4 annoying travel hassles people face
We’ve put together a list of four annoying travel hassles people face and easy fixes to keep yourself going. So, let’s explore this a bit, shall we?
Problem #1: Traffic Delays
Solution: You may never know what could make you reach late to the airport. A road accident or a fire could be a potential reason for traffic delay.
Before you set off to the airport, use your smartphone to find traffic density and alternative travel routes.
Leave early. If you are stuck in traffic immediately call the airlines. If you don’t call and miss your flight because of traffic delay, your ticket loses its value. If you make that call – they won’t hold the plane for you, but the least they can do is hold your seat for a while instead of selling it to an ad hoc passenger.
Problem #2: Delayed/Missed/Cancelled Flights
Solution: Imagine stranded in an airport because of a missed flight, delayed flight or cancelled flight.
To avoid the situation, keep in touch with the airline before and also on the day of flying. Be sure to check the status of the flight before you head out to the airport. Buy a non-stop flight ticket to reduce the risk of cancellation – no connecting flights means fewer chances of delay and fewer chances of cancellation.
If you have missed the flight, make an apologetic and super polite request to the airline to waive off the payment on your next fight. A lot of airline staff have the power to waive off the charge.
Problem #3: You Become Ill
Solution: Getting ill is one of the worst problems faced while travelling. To avoid illness, you have to stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet. Don’t forget to pack a first-aid kit equipped with medications that can treat your illness. Carry anti-bacterial hand-wash, anti-diarrhea tablets, rehydration salts and painkillers.
If it’s something major, check yourself into a hospital. In such medical emergencies (or any emergencies for that matter) it is always a good idea to get a travel loan. A personal loan for travel can help you cover the medical expenses and emergencies while on the go without disturbing your travel budget or savings. Having travel insurance also helps. A smart way to travel is preparing a pre-vacation financial checklist before travel.
Problem #4: Losing Important Documents
Solution: When most people lose important documents, they just panic. The best way to save yourself from transitioning into a full-blown panic attack is to make digital copies of your documents before you set off to travel.
If you lose your documents, you have to go through certain hurdles, especially if you are abroad, but having scanned copies with you can give a good head start.
If you lose your credit card, first report it to the local authorities. If your passport is missing, contact the embassy. The earlier you report, the better are your chances of getting a replacement passport in 24 hrs.
Although travelling presents unique travel hassles, you can tackle them smartly if you are ready with a backup plan.
Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life's mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at [email protected]