When you spend so much time and money to plan a vacation, you want everything to go just right while you’re away from home. The truth is, life still happens when you’re on vacation, which means things can still go wrong.
Some of those things are out of your control, while others are not. Here are five things that might go wrong while you’re on vacation, as well as some advice on what to do if it happens to you.
You Get in a Car Crash
Getting in a car crash is scary when you’re at home. It can be downright terrifying if you’re on vacation. If you’re driving yourself, you might have to worry about damage to the rental car. If you’re in a Lyft accident, you may be at a complete loss as to how to proceed.
If you’re in an accident, it’s important to follow the normal routine of collecting information from the driver, as well as any witnesses. Make sure you get medical attention, even if you think everything is okay, as some injuries can be difficult to spot right away. Not to mention, it’s a good idea to have as much documentation as possible when you contact your insurance.
If you get into an Uber or Lyft accident, make sure you contact the company. They have insurance policies that can provide you with compensation.
You Get Sick
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you won’t get sick. In some cases, it can even increase your chances of getting sick because you’re exposed to unfamiliar people and places that you normally aren’t exposed to.
Whether you come down with the flu, you have a cold, or you think you might have food poisoning, you don’t have to go home. There are ways to enjoy your vacation to the best of your ability, even if you aren’t feeling like yourself.
Among the most important is to give yourself plenty of time to rest. Don’t force yourself to go to the beach, spend time at the theme park, or go out to dinner. Sometimes a day or two of rest is really the best medicine.
You Can’t Find Something Important
Did you forget something at home? It isn’t uncommon for travelers to realize they forgot a toothbrush or a pair of sandals. Fixing this problem is pretty easy. It gives you an excuse to go shopping!
The real problem is if something important goes missing. This might include your phone, your passport, or a credit card.
Making sure these items are secure can keep them from going missing in the first place, but if you do lose something important, you should first take a deep breath. Then, take the time to retrace your steps, asking others at restaurants, stores, and other places if your item has been returned.
If not, you’ll have to do your best to move on with your vacation. That might mean buying a disposable phone or going to the nearest embassy to get a passport replacement.
Weather is something you really don’t have any control over. Even if you make sure not to plan your beach vacation during hurricane season, you can still find out that it’s unseasonably cold or it rains nearly every day you’re away from home.
The best thing to do is to try and understand that there really is no bad weather. Instead, try and adjust your activities to accommodate the weather you’re given. That might mean combing the beach for shells instead of swimming or spending the afternoon at the hotel swimming pool instead of the theme park.
You’re Really Hung Over
It’s easy to get a little carried away on vacation, and before you know it, you’ve had one too many drinks. That might make for a fun night, but it won’t make for a fun morning!
There are things you can do to make your hangover shorter, but for the most part, you’ll just have to wait it out. Curl up in the hotel bed and watch a movie or sit by the pool and read a book. If you don’t want to waste another day hung over, make sure you limit your intake the rest of your vacation.
Things can very easily go wrong on vacation. That doesn’t mean your vacation is ruined! Being aware of what might go awry and being flexible can help you get the most out of your vacation, no matter what happens.