For most of us, travel plans are one of the most exciting things we have in our lives. We look forward to them, we plan them way in advance, and we can’t wait for them to be here. Sometimes though, things go wrong. Things happen that mean we are unable to travel, and our plans are sadly no more. What happens when our plans change and we can no longer travel? Mostly, our bookings go to waste, and our money is lost. Our hopes and dreams are shattered and we are left feeling pretty devastated. Our travel plans can change for a whole host of different reasons, and here are just a few of them…
1. Break Up
The heartbreak hotel is never fun, especially when you booked a trip together months ago but hadn’t foreseen the unexpected break up that was to follow. The awkwardness of ‘who’s going to go?’ tends to linger in the air for a while, until you decide whether one of you, or neither of you, decided to hop on a plane or not!
2. Lost Passport
A massive inconvenience and a right royal pain in the backside! A lost passport will prevent you from leaving the country and can often take FOREVER to locate/replace, meaning you can wave goodbye to that last-minute city break you had planned…Sob!
3. Not The Right Visa..
Not enough research, or too little information. Both can contribute to visa issues when travelling abroad. Not having the right one will result in you being denied access to your chosen destination, just make sure you realise this before attempting to enter your chosen country to avoid dealing with airport security at the other end of your flight!
4. Too Much Hassle to Travel
Probably one for the older generation who think that airports, transfers and hotels are too much of a faff and they’d rather spend their summer at home instead. Lots of us think that it’s too much hassle to fly, especially when long airport delays can make even the most relaxed person in the world start to feel twitchy. Airports are busy, exhausting and sometimes overwhelming, so we can see why some people might prefer to stay in their own country for their holiday.
Probably one of the most annoying things to happen before your holidays… GETTING ILL! Why did you have to get food poisoning the night before your flight? Or why did you have to get struck by a virus whilst en-route to the airport?! Sometimes these things just happen, and are out of our control, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying!
6. Can’t Take Time Off Work
The monthly fight with work colleagues to get annual leave and secure your dates before everyone else does. Sometimes you’re lucky and it gets approved, other times, not so much. Story of our lives!
7. Worldwide events
Global events and occurrences can really impact upon our holidays. A recent earthquake might have got us scared and put us off wanting to visit, or a terror attack would undoubtedly leave us with nerves about heading in that direction. Keep up to date with global current affairs in the lead up to your trip to stay as up to date as you possibly can.
Probably the worst reason why you can no longer go on holiday; bereavement is something that will affect us all at some point in our lives. No one will want to be happy and celebrate going on holiday if there has been a death in the family, or your social circle, and no amount of sunshine will be able to take away that pain or make you want to leave your anyone’s side.
9. School holidays
A bit of a nightmare for the parents out there, and even those of us without kids who still need to avoid summer holidays and travel during term time to keep the costs down! With fines being introduced in the UK for parents who take their kids on holiday during school weeks, this is one of the biggest reasons why travel plans fall flat.
10. Insurance issues
A tricky one, especially if you have a medical condition, but insurance is absolutely vital to have when travelling. It’s often overlooked, and forgotten about right until the last minute, but as a general rule of thumb, no insurance = no travel!
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