Our Most Memorable Travel Mishaps

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Nothing can quite ruin a vacation like travel mishaps, delays or travel emergencies. Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, our vacations can go downhill and we often feel like there is nothing we can do about it. But actually, we can! Whether you are traveling for the holidays and hitting winter delays, or you have a medical emergency when traveling abroad, we have some tips to help you get your vacation back on track as fast as possible, plus what to do if it can’t.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post paid for by Allianz Travel Insurance, but as always, all opinions and words are my own.

Vacation is supposed to be a time to relax and have fun, but while we like to forget about our real world on vacation, sadly, sometimes the real world still reminds us it is there. I am talking about travel mishaps, travel delays and travel emergencies. Have you ever had something go wrong on vacation? We have had a few vacations with a hiccup here or there, but then we had one vacation that went horribly wrong! I will never forget that vacation, and honestly, we now just look back on it and laugh, but at the time it sure wasn’t funny.

In our many travels we have learned a lot about how to deal with these hiccups in our travel. From winter travel delays due to weather, to emergency room visits, and even a hotel that overbooked and therefore didn’t have our prepaid room for us…we have been there! Today I am going to share some of our worst and most hillarious travel mishaps with you, and share everything I have learned so that you are prepared in case something similar happens to you.

The First Flight Workout

As much as my husband and I love to travel, neither of us flew on an airplane until we were in our mid-upper 20’s. In fact our first flights were together, when we flew to Texas, the day after Christmas to visit our super close friends. I don’t suggest traveling during the crazy holiday season for your first flight, but you know…when do I ever ease into things right?

Icy conditions had our flight from Idaho a bit delayed. No big deal because being the planner I am, and knowing it was our first flight, I had made sure we had a decent layover of about 2 hours. Our flight was only delayed 30 minutes. Everything seemed to be going smoothly. We landed in our layover in Denver, checked our next flight status, and then went to the gate listed on the status boards. As we were waiting for them to start boarding, someone noticed that they changed what flight was leaving from our gate. Yeah, there were about 30 of us booking it from one end of the terminal to the other.

We made it to our flight thankfully, but I am not sure everyone was so lucky.


The Happiest ER Visit On Earth

When we were taking the Goof and Mike’s niece to Disneyland for the first time, our first day at Disneyland got off to a late start when we had to go to the ER.

Mike had just lectured his niece about walking away from the 10-month-old Goof when he was on the bed. Later, while I was getting ready in the bathroom, and my husband was sitting on the bed with the Goof, I hear a crash and then crying. Yep, my husband had truned away for just a moment, and the Goof dove off the bed.

While normally this wouldn’t warrant an ER visit, the Goof was actually bleeding on his head…so off to the ER we went. Luckily, it was right down the road from our hotel and he was okay, it looked worse then it actually was.

After that we got on our way to Disneyland.

The Crime Scene Hotel Room

We aren’t exactly sure what happened in this hotel room, but we have never stayed at this hotel again. We were visiting family, in a pretty small city in northern Idaho. We had booked a cheaper hotel for this stay as it was last minute, plus this hotel had an indoor pool, which was important for this late fall/early winter visit.

We arrived at the the hotel, checked in and headed up to our room. When we opened the door, we were sure we had walked in to a crime scene. I am not even kidding. The mattresses were pulled off the beds. There was some sort of purple stuff all over the bathroom (hair dye maybe?), and with half eaten Chinese Food on the bathroom counter. I have seriously blocked out a lot of what we saw, and I was so reluctant to stay there, but once we got a new room, I decided I would make it work since it was only for one weekend.

The Overbooked Hotel

One trip down to Disneyland, we got to our hotel and were hoping to make it to the parks that night. Not sure if you know this but some hotels will overbook and basically hope and pray that people cancel. Well, this time they didn’t. It was the first weekend of the holiday season in Disneyland, and they were filming for the Christmas parade special.

Hotel Room

We arrived not only to find that they were short one of our hotel rooms (we had a family member traveling with us) but that the suite we had for the second room was also not available. So all of us would have to share a REGULAR room!

We lucked out and someone canceled a suite that started the third night, and we were able to switch rooms and have the family member stay in our current room. It was still awful. I remember being super stressed during those three hours in the lobby.

White Knuckle Driving

We have traveled through quite a few winter snow storms. From going up to Northern Idaho on Christmas Eve to surprise my husband’s family, to hitting a freak, late March snow storm driving down to Disneyland (that same trip as the ER visit). We have quite a lot of experience with white knuckle driving.

It is pretty scary to be driving in a snow storm where you can’t even see the road. I remember telling Mike on the trip down to Disneyland that we would stop and stay at Jackpot, NV (a tiny town right on the Idaho/Nevada border). The funny thing was, as soon as we crossed in to Nevada, the snow stopped. Like seriously, on one side of the border it was coming down, and on the other side the roads were clear.

It wasn’t as scary as the time we were driving up through the mountain pass on Christmas Eve going to Northern Idaho in a tiny little Suzuki Swift. We pushed on through the mountain pass, even as we saw several cars off the side of the road. It wasn’t too bad until we got stopped on a hill somewhere, in that tiny little roller skate car.

photo credit: Kjell Eson Snow-road via photopin (license)


Think this is all of the travel mishaps we have had. WRONG! There are so many more. Not every trip has a mishap, but A LOT of them do. Here is the thing though, a mishap doesn’t have to be big, and it doesn’t have to ruin your vacation. But sometimes the smallest mishap can lead to a domino affect. Or maybe that mishap eats in to your vacation fund. No matter what, you don’t want a mishap to ruin your vacation so I am going to share some tips with you on how to safe guard your vacation from going down the drain when a mishap does occur.

Be Prepared For Travel Mishaps

The biggest thing I always mention in travel posts is to be prepared. Be prepared for something to go wrong. Have a map or printed instructions because in case your GPS goes out. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle.

One great way to be prepared for those travel mishaps is to download Allianz Global Inurance’s TravelSmart app. This app is awesome. Not only does the app let you link your Allianz Travel Insurance policy to the app, it has plenty of other great tools for travelers.

You can store your flight information and keep an eye on your flight status. Perfect for travel all year long but especially during the holidays or other popular travel times.

It also has emergency information such as finding nearby hospitals, and giving emergency numbers when you are traveling out of the country.

And see that button at the bottom? That will connect you right with an Allianz Global Assistance agent for when you have a travel delay or emergency and are in need of assistance.

Probably my favorite part, since I have a child with a blood disorder, is that there is a translator for medical terms and medicines. You can choose from 18 different languages to translate to.

This app is a great tool for any traveler, but I love that I am able to have quick access to my Allianz policy info. All those mishaps are fun to look back on now, but what if we had missed our flight? Or what about the hotel that was overbooked? What if we had to find another hotel even though we had prepaid?

Allianz insurance is there when you need it for those travel mishaps that can hurt your bank account and your travel plans. I have shared in the past how we decided to start using travel insurance when we began traveling more often. And since then we have had several occasssions where we were grateful we had the coverage. It is kind of like any other insurance, you really hope you never need it, but you are sure glad you have it if you do need it.

Allianz has several plans to choose from so there is sure to be a plan that is a good fit for your travel plans. You can purchase your travel insurance any time before you travel and the coverage will kick in for events that happen from the moment you purchase. And, if you decide that travel insurance for you, you have 10 days to request a refund (as long as you haven’t started traveling and haven’t filed a claim).

Before you head out on your holiday travel, be sure to check out the TravelSmart App, available in the App Store or App Store

Do you have any fun travel mishap stories? Would love to see your stories in the comments below.


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