From noisy neighbours to reckless taxi drivers, we cover the do’s and dont’s of going on holiday.
Missed Your Flight
DO run! If you only have hand luggage and have already checked in, there is still chance you can make the flight, as most airports close the gates as late as 15 minutes before departure.
DO expect a rebooking fee, as most airlines will charge you to get on another flight.
DON’T wait to call your airline, as the sooner you do, the more likely the will be able to get you on the next flight.
DO use earplugs. You can pick them up in the airport or even while on the plane.
DON’T wake them up, or expect the flight attendant to. Move to another seat if there is space
DO claim your overhead and under-seat space.
DON’T be rude, this will only escalate the problem.
How to Deal With Food Poisoning While Traveling
DO go the chemist. The local pharmacist should be able to provide a loperamide-based drug that will prevent dehydration and help you get better. If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice.
DON’T think you’re holiday is ruined. Food poisoning can usually last two to four days, so there is a chance you still enjoy your holiday happily and healthily.
Reckless Taxi Driver
DO get out if you feel unsafe. If your driver doesn’t respond to polite feedback, ask them to pull over. Make sure you record the car number so you can inform local authorities.
DON’T refuse to pay. Tipping is up to you, but the receipt could be handy if you choose to report the driver to local authorities.
Noisy Hotel Neighbors
DO call the manager, as they can then get in touch with security to help sort out the issue. Most hotels have earplugs at reception, so
DON’T think you can handle the situation yourself. It is safer, and easier, to contact hotel management.
DO ask their permission. You wouldn’t like it if a stranger just took your photo, so be considerate and ask them first.
DON’T try to be sneaky! Chances are they will see you taking it, so if someone says no, just find someone else to photograph.
DO ask another waiter or waitress for their service. If you feel like you’re being ignored you can always call for the manager.
DON’T be quick to judge. In some countries, waiters will wait for a signal from the diner before approaching the table.
DO have a price in mind, but be fair! Ask locals what they’d spend and go from there.
DON’T look desperate. If they think you will walk away without purchasing the item, it is likely they will offer you a better deal.
Accidental Hotel Damage
DO tell the hotel staff. They are bound to find out, and if the damage is only small they are more likely to let you off the hook for being honest.
DON’T assume you it won’t cost you. If the damage is significant, you could be asked to pay for repairs, so be careful!
Hotel Bill Shock
DO stand your ground! Additional fees should be clearly presented to guests, so if they were buried in the small print, address the situation with the front desk or a general manager.
DON’T always think you’re in the right. If you’re hotel did inform you of fees, or extra costs, take responsibility for your actions and pay up.
DO cancel all your cards immediately and report your stolen goods to the police. If your passport is stolen, get in touch with the nearest Western Union and they should be able to send a replacement within 24 hours.
DON’T forget to take out travel insurance! It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so prepare for the worst and make sure you take out insurance.