this by giving the agency your flight information when you put down the deposit, and ask them to check the flight status if you don’t show up on time. Also, keep the office’s number with you, so that if your flight is delayed, you can let the agency know that you’ll still be picking the car up, but that you’ll be there later than expected.
4. You’re sick on vacation.
It’s common to get sick while on vacation. Traveling is taxing and a lot of people are crammed together, which makes it easy to swap germs. If you’re prone to motion sickness, sit in the front seat when traveling and bring anti-nausea medicine with you. Always pack aspirin and a decongestant, too, to get rid of common travel bugs, like the cold or the flu. If you’re going to be traveling overseas, make an appointment with your doctor to get the necessary immunizations. Also, check with your health insurance company to find out how to use your insurance when traveling.
Some people have experienced wild things happening on vacations, from getting sick overseas to having their passport stolen and breaking down on the side of the road in a foreign country. It’s important to remain calm, focused, and flexible when dealing with unexpected occurrences. With the right attitude, you can truly turn a vacation mishap into a great story.