Although vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, all too often they don’t go the way that we plan. Despite our best intentions, sometimes things are simply out of our control.
When your travel plans change as a result of unforeseen circumstances, you may throw your hands up in the air and assume all hope is lost. However, with a flexible attitude and a little optimism, you can make the most out of even the worst situations. After all, life isn’t about what happens to you, but how you respond to it.
Here are some of the most common disasters that strike, and what you can do to deal with them as best as possible.
Getting Injured or Sick
The last thing that anyone ever hopes for while traveling is getting hurt or sick. Whether you get into a car accident in your rental car or catch the latest local illness, it’s no fun finding yourself down for the count on vacation.
Before leaving on your trip, consider taking out travel insurance. That way, if something does happen to you, you know that you’ll be cared for. You may not be able to do all of the activities that you had initially planned on; however, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re in good hands.
There’s nothing like the dreaded moment when you arrive at your destination only to find that all of the cute beach dresses and sandals you packed didn’t make it there with you. Even though you may have the urge to erupt into a full-fledged panic, it’s imperative that you stay calm.
Remember, you aren’t the first passenger who has ever lost their luggage. Don’t take it out on a staff member, or this can create even more of a problem. Calmly find the nearest information desk associated with your airline and explain the problem.
Hopefully, they will have an idea of where your luggage was accidentally re-routed to. In most cases, your luggage should arrive within the next 24 hours. If you paid any baggage fees, ask for them to reverse the charges.
Unfortunately, a missed flight is one of the worst vacation disasters since it means you never actually make it to your destination. The best way to guard against this is to leave with plenty of time to spare.
Anticipate traffic and arrive at the airport at least 2.5 hours early for international flights. If you do miss your flight, inquire about what your options are. In many cases, with a little luck, there may be a flight leaving to the same destination without having to wait too long at the airport.