Sunday, 18 March 2018

Travel - what to do if it all goes tits up.

In the past couple of years, I've had my fair share of travel experience, which in turn goes hand in hand with a fair share of f*ck ups.
I've learned you can be as prepared as you want but at the end of the day, there is only so much you could do. I thought I'd pull together the little lessons, tips and tricks I've picked up along the way.

Avoid the Avoidable - check, check & check again

This is one of the most important pieces of advice I can give. The travel problems that could have been avoided, are the ones that will frustrate you the most as you'll kick yourself you didn't solve them.
Ensure you have your passport, tickets, money etc and do your best to pack what you need (this worries me less as EVERYWHERE has shops, so its never the end of the world if you don't pack enough socks). Triple check your flight times, taxi times, and terminal. I've messed this one up before and caused myself a world of pain, very easy to avoid!
Finally, make sure you check your accommodation location to make sure you know how you're getting there to avoid a hefty taxi cost. If your flight was cheap, make sure you check whether the one you're flying to isn't further out than you think!

Accept the small things that go wrong & just move on.

The worst thing you can do is let something small ruin your trip. You've been looking forward to the trip since you booked it, its just simply not worth it.
So your Airbnb might smell, your hotel room isn't what you hoped or you spent too much money on a meal you thought was nice but was actually just a load of crap. If you're travelling with your friends, family or loved ones, the fact you're there should be enough to make you happy.

Enjoy the experience and succumb to the challenges. Trust me, you'll end up with more stories this way!



If it all goes tits up, just laugh.

Believe me when I say this one is important. I'm sure you saw my trip to Canada in the summer of last year if you follow me on Instagram. This was all pre planned with my friend Adam, we had  huge road trip planned to go from Alberta across west to British Columbia and end up on the West Coast of Canada in Vancouver/Victoria. We had researched everything, how far, where to stay, how much. Log cabins in the woods, camping on the beach, everything was booked and paid for.

Strike 1 was completely out of my hands. I arrived in Canada to no luggage, it was a 20+ day trip so this felt a little more devastating than your normal weekend away. I had BLOODY NOUT TO WEAR. Making one pair of pants last almost a month somehow didn't feel like a viable option...
But hey ho, lets go back to point 2, accept it and move on. I wasn't going to let this effect my trip of a lifetime. Unfortunately it wasn't over...


Adam's car was scheduled to go into the shop to have everything checked and sorted for our road trip the day after I arrived so we could set off. Turns out it was un-drivable. Months and months of planning by us both suddenly went so far out the window we couldn't even do a double take.
We had to cancel it all, everything we paid for - I have to say spending hundreds of pounds between us to have a hotel room hundreds and hundreds of miles away wasn't the best feeling.


I could have curled up and cried, it felt devastating. But in the moment it all went to shit, on the phone to my dad, the guiding light in my life, I decided that it bloody well wasn't going to. I decided I was going to make it the best trip of my life and thats what me and Adam did. We made sure of it.

We sat and we realised how lucky we were to be where we were in the world. Whether things were going to plan or not. Being able to travel the world in any capacity is a gift to be cherished, not wasted.

Look around and realise where you are,  and how small the little problems are and how insignificant the big ones are.

But try not to forget your passport...

Love,

H x

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  1. These photos are STUNNING! I remember seeing your insta posts about this when it happened but your trip still looked incredible, it's deffo what you make of it x

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    1. Oh thanks so much lovely! It went so wrong but ended up being so right!
      It's absolutely what you make of it I couldn't say it better myself!
      Thanks so much for reading and the love! X

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