What is the most enjoyable aspect about traveling? What about the worst-case scenario?

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Traveling is always exciting, but no matter where you go, you’re likely to worry about what could go wrong. Here, our EWR Airport parking company covers some of the most common worst-case travel scenarios and how you can deal with them without ruining your vacation:

YOU LOSE YOUR PASSPORT ABROAD

Losing your passport while you’re in another country sounds terrible, but it’s not as bad as you think. As soon as you realize it’s lost, contact the nearest embassy. They will help you get a temporary passport as long as you have a form of backup identification (like your driver’s license). You’ll probably have to pay a fee, so it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you.

A NATURAL DISASTER RUINS YOUR TRIP

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There are many popular destinations that have hurricane seasons or monsoon seasons, so before you plan your trip, look into the weather patterns of the area. Because of this, many cruise lines offer cheaper deals during wetter seasons. If you want to take advantage of low prices, our EWR Airport parking company suggests investing in travel insurance. This way, if your trip gets canceled, you’ll have some coverage.

THE HOTEL CAN’T FIND YOUR RESERVATION

When it comes to reservations, you should always have proof. If you made your hotel reservation online, print out the confirmation letter. If you made it over the phone, ask the person to email you the confirmation. As long as you have proof that you actually booked a room, the hotel should be able to accommodate you.

YOU GET INJURED OVERSEAS

A simple cut or scrape can be easily tended to with a bandage, but if you’re in a much more serious situation and need to see a doctor, ask your hotel concierge for a recommendation. You can also do an online search for English-speaking doctors or contact the local embassy for help. The embassy will make sure that you get the proper care and should have the right funds for hospitalization.

THE AIRLINE LOSES YOUR LUGGAGE

If you don’t see your bag at baggage claim, start by checking the other luggage carousels to see if anyone left a bag behind – they may have grabbed yours instead of theirs by mistake. If there are no unclaimed bags, go straight to the airline customer service counter and let them know that your luggage is lost. Give them a detailed description of what it looks like, what’s inside, and the address of where you’ll be staying. Then, once you get to your hotel, let the front desk know the situation.

YOUR BELONGINGS ARE STOLEN

The last thing you want on vacation is to have your belongings stolen. To avoid this, make sure you keep all of the valuables you don’t need at the moment in a safe place (like the hotel safe). In addition, it’s a good idea to split up your money/credit cards between several places: stash some in your purse/wallet, some in your pocket, some in your socks, etc. This way, if someone does end up robbing you, you’ll have some money/credit cards stashed away.

To keep your valuables even safer, look into the special articles of clothing that are designed to protect them. Things like money belts, security socks, and jackets with lots of pockets can help alleviate stress and worry.

YOU GET INTO A RENTAL CAR ACCIDENT

One sure way to ruin a vacation is by crashing a car that’s not yours. In addition to driving safe, make sure you know your insurance situation before you leave the rental car lot. Many times your credit card or your auto insurance policy will cover a rental car. If not, you may want to purchase insurance through the car company.

If you do get into an accident, file a police report and make sure you get a copy. If your situation gets you in trouble, you can always contact the local embassy.

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