It doesn’t matter whether you are taking a last minute road trip or your first overseas cruise, you need to be prepared for when your plans may not quite go the way you envisioned. Travel really is one of life's greatest pleasure, but there are instances where the unexpected will pop up. A “no worry” attitude is a good start, because when you are mentally prepared any and all issues really are just tiny bumps on the road. And most of what you fear will never ever in a million years happen. So stop worrying and get excited to enjoy your travels.
Situation 1 – Missed Flight
This one has likely happened to just about everyone at one time or another. Perhaps your car broke down on the way to the airport, the power went out, or maybe you had a family emergency that delayed you. Don’t fret because you can still make it to your pleasure destination. First thing you should do is contact your airline and re-book your flight. It’s standard procedure to charge you a fee for rebooking. Do not wait for a few hours or days. It’s important to let your airline know ASAP that you didn’t make the flight. And if you are really quick they may even be able to get you on the next flight.
Situation 2 – Challenge to Make Tough Connecting Flight
Of course when you initially booked your trip you believed you had oodles of time to make your connecting flight. Unfortunately, that may not be the case if there’s a delayed or canceled flight. Or perhaps you just got your timing wrong. I think just about every traveler has fumbled on this one. When you are booking a flight, it’s important that you think with an open mind and give yourself extra time. Don’t cut it too close or you’re going to be the one running through the airport with sweat dripping down your face trying to get to your gate before the doors are locked up tight. Try and book your flight so you get a seat close to the front of the plane. This means you’re going to get off the flight more quickly than the passengers at the rear. Don’t throw in the towel. You just never know with flights whether they have actually taken off and closed the gate or not. Until you’re at the gate and security won’t let you pass, don’t give up hope.