Despite all the inherent bliss of a well-planned vacation, things can and will go wrong. Cover yourself by avoiding these nine common travel mistakes. And if you miss a flight, be prepared: “If you book with a travel agent, call the agent immediately to rebook,” says Laura Davidson, president of LDPR, a travel-and-lifestyle public relations firm. One of the nice things about booking through a travel agent is that they’ll deal with the mess, so you don’t have to. If you booked on your own and you’re at the airport, look up the next flight and go to that gate so they can put you on standby. “That’s when it’s great to have the airline’s app already downloaded, so you can look at everything immediately,” says Davidson.
You or your child gets sick
Getting sick while traveling is never fun, but it pays to be prepared before you go. Make sure you know these proven natural remedies for motion sickness, for starters. Then consider more serious potential issues. “Many travelers don’t think about the value of worldwide medical advisory and medical evacuation services until they need them, says Devon Davis, MD, director of Medical Operations with Global Rescue, a travel risk and crisis management firm. Travel insurance covers the cost of medical evacuation transport, plus it has an extensive group of doctors and hospitals world-wide, so you’re not scrambling to find someone. The cost savings—and the network of medical help—can be huge. Just make sure to contact them immediately and keep all receipts.
If it’s something more minor like traveler’s diarrhea, go the hotel’s concierge. They often have on-site doctors that can come to your room for a fee.