5 common travel mishaps and how to avoid them

posted April 21, 2018 at 06:45 pm
by  Manila Standard Lifestyle
Traveling helps you appreciate different cultures and teaches you so many lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom. These lessons could be from discovering your destination and its people or from facing a travel obstacle that may come your way. 

Even seasoned travelers run into unforeseen setbacks. Here is a list of common travel fails and what to do in case you find yourself in one.

1. Missed flight or other modes of transportation

Missing your flight or other transfers can be very stressful and costly as it can change your itinerary. But don’t panic. Find out your options, such as travel alternatives to your destination. It helps being flexible, too. Adjust your schedule to give yourself ample time to prepare and immediately adapt to any changes your unforeseen circumstances may bring.

2. Lost luggage

Make your luggage easily identifiable by adding some personal touches, like a luggage cover protector or bag tags with your name, address, and contact number. If the airline loses your luggage, report it immediately. But if the airline is unable to recover your bag, your travel insurance can help. Thus it is vital to make it part of your travel checklist. Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An offers a wide range of benefits, including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, liability and personal safety coverage, and even refunds for unexpected expenses. Visit www.axa.com.ph/charterpingan/smart-traveller to apply. 

And should you unfortunately lose your luggage, it’s best to have the basic necessities and at least one set of clothes in your carry on so you can change and tidy yourself while waiting for your bag.

3. Excess baggage

Lugging heavy suitcases as you chase after a bus or train, or try to catch your flight makes travel more difficult, stressful, and even costly because it could mean paying extra for excess baggage. Pack light by choosing clothes that are suitable for any situation and occasion. Bring only the essentials. Transfer your toiletries to mini containers, and carry your jacket and wear your heaviest clothes and shoes on board instead of putting them in your bag.

4. Lost or missing travel documents

Travelers who are rushing may misplace things like passports or other important documents. When that happens, remember to keep calm and immediately ask for assistance from the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other necessary documents with you, and constantly check your valuables wherever you go.

5. Cash shortage

Cash is the easiest way to pay for things when traveling, but if you’re not careful, you can easily deplete your funds before the end of your trip. To make your cash last long, bring a refillable water container so you don‘t have to buy bottled water, or shop at local stores for affordable and authentic local cuisines. Create a daily budget for your trip and stick to it. Have a credit card for emergencies.

Topics: Traveling , tips , guide , setbacks , flights , luggage , baggage , documents , cash
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