9 Tips for Surviving Travel Emergencies ...

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Many travellers don't consider helpful tips for surviving travel emergencies until they're in trouble.

How organized are you when it comes to vacations?

Whether you book months in advance or like to take advantage of late-deal offers, most people are organized enough to make sure nothing goes wrong between leaving home and getting to your destination.

But what about any travel emergencies after that?

Whether it’s a weather disaster or a political nightmare, here’s the only tips on surviving travel problems that you’ll ever need.

1. Travel Insurance

So this one sounds obvious, but a recent survey showed that over 60% of travellers had no insurance – and rates are high even among travellers doing dangerous sports such as skiing.

Good insurance will cover a variety of situations and travel emergencies, including missing or cancelled flights, accommodation issues, lost luggage and getting you home.

It’ll also provide medical coverage if you need treatment abroad, costs of getting you home if your plans have to change and some even cover the costs of the people you are travelling with too.2

You can get great rates by searching around, and almost everyone can get insurance, even if you’ve got pre-existing conditions.

Don’t leave home without it!

2. Keep Back-Ups

How many times do you check whether you’ve got your passports, ID and travel documents before you leave?

Plenty, I bet.

Being abroad without these can quickly turn a relaxing break into a complete nightmare!

Avoid issues by keeping a back-up of those important documents online.

Scan your passport, insurance information, tickets and credit card details and keep them in secure locations such as DropBox.

A document with emergency contact numbers is a great addition, too.

These are essential tips for surviving travel emergencies when you're far from home.

3. Take Advice – Well

There is nothing worse than being on holiday and getting instructions that mess up your plans – but holiday destinations won’t offer guidance if they don’t need you to follow it.

If you are told to stay inside, find something to entertain yourself with and don’t be tempted to sneak out.

We were abroad in a massive storm once, and the man next door insisted on jumping out of a ground floor window to get some "breaking news" snaps of the storm and broken road.

He fell and broke his leg – spending the rest of his holiday in hospital.

It could have been much worse, too.

Follow the advice of the hotel, your government and your travel agent, and sort out any issues afterwards.2

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