What To Do When Things Go Wrong

What To Do When Things Go Wrong

It s been a week or so since returning from my trip to Hong Kong and Thailand and I must say it was an eventful trip! Whilst staying in Hong Kong Central, we were hit by typhoon Hato (rated the maximum signal of T10 by the Hong Kong Observatory) and my flight to Bangkok was cancelled! They eventually rescheduled it to the following evening but upon arriving in Bangkok I was dismayed to find my bag did not arrive with me. After a lengthy wait to find out what happened, I discovered it had been left in Hong Kong! If that wasn’t enough, a few days later I dropped my phone and no matter what I did it would not turn back on! So, a pretty disastrous few days! All of this has prompted to post about what you should do if it all goes wrong! So, here it is:

Stay Calm!

Easier said than done, I know! I am probably the worst for panicking and fail to stay calm at the best of times. However, whatever goes wrong on your travels it will always resolve itself eventually! Panicking just adds stress to an already difficult situation and can impair your judgement. So, take a deep breath and think logically what your next step will be.

Keep in Contact

In the case of a delayed flight, keep in contact with your airline. If they cancel your flight they WILL reschedule you eventually. So, even if you are unable to get through to them on the phone, keep checking your flight online or on your app. That said, it’s always a good idea to download your airline’s app, even if it is just for the duration of your holiday, as it was updated before any emails/texts were sent to me.

Have a Backup Plan

Always print your flight tickets and if you have tours/taxis or anything else booked print your tickets. Accidents happen and if, like me, you break your phone and you have all your ticket details and flight times on there you will lose everything! If you have a printed copy you will have a backup in case of emergencies. I was pretty good at this but the only one I forgot to print was the Heathrow Express ticket. Fortunately, there are computers with internet in Terminal 5 arrivals and I could get the reference number off my emails. This was sufficient enough to give the train conductor. Do not make my mistake and be left stranded or having to pay for another ticket! It is also a good idea to have a copy of your passport, just in case that goes missing!

Do not Book Flights Too Close Together

If you are planning a multi destination trip, allow time between flights. I was due to arrive in Bangkok Wednesday evening and fly to Koh Samui Friday morning. After my flight being delayed I did not actually arrive in Bangkok until late Thursday night. Pretty close! In hindsight, leave a couple of days at least before moving on to somewhere new…..just in case your travel plans are disrupted for more than 24 hours!

Keep Things Safe

Always separate your cash out. If you lose your purse/wallet, you will stay have money somewhere else. When carrying it around keep it close to you. You may even want to wear a money belt, despite it not being particularly fashionable, it will keep your cash safe! If you do lose your wallet/purse cancel all your cards immediately with the bank. Same applies if you lose your phone, the phone company can put a bar on your mobile to stop others using it.

Bring a First Aid Kit

To be honest, if I had to bandage or put an arm in a sling I would not have the first clue how to use my first aid kit. However, something I do bring abroad is every possible medication I might need. You might not be able to easily find a pharmacy in some more remote locations so it is a good idea to have some basic medical supplies with you. I am talking about ibuprofen, paracetamol, diarrhea and constipation remedies etc. Believe me, you will be very grateful later!

 Buy Travel Insurance

Finally, the most practical piece of advice is to make sure you have travel insurance in place before you leave to go anywhere. Lots of banks and building societies, like Nationwide offer travel insurance with their accounts but this is usually limited to European cover. If you are going further afield then you must take out your own policy. It is not usually that expensive but could be helpful in claiming back costs of delayed/cancelled flights or medical costs. If the worst came to worst and you had a fatal accident abroad your family will not have to fork out thousands of pounds as the insurance policy will cover you for repatriation. Check the small print carefully and ensure your policy covers what you want it to!

 

Hopefully you will never encounter problems whilst travelling! Have you had any disastrous trips? Let me know in the comments!

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