Travel delays and how not to go crazy!

If you are a frequent traveler, then travel delays are inevitable.  Winter travel can be especially treacherous given the amount of snow the northeast U.S. has had this winter alone.  Add to that travel conditions in other parts of the world and that spells  d-e-l-a-y.

It is a known fact that if you are someone who has the expectation that not all will go 100% as planned, then it can be somewhat less stressful and disappointing if something out of the ordinary occurs.  Knowing this fact alone, does not change the situation when you are faced with delays.  And unfortunately, one travel delay only adds to the outcome when it involves other airline carriers besides the primary carrier.

I recently experienced weather related delay on my last trip.  Keflavik (Iceland) airport had to close due to extreme weather conditions and consequently cancelled my primary flight home from Oslo through Keflavik.  I found out the night prior to travel.  I spent over four hours on the phone trying to reach Icelandair to change my travel plans to the following day.  After I completed the transaction I had to contact United Airlines which was my final connection home.  I must mention that both airlines were quite accommodating in getting us home the next day.  I was fortunate in that I had one more day built into my plans that allowed me to come home later than planned without any consequences such as missed work or school.

Not everyone is as fortunate as I was in getting this to happen the following day with few disruptions.  One thing I always do that I suggest others do is to purchase a travel protection plan.  No one likes insurance per say as it is a gamble.  I prefer to be safe rather than sorry.  For the nominal fee I paid, it was worth it.  I am able to make a claim that will pay for my extra night at the hotel, meals, and fare differential that I had to pay.  For me, travel protection plan is a peace of mind when traveling great distances.

In addition, I think it is essential when traveling far to pack extra medicine as well as extra underwear!  I had just enough meds to get me through the extra night.  However, on future trips I will plan to take a few days extra.  And well, it should go without saying that clean underwear is an essential!  Of course, you can wash out what you have already used, but I have a personal preference for clean, unused!

Another tip I think is important when dealing with delays, is to plan ahead.  What I mean by this is to consider on your next trip, what would happen should I be delayed for an extra day or two?  Would I need a back up plan for work?  Or for pet care, child care, etc?  It is something I definitely will implement for my next travels.

Do you have any tips you might want to share of what to do in planning for trip delays?  If so, please let me know!

Safe journeys,

Debbie

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