Episode 2: Travel isn’t perfect and why that’s ok
In episode 2 of the Travel Goals Podcast, I talk about why travel isn’t perfect and why that’s ok.
Bad things can happen to us when we travel; that doesn’t mean we have to let them ruin our experiences.
Why there’s no such thing as a perfect trip
I’m here to tell you that if one of your travel goals is to have a perfect trip, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment.
When we travel, we are bracing the unknown and the unfamiliar. We are casting aside our everyday routines and putting ourselves on the path of adventure and this isn’t without its risks.
This can be scary, exhilarating and even stressful at times, especially if you are normally a very structured and routine kind of person.
When we embrace the unknown, we open up the possibility for incredible experiences and bad experiences, the good news is that these experiences will always be memorable, no matter what happens.
Common travel problems
I’ll start with a scary one, getting sick abroad. This is often a huge fear for people looking to travel, what if I get sick abroad? Will it ruin the trip? What do I do if I get ill?
The most important thing you can possibly do is to get travel insurance for your trip. You might even be asking yourself Is travel insurance worth it?
The resounding answer to this is yes. You should definitely make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance for any trip outside of your home country.
Why you need travel insurance
Whilst flight delays and lost bags can be a pain when travelling, it’s nothing compared to the nightmare scenario of running up huge medical bills because you didn’t get travel insurance for your trip.
When you have travel insurance with emergency medical benefits, it can pay for losses due to covered medical emergencies that occur during your holiday.
If you still need convincing, check out my Travel Insurance Page, to find out why travel insurance is a must for your travels.
Getting sick abroad
Depending on your destination, book an appointment with your doctor to see if you need any shots for the locations you are visiting?
Some destinations might have possible health risks and your doctor will be able to tell you if you need certain vaccinations (such as influenza, hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever).
Another dreaded travel fail is missing flights, buses and trains. Missed transport can really derail [see what I did there] your travel plans and can leave you feeling incredibly angry and frustrated.
So what can you do about this? In terms of flights, airlines can have pretty strict policies on missed flights.
I have been the last to board on a few flights and I was touching cloth as I boarded let me tell you.
There are however a few possible ways to fix the problem and get to your destination. If you act quickly, know your rights and stay polite you might just be able to remedy the situation.
What to do if you miss a flight
If you think you’re going to miss a flight, call the airline straight away. The sooner they have this information, the more options you have.
Most airlines will charge you for a new ticket if you miss a flight, as my friend Penelope, from the Flyaway girl website, found out when she missed her flight from Dubrovnik.
If you call the airline before the plane departs though you might be able to get rebooked on the next flight and if you are super lucky there might be no additional charge.
The most critical thing is to be polite when calling the airline. Agents are far more likely to help you if you are a pleasant human being.
It’s hard to stay calm when you are in a flap but trust me, a little niceness goes a long way.
Remember, agents probably have people shouting at them all day, why not be the one nice person on the phone?
Managing your travel expectations
I think an important travel goal is to manage your expectations. If you are imagining the perfect vacation with the most perfect experiences, you might end up disappointed.
Especially if the destination doesn’t match up to your high standards.
Think about why you are travelling and why you wanted this trip? Was it to get away from work, to relax? To spend time with a loved one? To be brave enough to solo travel?
If the food isn’t quite right but you find yourself laughing at the terrible karaoke in the hotel bar with your partner, this is still an experience.
It’s still spending time with someone you love, so at least part of your travel goal has been achieved.
Have you ever had any travel disasters? Tweet me your travel goals and questions, you can find me @travelgoalspod on Twitter.
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