Travel Guide: Preparing for Things That Can Go Wrong

Posted by on November 11, 2014

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Nobody wants to have their dream travel trip ruined, right? However, there are just some things that you can’t help but happen. Here are some examples of what commonly goes wrong in trips and how you can prepare ahead for them.

Canceled or Delayed Flights  

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Nothing is more frustrating than having the trip you most looked forward to canceled. There’s usually not much you can do for an immediate fix. But you can make the best out of the unwanted situation.

– Avoid lining for a talk with terminal staff as this process is often slower. Instead, call your airline immediately and request cash refund, not voucher.

– Be ready with a “book last minute” flight services such as Hopper’s Flight Tonight app.

– Avoid delays by avoiding major airports that have the highest chance to experience delays during peak seasons. 

Lost Luggage

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It’s a gut-wrenching feeling to lose valuable and key items. But these will help prevent your luggage from getting misplaced or taken by another person:

– Prevent mix-ups by using colorful luggage or a bag that is easy to spot.

– Always tag your luggage with your destination airport code.

– Track your most important luggage using trackers or barcodes. 

No Hotel Transport Service

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Trips are always better when you arrive to someone familiar greeting you. However, things can happen and this may fall through. So make sure you keep apps that help you find taxis, Uber, Lyft or similar ride-sharing services.

Forgetting a Very Important Item 

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So you’ve forgotten your prescription medicine or some other valuable and you have no idea how to get a replacement where you are at. Here’s what you can do:

– Ask someone you absolutely trust to ship the item to you. Take note though that there are a handful considerations you have to make for this. Consider the customs, the shipping process and the documents necessary for the shipment.

– If replacement is the only option you have, ask hotel staff for help. Accommodation staff and locals are usually very willing to help.

Preparation and presence of mind are the keys to a smooth trip. If it so happens that there’s nothing else you can do to cover the trouble, just roll with the time, charge it to experience and use that experience for a better trip next time.

Photos by: ANTHONY PUJOLAaron Tyo-DickersonLinh NguyenNVinacco

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