Common Travel Emergencies – How to Survive Them

Planning a trip is always fun. Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter how prepared we think we are things can happen on that trip that might cause plenty of inconveniences. Whether it’s a missed flight, a car that broke down, lost luggage or documents, these emergencies can be an even bigger problem if they happen in another state or continent. However, everything can be fixed, so there is no need to panic; instead, make sure you prepare for any possibility.

Need for medical assistance

Getting sick or injured is probably the worst thing that can happen to you on a trip because not only will you be in pain, but you also might become scared. In order to make this sort of an emergency a bit easier to handle, it’s important to sort out travel insurance before going on a trip. If you decide not to purchase a short-term policy, it might be a good idea to get contact details of your country’s Consulate at your destination. If an emergency does occur, you should contact a Consular officer and ask them where you should go and ask for help.

Missed/canceled flight

Your bags are packed, everyone and everything is ready, but you’re stuck in traffic and already know you’re going to miss your flight. Even worse, you’re already at the airport and suddenly see that your flight has been canceled. The good news is, if you know for sure you’re going to miss your flight, most airline companies will allow you to reschedule your flight for a fee and fare adjustment, so it’s best to call the airline and let them know that you won’t be able to make the flight and ask if you could reschedule. If the flight was canceled, most companies will pay for your meal vouchers as well as a hotel stay if it’s necessary.

Lost/stolen passport or money

It’s always important to have some sort of documentation with you; this is even more important if you’re away from home, especially in a foreign country. In case you lose your passport or it gets stolen, the first thing you need to do is contact your country’s closest Embassy or Consulate and you’ll probably need to go there in order to provide detailed information about yourself in order to prove your identity.
In case you’ve lost your money, the first thing you need to do is retrace your steps and possibly locate your belongings. If you’re unsuccessful, immediately contact you bank and deactivate your credit cards. If you’re stranded without any documents and money, immediately go to an Embassy or Consulate where you’ll get necessary advice and help.

Car accident

A car or motorbike accented can be a really traumatic experience, especially if it happens in a foreign country. The first thing you should do is call the police and fill out the police report. They will help you with exchanging insurance information in case anyone else was involved. If you’re renting a car, purchase the rental company’s accident protection insurance. In case you’re traveling by motorbike, make sure your motorbike is working properly before going on a trip, and make sure you’re equipped with quality off road riding gear in case you decide to do some exploring.

Lost/stolen luggage

In case your luggage got lost or stolen during your flight, you need to contact your airline immediately. The airline will most likely ask for your documentation and information about the place of your stay. Once your luggage is located, it will be delivered to you and some airlines even might reimburse you with enough money so you can buy the necessary items until your luggage arrives.

It’s important to remember that no matter what sort of emergency happens, you shouldn’t panic seeing as that will only make things look even scarier. Instead, calm down and think what your next step should be in order to fix the situation.

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