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Over-Optimism When Travelling

Gio, 07/06/2017
Delayed at the airport

Travel is one of the most valuable things you can spend your money on.

Yet, when the our social media feeds bombard us with pictures of our friends’ trips, instagram travel bloggers’ latest haunts and famous travel quotes rendered onto pictures of luscious landscapes and glorious beaches, it can be easy to get caught up in the disillusion that things always go right when navigating the open road…

But when Hans Christian Andersen wrote “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live” he neglected to mention that, although travelling is living, life does not always go to plan.

Or take Tolkien, for example, who wrote “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost” in a poem for The Lord of the Rings. This quote is a popular one among the online travel community, but how often do those who share this famous Tolkien line admit that sometimes those who wander do get lost?

Travel quotes can inspire and motivate us, but it’s also high time the online world was more honest about the fact that travel also sometimes goes wrong, and that’s precisely the reason why it’s so good, because it challenges you to solve problems and be enterprising in an unfamiliar place.

Travelling is fun an exciting, but maybe we should stop being so over-optimistic so that we can properly prepare ourselves for what can (and probably will) go wrong. At the airport a number of things are out of your control and therefore we should stop making the mistake of assuming everything will be fine.

1. Expect crowds
Every time you go to the airport you should factor in the time it may take you to queue for check in, security, at duty free and even for the toilet in case there are lots of people passing through the airport at the same time as you.

2. Expect to be stopped at security
So put your liquids at the top of your bag, make sure you’re not wearing any metal and optimise your bag so that you can easily take out your laptop and other electronics.

3. Go to the toilet before you board
One of our team at Get Paid When Delayed witnessed a fellow passenger urinate into a bottle on her flight to the UK last week, the passenger in question had not relieved himself before boarding and was forced to wait until the plane had reached cruising height before the seatbelt signs turned off (sometimes this can take about 45 or an hour from the time you’ve boarded to the time you reach 30,000 feet). Don’t get caught short, empty your bladder first.

4. Don’t accept flight vouchers so easily if your flight is overbooked.
You are actually entitled to more.

5. Know what to do if your flight is delayed, cancelled or if you’re denied boarding.
You could be entitled to up to €600 in compensation, so don’t waste any time and start your claim with your airline.

6. Or if you luggage is lost, delayed or damaged in transit.
The airline should replace items or help you until your luggage has been successfully returned. For more information on your rights for delayed, lost or damaged luggage, click here.