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Two of the Most Common Travel Issues and How to Avoid Them

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Setting off on a trip should be a care-free time where your worries just melt away.

However, there are some common issues suffered by travellers that could ruin your experience if you let them. Thankfully, each of these potential problems also has a solution that you can use to put your mind at ease. We can start by looking at delayed flights.


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1. Delayed Flights

How to Claim Flight Delay Compensation?

All isn’t lost incase of flight delay, as Flightright can help you to claim flight delay compensation with European carriers for trips that begin or end in the EU. They have been helping passengers fight for their rights for a decade and have a 99% success rate in court. This service came about when Philipp Kadelbach needed to pay €300 extra because of a flight delay, and nowadays passengers just need to enter their flight number on the site to the start the delayed flight claims process.

Getting ready for a trip is a lot less stressful when you know that you have someone who will fight for compensation on your behalf if the worst happens. When you get the dreaded update that you are in for a long airport delay, the key is to remain calm and work out what to do in a sensible manner. Do you need to re-arrange your plans and take a different flight, or would it make sense to just sit tight and make the best of the long wait? Knowing the EU flight delay compensation rules lets you understand what you are entitled to.

What Happens if You Miss Connecting Flight Due to Delay?

When travelling from Warrington, there is a good chance that you fly from Manchester Airport. In 2019, it was reported by the Civil Aviation Authority that this travel hub had the fifth-longest flight delays in the UK, with passengers having to wait an average of 16 minutes to take off. Cold weather and air traffic controller strikes are among the factors that have caused delays there in the recent past. If you miss a connecting flight, you can also claim for compensation up to €600 by keeping hold of the documents and asking for written confirmation from the airline.

2. Unexpected Surprises in the Destination

We have all seen horror stories of holiday-makers turning up at their destination to find that their luxury hotel is still being built, or that the facilities are far less impressive than had been promised. This story of a couple from Runcorn who almost died due to inhaling carbon monoxide from a faulty boiler in their Lanzarote apartment is an extreme example of what can go wrong when you are far from home.

The most sensible approach here is to carry out extensive online research of the destination and the companies involved before you book anything. Don’t just rely on the travel agent’s photos and descriptions when you are sure to find a lot of independent reviews and comments on the internet with a quick search.

Jesselton Point Hotel Under Construction” (CC BY 2.0) by thienzieyung

Where Can I Find Up-to-Date Information?

Look for the most up-to-date photos and comments from other tourists that you can find, as even the best and most popular resorts can change drastically in the space of a few years. There are some online holiday forums that you can use to find out about the latest complaints and details on specific destinations that you are interested in going to.

Either of the above issues could ruin your dream holiday if you let them. On the other hand, if you are well-prepared for them then you will be aware of how to deal with them, ensuring that you are able to get away with a light heart and look forward to a great time. Don’t let delays to your flight or nasty surprises catch you on the hop.

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