7 August 2017

Tips For Tricky Travel Situations

by Jane Moore

Tips For Tricky Travel Situations

Traveling is a great way to get out and see the world. Going to places you’ve only read about, spending time with family and friends (and sometimes brand-new friends), and just getting away from home for a bit can be incredibly rejuvenating.
But what happens when that much-needed trip starts to go wrong? Finding yourself in a tricky situation while traveling can turn that relaxing vacation into something filled with stress and regret. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate unpleasant situations that pop up. This involves knowing your rights when flying, taking care of your home while you’re away, and what to do with your family dog while traveling.
Tips For Tricky Travel Situations
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What If Your Flight Is Overbooked Or Delayed?

Reaching far-off destinations usually requires air travel, and that can be stressful. Getting to the airport and dealing with security lines are bad enough, but what happens if your flight gets delayed or your reservation is bumped? There’s a big difference between a flight that’s delayed and one that’s overbooked.
  • You can’t do much about a delayed or canceled flight if it’s due to weather or mechanical problems. Your best bet is to politely ask the airline staff for assistance.
  • As CNN explains, getting bumped despite having a ticket is another matter. Volunteering to catch a later flight can give you a travel voucher to use later, but getting bumped can give you cash — up to $1,350 depending on the flight and how much later you end up arriving at your destination.
When you finally reach your travel destination, you also have to worry about whether your luggage arrived. While lost luggage isn’t common, delayed or misrouted luggage is, so pack a few extras in your carry-on if you do opt to check your bag. In the event that your luggage is lost or delayed, federal law requires airlines to compensate travelers. That ranges from expenses incurred because the bags are late to reimbursement for anything lost, including the bag itself.

What If Your Home Gets Damaged Or Robbed?

Tips For Tricky Travel Situations
What happens when you’re far away from home and your house is robbed or damaged? Well, there’s a chance you’ll have to cut your travel short to deal with the fallout, which is why the best course of action is to take precautions prior to your trip.
A Secure Life explains that hiring a reputable house sitter can make all the difference. There’s nothing like having someone at home, not only to deter criminals from breaking in but to help if a pipe bursts or a tree falls on your house during a storm. Make sure you can trust this person, lock away your valuables, and leave behind very clear rules and requirements.
If you cannot get a house sitter, use this checklist to keep your home safe while you’re away.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked, especially garage and sliding glass doors.
  • Unplug the automatic garage door opener.
  • Use timers on televisions and lights.
  • Leave the AC on.
  • Get someone to pick up your mail (or stop it with the post office). And don’t forget to put a hold on your newspaper if you have home delivery.
  • Let your neighbors know you’ll be away and how to reach you.
You can find even more tips here.

What About Your Pet?

Tips For Tricky Travel Situations
You’ve taken care of your home, but what about the family dog? Unless you’ll be away on a long trip, you might want to consider keeping your pet at home. Pets often fare better when they stay at home rather than spending time in a kennel while you’re gone. Hiring a pet sitter is a great option, especially since they will be likely to walk the dog, play with it, and give your dog the necessary attention it needs while you’re away. If you must consider a kennel or boarding facility, be sure your dog is up to date on its vaccinations and make sure the facility is licensed and has good references.

Go Enjoy Your Trip

Traveling is meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. With some careful preplanning and knowledge about what to expect with airline travel, taking care of your home, and finding the right care for your dog, you can rest easy while you’re away.
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