October 24, 2017

Holidays From Hell And How To Avoid Them

You’ve booked a holiday & you’re excited. The last thing you want is to get to your vacation destination and find that, almost immediately, things start to go wrong. If you’re not careful, that’s exactly what can happen.

  • Where’s your luggage? Vanished. 
  • Can you plug your electrical devices in? No, you can’t.
  • Is the room as it was advertised online? Certainly not! 

These are just some of the issues that you will have to deal with to avoid your wonderful vacation becoming a holiday from hell. Luckily, we’ve got a few tricks that are sure to help here.





Dealing With Lost Luggage
Apparently, 6 bags per 1,000 are lost each year according to www.foxnews.com which doesn’t sound so bad, unless you’re one of the six. It’s also worth pointing out that the lost bags are often never found so it's worth taking a few extra precautions. First, you might be traveling with someone. If so, make sure you’re packing each bag half and a half. Half your clothes should be in one case and and half in the other. Or, if you’re travelling alone, put a few vital pieces of clothing in your carry on. This will make things far less stressful if you do arrive and find while you’re in Hawaii, your suitcase is actually in Glasgow.

Another option is to make sure you book a direct flight. A direct flight makes it far less likely that your luggage gets lost. If it does, it will typically just be in the airport you left from and will arrive on the next flight. The other important info is to make sure you know your rights. If they do lose your luggage, make sure you know whether the airline is responsible for compensation.





Nothing Works!
You may find, once you've gotten to your hotel room, that none of the plugs works, that you have accidentally bought the wrong adapter, or that you forgot to buy an adapter completely. This won’t be the end of the world if you’re staying in the middle of a city, but if you’re staying in a secluded resort, you might not want to drive to the nearest travel shop after a long flight. Instead, you should make sure you packing both electric and manual options for essentials like your razor. Sites like www.manlymatters.net have tips on the best electric and manual razors to buy. As for tech like phones, make sure you pack a fully charged plug-in battery.




Nothing Like The Pictures
Again, this might be rare, but if you book through a private travel company, it can happen. What do you do when you get there if you can only see three massive tower blocks instead of the promised beach view? What would you say if, instead of an Olympic pool, there’s just a plastic puddle? Obviously you'd want to make the most of your holiday but make sure to contact representatives of the companies that did not fulfill their obligations when you get back. Even private individuals are beholden to someone, and you can always hold them accountable for misrepresentation. If the accommodation is an absolute nightmare, don’t stay at all. Leave, choose another place at last minute and get your money back when you get home. You worked hard for a holiday so make sure you enjoy it.

We hope this helps you handle some of the issues of a holiday nightmare and ensure that your dream vacation doesn’t become a disaster.

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