Forgetting an essential item
Whether it’s your passport, your recently and oh so arduously converted holiday spending money, or the bag with all your underwear in, are all things that could very easily happen to you; yes, even you. But, being an intelligent person, remember this simple tip from holidaying parents everywhere: a few days in advance, make a list! Begin with those 3 things, and add things like hotel names and addresses, taxi numbers. If you do this you’ll be fine, and you 100% won’t be that person in tears in the airport.
Not doing your research
You’ve seen the brochures, the literature, heard the happy tales from sales people, friends and relatives about how great a destination is, but you get there and there are building works everywhere, things aren’t “dirt cheap”, and actually it feels very unsafe at night, making you worry about being lost and even mugged. How to avoid this? A simple internet search will suffice! Just trawl through testimonies and reviews on the web, and maybe a glance at Wikipedia, should be enough for you to catch any glaringly obvious warning signs
The unforeseen and unexpected
So you did all you did your research and the destination still looks great, made a list and booked tickets, flew and arrived safe and sound, but despite all this and your maybe one blissful day in the sun, events beyond your control transpire to ruin your holiday. This could be a surprise bout of political unrest in the city your staying in, or something horrible like extreme weather, natural disaster, or you come down with a serious illness or sustain an injury. Your holiday is now off the cards, so to ensure that you either keep safe, receive the proper medical care or make it home just remember to do a few things. Make sure you have correct travel or health insurance and know how to seek out care, write down the details of the local British consulate, and above all make sure you have a surplus of cash, however small, to take care of emergency travel about your destination, or in the worst case all the way home.
That being said, holidays should be fun, and the worst probably won’t happen. It’s even less likely to happen if you’re prepared. So make sure you are, and happy holidays!