What happens if I ask you to think about the word “travel”? If I designate a random person to play my thinking game, then nine chances out of the ten people would begin to tell me their greatest experiences. The local population at their destination, the southern atmosphere that hangs when they are drawn to the South and, for example, the experiences they gain in the local café. Fantastic stories are guaranteed discussed. This is of course the most important thing: to have fun while traveling. But what do you do when bad things happen? Do you immediately lower your head or do you continue until you can tell that one nice story to your friends at home?
Bad weather, bad mood?
It’s of course very unfortunate when the weather isn’t on your side. That’s how I went to the Azores a month ago and ended up in a huge low cloud layer the first day of an excursion. On top of that we came to one of the highest mountain peaks in São Miguel and therefore had a chance that we could not see anything. My mood tends to be immediately disappointed when the weather is not right. But fortunately the weather changed quickly (that’s what you have with islands) and we enjoyed a beautiful view over Sete Cidades after all.
Always look for the best times to visit a destination. You can’t predict exactly where and when rain will fall, but it can at least help you a little bit further. When you visit a place that is known for changeable weather such as Edinburgh, Brussels, Dublin and so on, you are better prepared. Take the right type of clothing, umbrella or sunglasses and do not let yourself be discouraged: you can’t do anything about the weather.
This is a major one; stolen wallet containing the credit cards, passport, money, driving license, etc. Everything is gone. Not only is this a huge stress giver, it can also ensure that you have to stay in the destination country, since you can not get on the plane without proof of identity. I haven’t experienced this one before (thank god!), but I know several people that lost their important documents by a pickpocket.
Do not forget to make copies of the most important documents before you travel. Just think of copies of your passport, airline tickets that you have printed out at home (not your boarding pass), hotel information, etc. Keep this in a different location than your wallet, if you have these copies shown, you can still, for example, fly home.
The flight has been canceled
When the flight is canceled, it’s like as if a giant is stepping on your little toe. Not only do you want to arrive at the final destination / or back home, it is all paid and the airlines are not always informative when you can or can not leave. Hence the bad mood can take the upper hand. And if someone tells you to relax, then it seems like you are the big giant because a canceled flight is just not fun.
If your flight is canceled, you can go to the information desk of your airline or call and try to find an agreement to exchange your plane ticket. You may not be able to leave now, but chances are you will get the ticket refunded (as it is force majeure) or even get a ticket for the next flight.
This has definitely happened to me several times. Do not get me wrong, I am always very vigilant at the airport. I listen carefully to all announcements and if necessary I go to the board every 5 minutes with the gates. But for one reason or another, it seems that the changes have escaped me. Fortunately, I have not missed a flight yet, but standing at a wrong gate is not really recommended.
Take a good look at your ticket, but don’t focus too hard on it. This can still change at the last moment. The most recent and reliable source are the electronic signs that you literally see everywhere at an airport.
Jet lag – something you wish it didn’t exist
And then your flight went miraculously great, but you arrive at the final destination with an extremely stubborn fatigue. This can be seriously disappointing and sometimes jeopardize the planned activities. Don’t let the jet lag win and try to come up with fun ideas to counter this jet lag.
People are inclined to immediately grab some caffeine when they have landed. But don’t try to drink these drinks every hour. Try to sleep in small moments of rest instead of long periods of time. This way you avoid an even harder jet lag. Note that you do not take a rest moment after 5 pm.
When the weather is beautiful, the documents have not been stolen, the flight has not been canceled and you don’t have a jetlag -yet, everything seems to be okay, right? But then you realize that your luggage has taken a different route. To get him back you have to go through a long line of administration, have patience and especially have a plan B. In some extreme cases it even seems as if your suitcases never existed.
But – thank God – there is a solution for this. There is an Online Baggage Tracking at most airlines. Then you can simply follow your luggage. Updating the label from time to time does not hurt either. Or you can even decide to fly without extra baggage (then you don’t have this problem whatsoever).
Have you ever had problems while you were traveling?