Everyone can be faced with vacation problems, especially a frequent traveler. We anticipate this moment for so long and then something completely unexpected gets in the way. This can be very frustrating and can potentially ruin an entire vacation if you don’t know how to handle the problem. Whether an illness prevents you from traveling, your rental car broke down, you missed your flight or lost your passport, it is no wonder that you feel stressed out. Weather can ruin an entire vacation for you after you spent days buying your swimwear. The hotel might lose your reservation and you have to spend the whole day looking for new accommodation… the scenarios are basically endless. Here’s a little secret: there is a very short list of things you can do for risk management. Prepare yourself ahead of time for most of the scenarios that come to mind and avoid a bad vacation. Try these four tips.
1. Think About the Risks
Consider every factor, such as where you are traveling to, the period you are traveling in, the reviews for the accommodation, the expenses, etc. Take a notebook and start writing things down. The internet will certainly help you. Answer the following questions:
- Where are you traveling to? What’s that place like at that time of year? Are there any changes in weather conditions you should be expecting?
- Is your reservation secure? Do you need to make a confirmation? Do you have a backup plan or an accommodation you have chosen in case this one fails you?
- How are you planning to carry your vacation funds? Do you plan to take cash with you? If you do, do you still have money on your cards in case the cash gets stolen? What if the card gets stolen?
- What if you need help? Do you know the location of the closest embassy and police station in your vacation place in case your passport or belongings get stolen?
- Did you read the reviews? What are other travelers saying about the place, accommodation, foods, additional expenses, and unexpected problems? Do you have a solution in mind if something similar happens to you?
Going to a trip prepared is always a great idea and will help you prevent a bad vacation. Plus, it will only take a small amount of your time. Then you can proceed to take the appropriate precautions.
2. Get Travel Insurance
Surely, travel insurance does not protect the user from every issue on a vacation, but it does have a grand variety of safety features to offer. At least you will have the peace of mind that your luggage is insured, you are covered in terms of health issues, and in case the travel plans change and your flight gets delayed. Check all available policies and choose the one you find to be most fitting for your needs.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
If something unexpected happens on your vacation at someone else’s fault, don’t be afraid to speak up. Tell the front desk clerk that you are unhappy with the room they gave you. File a claim with the airline if your luggage got damaged in the flight. Talk to the restaurant manager if the food caused you troubles (you can even send the dish back if it is poorly prepared). If a bad vacation is due to lack of service, say something.
Of course, you shouldn’t complain about things that were very likely to happen. For example, you cannot really speak up about your room preferences if the hotel gave you the exact same room that you booked, even if you don’t like it. You cannot really expect a five-star meal if you booked in the cheapest hotel in the area, or ask for a refund when you don’t have travel insurance. This is where that list of risks before you go on a vacation comes very handy.
4. Stay Calm and Positive
It is much easier said than done, but remember that your vacation is not done just yet. Don’t let a single disaster mark your entire vacation. There might just be a few things you can do to make it better. Stay calm. Stay positive, and you can turn a bad vacation into a good one.