Unfortunately, many of us don’t properly plan for emergencies. Sometimes, ‘going with the flow’ isn’t always the best idea when it comes to vacationing. Some stresses while traveling could easily be avoided.
Think of it like an emergency plan: Something we failed to come up with until after our road trip. Here is a list of some of the things we wish we had thought about before leaving for our vacation and hopefully can save you a headache in the future!
1. Get travel insurance
2. Think about emergency options if your flight is cancelled or delayed.
If a storm is coming through and there is a slight potential that your flight is going to be cancelled, think about other options before the issue happens. It’ll avoid that last minute stress. Also, inquire about your airline giving you refund (if they didn’t give you the option to begin with) if you plan on cancelling your flight. That way, if you want to make alternate plans, you have some of that money in your pocket to do so. Sometimes, airlines will also give you vouchers for your troubles. For example, one of my flights kept getting delayed every hour. Once I contacted the airline, they gave me a $100 voucher to use on a future flight.
3. Book your trip and make your plans around YOURSELF.
Don’t rely on other people. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself first. We try to accommodate everyone to ensure that everyone is getting the best deal possible. However, no matter how close you are, people have a tendency to bail on you. If you aren’t careful, those people who bail on you could cause you a lot of unwanted stress in order to make last minute plans.
4. Don’t be afraid to rent a car!
Even though it was our last possible resort, we wound up being able to drive a fantastic car across the country for about $170. Considering we put 1,300 miles on our car, you can’t really complain about a price like that! Furthermore, gas cost us about $200 total. So, if you’re with a group of people, it really isn’t that much of an investment.
Are you under 25 and worried about getting that extra fee added on? There’s actually a way for that to be waived by registering for a USAA account. The registration process is free, and rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz will disregard the fee if you present a valid driver’s license and meet the age requirement.