Air Travel Tips – Problems You Can Come Across When Traveling and How to Solve Them?

We all love traveling, but do you know how to deal with a situation when something goes wrong? Usually, when we plan our trips, we do not deliberate on what may destroy our plans. Unfortunately, fate plays tricks on us, and unforeseen accidents happen. In this article, we are going to talk about the most common causes that can spoil your trip and give you some tips on how you can go over these difficulties.

Air Travel Tips - Problems You Can Come Across When Traveling and How to Solve Them?

Air Travel Tips – Problems You Can Come Across When Traveling and How to Solve Them?

Flight delay or cancellation

Traveling by plane, whether on holiday or for a business trip has become amazingly popular. There is no surprise since plans are the safest means of transport. Although you should not be afraid that you will be in danger, delayed and canceled flights can frustrate you.

The main reasons why your flight can be delayed are the weather, traffic during the holiday season, or quite rarely problems with organization. It may not be an issue if your flight delays one or two hours. The problem arises when it drags on the longer time and mess your plans. Every traveler can come across such a situation, so you’d better get to know your right and how can you use TravelRefund to deal with such a problem.

What is the solution for a delayed or canceled flight?

First of all, every airline must take care of passengers; provide drinks and meals, and in the case of longer delays, accommodation and transfers between the airport and the hotel. Remember that if the delay of your plane is more than 5 hours, you can cancel the trip and demand a refund for the ticket. The carrier should also suggest another alternative route to reach the destination.

Of course, you can also get financial compensation up to 600 euros for the delay. It all depends on the length of your trip. Typically, applying for compensation involves many formalities and exchanges of correspondence with airlines. If it overwhelms you, there is an option for someone to do it for you. For example, TravelRefund, a platform that helps passengers understand their rights related to EU flight delay compensation and cancellation.

What if you lost or damaged your luggage?

This is one of those situations that nobody would like to be found, but unfortunately, it happens quite often. There is no ideal way to protect yourself against it because the fault is not on our side but on the airline’s side. The only sensible idea is to pack some basic things to your hand luggage, just in case. It will prevent you from staying with nothing if your luggage is lost on the way.

What to do when airlines lose your luggage?

First of all, you should report its disappearance or destruction (if you’re in such situation) to the Lost Baggage Office. What do you need to have with you? Identity card, boarding pass, and baggage receipt note. You will receive a special Protocol of Irregularities at the point – it’s an essential document; without it, you cannot apply for EU flight delay compensation from airlines.

If your luggage is lost and you do not have anything at hand, you can buy necessities usually up to 100 euros, but remember to collect bills. Only after showing them will you get a refund from the carrier. Most airlines have particular complaint forms on their websites where you can complete and add all the needed documents remotely.

What if you are robbed?

Large clusters of people are an ideal place for pickpockets, so when you’re going on some trips in overcrowded areas, do not take precious things with you. If you have the option, rent a place where you can get a safe for documents, camera, and telephones.

Safes are different. When you get one with a code, never set something basic; your birthday date. In case of the safe with keys, always take them with you. Do not hide them in drawers or the closet in the room – you never know who is watching you!

A good way is to count the money left in the safe every day and write on a page the amount you have – if something goes wrong, you will know it right away. If you do not feel entirely safe, it’s best to divide the cash and hide it in different places. A frequent trick is to sew the banknotes in a backpack or belt to make it difficult for the thief to find the money.

If, however, you get robbed, report it to the police immediately. We also recommend that you take a photocopy of your ID card or passport before you leave and have them with you just in case it happens. Although they do not replace official documents, they can help in completing certain formalities. If you’re going abroad, also remember your credit cards.  Keep them always in safe places, and try not to spend too much amount of money at once.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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