Travelling nightmares – thoughts about when it all goes wrong

In an ideal world, your holiday would be a hassle-free opportunity to explore a new destination while getting away from the stress and worries of everyday life. While holidays often do live up to the promise of giving you rest and relaxation, not every trip goes as smoothly as planned. Cancelled flights, delays, illnesses, and problems with baggage and customs are sure to crop up every now and again. Learn how to deal with your travelling nightmares by reading the article below.

Flight Delays and Cancellations

Unfortunately, flights get delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical issues, crew unavailability, and other unforeseen circumstances more often than we’d like, forcing you to miss other airline connections or spend the night in a strange city. Each carrier has different policies, but generally speaking, the airline is responsible for finding you a new flight or giving you a full refund if it delays or cancels your flight. Make sure you talk to a representative immediately to see what your options are—in some cases, this may include flights with partner airlines or alternative routes.

Illnesses

We’ve all had them: those unpleasant holidays that are ruined by a bout of sickness. Holiday illnesses can range from a mild bug bite, flu, or food poisoning to more serious medical conditions that require an emergency room visit. Pack a small medical kit or head to the local pharmacy for mild illnesses and discomforts. Go to the emergency room or seek hospitalisation for more serious conditions. Most people do not know they may be able to file holiday illness claims to help them recover part of the costs of incurred medical expenses; check to see if you qualify to claim compensation during your stay or after you return home.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Another terrible travel predicament is dealing with lost, delayed, or stolen luggage. If this happens to you, you should file a claim with the airline immediately. Be sure you have your claim ticket and a form of identification to make your claim. The airline should able to tell you if the bag has simply been delayed (and how long it will take to arrive), or if it might be lost or stolen. The easiest way to get reimbursement for lost or stolen luggage is to keep a list of everything you put in your bag as you pack it. The airline won’t reimburse you for personal valuables, so make sure to always pack those in your personal item or carry-on bag. If your luggage gets stolen outside the airport, you will need to file a report with the police, which you can then use to file a claim with your insurance company.

Lost or Stolen Passport

The loss of a personal identification document is perhaps the scariest thing that can happen on your holiday, as in extreme cases it could lead to identity theft. In the event your passport does get lost or stolen, you’ll need to file a report with the local police immediately, followed by the nearest UK embassy or consulate. There, you’ll fill out a Lost or Stolen (LS01) form. The IPS will cancel your passport; the embassy can then issue you replacement travel documents to help you get back to the UK.

Important Consideration

Make sure you have all required inoculations before you travel and consider purchasing special travel insurance for your trip. Travel insurance will help protect you and reimburse you for trip cancellation, lost/stolen baggage, accidents, and medical expenses you incur during your trip.