Finding the Good in the Frustrations of Traveling!
As I’ve mentioned, I leave Friday for Italy. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this trip for about 8 months, and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! I have a flight to Florence that has a connection in Munich, and my friend and I decided to meet there to spend a few days exploring the area. After deciding this I booked a plane ticket out of Munich to Rome, and then a train to get from Rome to Florence, totaling about 200 dollars. Not bad, right?
My dad told me to call and check if that was okay with my airline, and my big shock 4 days before my trip is that is NOT okay! It turns out that if you show up as “missing” your flight it voids your return flight as well! Thank goodness my dad heard this on the news! I had 2 options:
- Change my flight and pay $500 extra so I can get off in Munich
- Eat the $200 and fly into Florence
So needless to say, I won’t be making it to Munich. I’m really upset about this not only because I lost a ton of money (well, for me it’s a ton of money), but also because I really wanted to visit Munich. I feel really bad that I didn’t know about the voiding of flights because my friend Stacey also lost money on a flight.
So not only am I writing this post to complain about the frustrations of travel, but also to write about some things I learned from this experience:
- Read the fine print of your flight, and when you have an idea or a question call before you book any other tickets!
- Don’t sweat the small OR the bigger stuff. It’s not worth it to get frustrated when things don’t go your way. Besides, you have a trip to look forward to, and you’ll forget that you had frustrations once you get there!
- When you mess up a trip for you and a friend, losing you both money, and the friend won’t let you pay her back, and she’s really awesome about the whole situation… She’s a great friend to travel with!
Thanks for letting me rant a little bit! I’m curious about any frustrating experiences any of you guys have had while traveling, and what you learned from them! Let’s hear ‘em!