Common Travel Problems

Lost or Damaged Luggage

Solution: Before packing for your trip, check the condition of your luggage. If you have to purchase new bags, choose luggage that is lightweight and roomy, yet durable enough to withstand rough treatment. Choose material that will not sag or rip as it moves along the conveyor belt. Also be sure that each piece of your luggage has a lock, but check with the airline as to whether you should use it. New regulations permit the search of all checked and carry-on luggage, and your locks may be cut off.

Delayed or Canceled Flight

Solution: While there’s nothing you can do to keep your flight from being delayed or canceled, you can minimize the difficulties that result from this change of plans.

Overbooked Flight

Solution: Check in at least one hour prior to departure, or two hours prior, depending on security issues or if you’re traveling during the holidays. Airlines routinely overbook planes, assuming that not everyone with a ticket will show up. When everyone does, the airline asks for volunteers to give up their seats. If there are not enough volunteers, the airline chooses, usually bumping passengers who checked in late and those flying on discounted tickets first. So get to the gate, and check in as early as possible.

Overbooked Hotel

Solution: Just as airlines do, some hotels will overbook. Be sure to guarantee your reservation with a credit card — it’s the best way to ensure you’ll have a room. Call the hotel several days before your scheduled arrival to confirm your reservation, and always alert the hotel if you will be arriving later than you first expected. If all the rooms are full when you arrive, your hotel should assist in setting up accommodations for you elsewhere at no extra cost.

Lost or Stolen Money

Solution: Bring enough money in traveler’s checks to cover your day-to-day expenses and record the serial numbers, denominations, and date and location of the issuing agency. Lost or stolen checks can usually be replaced within 24 hours

Car Rental Cancellation

Solution: If your flight is delayed or canceled, you will probably not make it to your rental car office at your scheduled pick-up time. If you don’t arrive within a few hours, they may assume that you’re not coming, and give your reserved car to someone else. Go for uber ola .

Getting Sick

Solution: There are many reasons why someone can get sick on their trip. For some, it may just be motion sickness or a common virus. If you have a history of motion sickness, try to sit in the front seat of the car and avoid reading, which can exacerbate feelings of dizziness and nausea. When flying, try to sit near the wing of the plane. Ear plugs and over-the-counter medication may also reduce symptoms. Be prepared for a cold or the flu by bringing aspirin, decongestant, and a nondrowsy reliever.

Language Barriers

Solution: Visit your local bookstore to get a compact book of language translation, and keep it with you at all times. Before you depart, learn the essential words of the language, such as “please” and “thank you.” Also learn the words for common foods so you’ll know what you’re ordering. Other helpful terms to learn include “Where is the bathroom?” and “How much does this cost?” Remember, however, that English is spoken by many people throughout the world, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone to translate.

Passport or Customs Complications

Solution: If you’re unsure whether a passport is required to reach your destination, find out through your airline or the U.S. Department of State. If a passport is necessary, make sure that you have a valid and current passport several months before your scheduled departure. If you get caught short, the State Department will issue one on the spot, but you need an original birth certificate and your airline tickets to prove your need for expedited service. You can get your passport expedited, but this is a costly and there is no guarantee you’ll get it in time.

Bad Weather

Solution: While you don’t have control of the weather, you can plan your trip around it. Before scheduling your trip, find out about the expected weather conditions at your destination. Be aware that weather may cancel a flight or alter the locations where your cruise will dock. As much as you can, schedule trips to avoid bad weather seasons.

Your luggage is too heavy on the way back

Solution: Don’t immediately argue/panic if your bag is too heavy. Take out some of the heavier items and put them in another bag. It may seem a hassle but it may save you the fee. Also be prepared to wear any of the heavier coats you have or swap your shoes for the heaviest pair in your suitcase (every little counts). Rather than complaining, be friendly and politely plead your case (usually it’s down to an airline’s discretion if you’re only around 10% over).

You have sunburn

Solution: Cool the skin as soon as possible with a cold compress and drink lots of water. A rehydration sachet dissolved in water will stop dehydration. Take some anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and either apply aftersun, calamine lotion or aloe vera to relieve the discomfort.


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