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What to do in a Travel Disaster

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | Views [159]

You travel to escape for the stresses and strains of your daily life, but what happens when things go wrong? Delayed flights, airline errors, crime, and even illness, can all have a massive impact on your travel plans, and while it’s a little stressful to give too much thought to these things happening, it's wise to consider them. Obviously, the chances of anything disastrous happening are slim, but as with every element of travel, it's far better to be prepared than not. Knowing what to do in the case of a travel disaster is the best way to ensure that those disasters don’t ruin your break away from reality.

Flight Delays

There’s sometimes no avoiding flight delays, and they can seemingly appear at the worst of times. However, this doesn’t mean you have to sit in the airport and wait for the issue to sort itself out. Passengers are entitled to compensation when it comes to flight delays that have exceeded a certain number of hours. This can be free food and drink, as well as accommodation. What’s more, if you’ve experienced a lengthy delay in the last six years, you could still put in a claim. Unsure of how to do this yourself? Then contacting respected companies who specialize in this area can help you get the compensation that’ll allow you to have a better and more enjoyable vacation. Check with FairPlane to see if you're eligible for refunds if your delay was caused by late crew members, an overbooked flight or technical problems.


It doesn’t matter where you are, falling victim to criminals can and does happen. Again, this can be hard to avoid if someone is set on you as a target, but there are ways to reduce the risks of being mugged or robbed. Money belts can be a little frustrating at times but are well worth the hassle considering if you want to reduce the potential for large losses. There are a number of useful tips available that will help you to enjoy your travel experience with reduced chances of attracting the attention of criminals, so do some checking up, and remember that the basics should always be that you don’t overly display your valuables and you keep your cash in separate places.

Losing your passport

It might not rank up there with earthquakes and tsunamis, but losing your passport can feel very much worse than any natural disaster. Whether it’s from absent-mindedness or crime, a lost passport can be very annoying to deal with. The important thing to remember is not to carry your passport around with you, especially since most hotels provide safe storage for them. It’s a good idea to have photocopies of important documents like your passport and flight tickets kept safe as well, since they can be invaluable should the worst happen. If the worst does happen, you need to report the loss and then contact your embassy or consulate. You will then be guided through the process of either fast-tracking a passport application, or obtaining a temporary one that will at least get you home.

By giving a little thought to the possibilities of things going wrong, the more likely that you will be able to cope with even the worst travel disasters. That peace of mind can go a long way to ensuring that you minimize the risks and can enjoy the travel experience of a lifetime.


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