When holidays go wrong

March 7, 2013

Samsonite Firelite 4-Wheel Spinner Suitcase Deep BlueSo as you know, I’ve just flown back from Florida and we had the most amazing time, and everything was perfect, even the flights. But when we arrived back at Heathrow, there was a small hitch, because the ground staff couldn’t get the cargo hold open (apparently it was frozen shut). After two hours of waiting (and rapidly accumulating taxi charges) I had to admit defeat, and left the airport without my luggage. It finally arrived at 8.30pm that evening. (I wouldn’t mind but this was the second time I’ve been separated from my luggage after a long-haul flight in the past four months – on the previous occasion it was because my suitcase had become stuck in the belt at Heathrow. There’s a definite pattern here.)

But of course losing your luggage is a minor inconvenience compared to becoming ill while you’re on holiday – as I discovered when I was hospitalised in Key West.

What happens, though, if something goes badly wrong – through no fault of your own? If you contract food poisoning or worse? A little girl I know contracted a very serious bacterial infection from a swimming pool on holiday – her parents sued the travel company responsible. Fortunately she recovered but it was a huge ordeal.

And no one likes to think about holidays going wrong – but they can, and do, sometimes. Of course you should always have comprehensive travel insurance, but if things go badly wrong, you may need to find out about holiday compensation. Because if you or a member of your family becomes ill on holiday, or has a serious accident, it’s important to make sure it never happens to anyone else.

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