Travelling has got to be one of the most exhilarating experiences there is. The possibility of seeing and learning new things is such a thrill. However, sometimes things do not always go as planned. The number of things that can go wrong ranging from your travelling plans to emergencies that happen while on the trip. These travel emergencies are the worst because when they do happen when you are in unfamiliar territory. While you always hope for the best while travelling, there are things one can not escape. So the best you can do is gather information prior to your trip so you can handle whatever may arise along the way. Here are a couple emergencies and how best to deal with them.
Missing a Flight
So you forgot to set your alarm or simply snoozed past it. Or you are stuck in crazy traffic you had not anticipated and you are there sitting in your cab worried out of your mind if you will make it in time. First things first, as a precaution, always ensure that you are at the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled take-off time for international flights. You can get there an hour earlier for domestic flights just to be safe.
However, at this point, you are way past the planning process and need a solution now. If there is a chance you will not make it on time, call your airline beforehand. Depending on what airline it is, they may be able to reschedule your flight for a slight fee. If you do not call the airline, you will lose all your fare and have to buy another ticket. Also, if your trip involves connecting flights, missing one flight means you will likely miss the second one. Ensure that you talk to the airline about your connecting flights so they can give you the best options. This way you do not have to lose all your money.
Lost or Stolen Passport/ID
When it comes to international travel, your passport is like your heart. You are like a fish out of water without it. Concerning domestic travel, your ID should be on you at all times. If you had lost your ID prior, most airlines accept waiting cards. If you lose these two documents while in transit, the first thing you do is report them missing. This ensures that if any criminal activity is linked to them after you lose it, you are not implicated.
The next course of action would be to visit your embassy and file for a new passport. You may have to wait until your new passport is released to you. Depending on the situation, the wait time ranges from hours to days. Additionally, carry photocopies of your ID or your passport. They may not be viable at the checkpoint but they help with your verification as you apply for a new passport.
Airlines may sometimes misplace your luggage. In the event that you can not find your luggage, file a claim with the airline. Sometimes it can be a case of delayed luggage meaning your luggage might be on the next flight and you can get it back in hours. If so, the airline makes proper arrangements to have your luggage sent to you. If there are any costs incurred due to the misplaced luggage, some airlines may reimburse you. So it is important to keep your receipts.
When it is a matter of lost luggage, you need to get a written claim for damages. Airlines often reimburse you for the cost of the items in the bag. You may need to produce receipts for the pricier items(see why you need to keep receipts safe). They may not refund the whole amount since they account for depreciation. However, at least you do not go home empty-handed. Some airlines are notorious for not settling claims, so hopefully, you will consciously choose one that will.
Now, this may be the worst kind of mishap. Your trip may be cut short due to a medical issue. If you are in your home country, medical insurance can cover the expenses. However, it is a little tricky if you are abroad. Ensure that you have the emergency contact for the country you are visiting. If the condition is not severe, local doctors may be dispatched to give you first aid and attend to you. If the condition is serious, you need to contact your embassy and inform them of the situation. Health: Things to consider before you travel
Additionally, before your trip ensure that you get a medical checkup. Also, do your research on the different kinds of travelling insurance available to you. Some travel insurance covers for medical evacuation if necessary.
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