Vacations are meant to be enjoyed and full of good memories, but in reality things can happen and put a real downer on a vacation. Some common mishaps include losing your passport and or luggage, missing a flight, and maybe the worse getting sick or ill while away from home. The key is to be prepared for the worst and have a strategy in place if things do go wrong. Phone numbers in advance to embassies, police stations, airlines, and local hospitals can help greatly. Put as much planning into disaster preparedness as you do into vacation fun.
- Contact the police and then your local embassy. You’ll have to show up in person at the embassy to apply for an emergency passport to get you back home.
- Has your plane taken off without you? Immediately go to your airline’s desk. It is possible that your airline can get you on the next flight.
- Make sure you have your baggage claim ticket. I learned this the hard way on a recent trip. After arriving in Dublin, I was dismayed to discover that not only had the airline lost my luggage — my traveling companion had also lost our baggage claim tickets!
“We strongly recommend making a copy of your passport and storing it in a different place from the actual document (you can even keep a PDF of it on your phone). Trust us — you’ll thank your clever self for putting this together if your passport goes missing and you have to deal with the headaches of replacing it.”