5 Ways to Deal With Cancelled Travel Plans

Weather delays, government warnings, illness… there are a lot of factors when it comes to travel plans being cancelled. Here’s how to navigate your way through a cancelled trip.

It’s winter in much of North America and Europe, and we all know what that means… weather delays. Whether you’re dealing with the headache of a cancelled or delayed flight, icy road conditions for your road trip, or even government warnings about a particular destination, a cancelled trip can be a huge inconvenience. We round up five ways you can keep your sanity (and protect your money) when it comes to cancelled trips.

1. Always Get Insurance

Sure, it’s definitely paying into something that may happen, and sometimes it can feel like a waste of money. But trust us, you don’t want to see the dollar signs in a bad incident if you don’t have insurance. Insurance, depending on your coverage, can help you out with medical issues, cancellations, disruptions and more. Be sure you know the details of what your coverage entails, make sure it’s up-to-date and have the contact numbers on hand before you head out on any trip.

2. Keep Your Documents

It may seem like a simple idea, but keeping all your travel itineraries, contact information and more in one handy place will be a big life saver for you should something go awry. If you’re delayed, or cancelled for any reason, the frustration of looking for phone numbers, reservation numbers and contacts can put you over the edge, and why make a stressful situation any more stressful than it needs to be?

3. Proper Steps

If you do run into a medical emergency and need to cancel your trip or return home early, make sure you follow the proper steps lined out by your insurance company to ensure you get proper coverage. Most insurance companies require you to have a doctor’s evaluation and assessment. If you have a death in the family that requires you to either leave a trip early, make changes to a trip, or to book a last minute flight, most airlines will also require some sort of paperwork confirming the death. Make sure to also check in with your particular airline, as they do have varying rules when it comes to bereavement fares.

4. Stay Alert

One of the best ways to avoid headaches is to be aware of changes to travel plans as soon as they are available. An app like TripIt gathers all your itineraries and alerts you of any changes that may happen (i.e. when your flight is delayed, cancelled or you even have a gate change, you’ll get a notification). Airline apps are also key for staying up to date on any changes.

5. Stay Calm

While there is nothing more frustrating than having part of your vacation time cut into because of a mechanical issue, weather delay or something out of your control, your best option is to remain calm. Being aggressive or rude to a flight attendant, an insurance representative or anyone on the front lines is not the best way to get you on that next flight, compensation for a delay, etc. In a group of people who are angry and upset, someone who is calm, firm on knowing what your rights are as a passenger, but understanding will be a breath of fresh air for the person who can make changes and decisions for you.

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