Ease the Stress of Summer Travel with Expert Tips

by | May 24, 2024 | Travel and Tourism


By Eugenia Lazaris, NeaProini Travel Editor

Travelers across the globe are gearing up for what promises to be a record-breaking summer of travel. Numbers are expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels with people going for big-ticket vacations and bucket list trips to make up for all the time lost during the pandemic. But it isn’t just large crowds hitting the road that could complicate summer travel.

Potential pitfalls lurk everywhere, from delayed or canceled flights to theft, accidents and illness. And then there are current events to complicate things, like war and unrest, extreme weather events, and labor strikes in popular destinations where they are designed to have maximum impact on the travel industry.

The trick is to arm yourself with the proper tools so you can handle travel hiccups like a pro and still enjoy your vacation. Read on for some expert tips to make your summer travels safe and memorable.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

If there’s something on your bucket list you don’t want to miss, try not to plan it on the first or last day of your trip. That way you won’t miss out if your flight is delayed or if the attraction is sold out or closed for unforeseen reasons.

Back Up Your Travel Documents

Nothing will derail your trip like losing a passport or another important document. Ultimately, the documents need to be replaced, but having proof that you are who you say you are can make a huge difference. While experts recommend keeping copies of your documents, it doesn’t help if they are in your bag that got lost by the airline so take it a step further by emailing those copies to yourself so you can still access them no matter where you are.

Family having fun outdoors on Mykonos streets

Pack a Smart Carry-On

Packing the perfect carry-on is an art form, and making sure you pack smart can make or break your trip should your checked luggage get lost. Always pack your carry-on with your medications and a day or two of extra clothes and toiletries just in case you have to wait a few days for your bags to show up at your destination.

Plan Ahead for Chronic Medical Needs

Millions live with chronic conditions, some of which require expert care on a moment’s notice. While this can create some limitations, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t pursue your travel goals. Research the medical care facilities and doctors at your destination so you know who to call in an emergency and bring a travel version of your medical history so there are no delays in getting the care you need.

Protect Your Privacy

In this age of social media and digital sharing, privacy is a rarity. But that doesn’t mean everyone needs to know when you aren’t at home or where you are at all times – this makes you a prime target for all sorts of dangers. Sharing photos of your vacation is part of the fun, but it can wait until you get home.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel is an investment in yourself and your family and travel insurance will help protect that investment by offering coverage for all sorts of mishaps, from missed flights and lost luggage to accidents and illness during your trip. Some plans even cover major events like terrorism and little things like purchasing food and toiletries when you miss your connection. Companies like World Nomads provide excellent plans that go above and beyond to protect you and your travel companions with features like 24-hour assistance and translation services. Different types of plans make it possible for everyone to find a plan that suits their needs and offer different types of compensation, along with different pricing options for different budgets.

Don’t Rely on Your Credit Card for Coverage

Credit cards offer a degree of protection when you use them to pay for things like flights. There are limitations, however, and it helps to know what coverage you do have before heading out on a trip. Sarah Roman, the Travel Safety Expert at World Nomads, offers some expert advice on the subject. “Credit cards all have different insurance coverage and at different credit levels,” says Roman.  She encourages people to do their research and ask the right questions before they put their trust in the credit company to take care of any problems. “The simple answer is to read (and then re-read) your credit card’s insurance coverage to make sure it protects your person, your stuff and your trip. Does it cover medical emergencies internationally for your entire trip length? What about medical evacuations? Does it cover your family member who is with you but didn’t use their card to pay for the travel or activity? What if you get food poisoning from a restaurant that you paid for in cash, not on your credit card? It’s all very nuanced.

Roman’s advice is enlightening, although it isn’t meant to scare travelers. Being aware of what potential hazards exist and having a plan to address them can mean all the difference in having a successful summer vacation.

mother and son in Acropolis, Athens, Greece