Eddie Mikell thought he had planned the trip of a lifetime with his wife and another couple: renting a house for a week in the French countryside. But on the way from Paris Charles de Gaulle to their idyllic retreat last June, a truck clipped their rental car.
You've finally racked up enough vacation days for a momentous vacation and after months of deliberation, you've gone ahead and dropped a significant sum on plane tickets, hotel rooms or cruise fees. Flash forward to a few days prior to your departure and, for one reason or another, you can't go.
The last thing we're going to do is spin some sad story about that one time we were on a trip and had our camera, laptop, [insert other expensive item here] stolen or damaged beyond repair. We all know it happens, we all think it won't happen to us and one more story won't change that.
Dan Kundin was an independent guy, even at age 89. So, when he decided to go on a round-the-world cruise, his daughters, Liz and Susan, didn't see a big problem as long as he had travel insurance. No one really fretted about what could go wrong. Until it did.
If you've ever had to visit an ER or doctor in another country, you know how critical it is to have an emergency medical card, and several supplemental documents, with you at all times (or at least in your hotel room).
Whether you're preparing for a short trip or a long holiday break, knowing the rules and strategizing accordingly can help you avoid major hassles, not to mention hefty change fees. Here are eight practical tips for handling tricky situations and winging it when things don't go your way.
Plenty of things can go wrong on a cruise vacation. You could get seasick, or sleep through breakfast, or lose at blackjack, or puke over the rail, or god forbid be on a cruise ship that's lost power and drifting out to sea.
This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.