Holidays Can go Wrong

Holidays are something everybody looks forward to. Well, who doesn’t?  After all that’s what most of us, if not all of us look forward to.  In fact, keep looking forward to. Never want them to end.  Just wish they would go on and on Mrs O .

Travelling is what you plan with such immense interest and emotions, that you never really feel it to be a chore.  Even before one vacation ends, you begin to plan your next.  Be it long weekends, scheduled holidays from school, Christmas, New Year, anything at all is earmarked.  And you start planning.

Destinations are researched, weather conditions checked on, travel documentation gone over time and again.Finances are planned.  Very often, you also begin to save up for that dream holiday, months in advance. In case of certain exotic locations, you may have begun to put away money for years.  All in anticipation of that dream holiday.

In fact, holiday planning is by-far, the most looked forward to activity.  Whether you are planning to travel with your bunch of buddies or with the family, there is no stone left unturned to make this a memorable one.In fact, when don’t you think of going on a holiday?  Whether it is the summers, the clinching of an important deal for your enterprise, taking off after your wedding, children doing well, reunions, anything at all.  Any reason is good enough for you to get to plan a trip.

That’s the beauty of it.  Right from elders to the younger lot, there is never a soul who will despise a holiday.  And, why should anybody for that matter not want to take on a trip.  After all, these days of extremely high stress and pressured work life, coupled with nuclear families trying to handle everything on their own and with very little or no support systems, you are always yearning for that ‘holiday’. 

What with holidays these days being classified into various niche slots like adventure, religious, leisure, educational and what not.  You even have trips charted out to cater to demographic sections of the population like women, senior citizens etc.

With the advancement of technology, the world has shrunk.  There is so much exposure to the culture and history of places all over, that the thirst to go out there and explore has increased manifold.  

Ideal, yet can turn out Stressful

Holiday and Stressful?  These terms are definite antithesis.  After all, you have put in so much of your own time and effort in planning/chalking out this holiday.  Without delegating, you have even looked into the finer details, all by yourself, just to ensure that you and your loved ones, have a wonderful time.

Unbelievable, but true, yes things can go wrong and they do if you happen to be the unlucky ones.Well, you may argue, the maximum that can go wrong is things taking a turn downhill because of health reasons or in worst case scenario, you needing to put off your trip by a few days due to sudden work demands.

But unfortunately, these are only some of the most minor reasons for your holidays plans going for a toss.There are much larger and even more serious issues out there that can strike a blow that is so hard, that it may take you a while to recover.

What Is It That Can Actually Go Wrong?

These scenarios can be a combination of major issues as well as some of the more minor hiccups.  Major problems being:

Your Tour Operator Shuts Down

Scary to say the least.  But definitely something that can happen and has happened.There have been instances where tour operators have shut shop whilst many of their customers being in the midst of their vacations and several thousands of them booked to travel on one of their packages. 

These tour companies may just end up sending you a mailer one day, saying that they have ceased operations and may not even respond to mails or phone calls.  Final result being your holiday, both land as well as travel arrangements no longer exist.  What this kind of an issue brings to light is two facts:

The travel industry is under serious threat due to present economic insecurities.Concerns regarding the systems in place to protect travellers interests and financial investments.

Such a situation will require you to pay for your travel as well as accommodation again.  If you happen to get lucky and have received a receipt from the airline for your flight, then you will be allowed to check-in.  In case you have not received any such receipt, be sure that your tickets have not been paid for by the operator and you no longer hold a seat, despite having paid for it.  The same goes for hotel bookings as well as airport transfers.

So what goes into avoiding such a situation?

First and foremost, it is imperative to check on the credentials of the tour operator.  Check on brochures and websites for accreditation logos and license or registration numbers.  Cross-check on the accrediting agency’s website, if your tour operator is listed with them.  The advantage here is that these accrediting bodies, insist on a certain financial guarantee from tour operators which actually provides cover to stranded passengers in case of bankruptcy.

In case you have booked your travel using your credit card, ensure that you contact your credit card company instantly seeking a refund.At the time of opting for travel insurance, check if the policy provides cover for default from the operator’s side.  Though this aspect is not very frequently covered by most insurance policies. Nevertheless, it is a good point.

 

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Scary to say the least.  But definitely something that can happen and has happened.There have been instances where tour operators have shut shop whilst many of their customers being in the midst of their vacations and several thousands of them booked to travel on one of their packages. 

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