You’ve probably spent months planning your honeymoon to perfection but are you prepared for the unexpected? Here’s how to handle a honeymoon mishap
As much as bagging an extra day's honeymoon might sound fun, if it's because you've missed a flight it's more likely to be a big headache. As soon as you know you're going to be late call the airport or an airline representative immediately - with a little bit of luck they might be able to get you on the next flight. It's a good idea to let your hotel know you may need to stay an extra night in case the flight isn't until the following day.
If your flight is delayed or cancelled through no fault of your own, most EU airlines will arrange flight and accommodation details for you, (US carriers and other international airline policies differ) although you won't get to pick which hotel you'll be staying at or when you'll fly.
It goes without saying that you should always travel with insurance that covers you and your partner for any illnesses or accidents - that way there are no scary financial implications to contend with. If you do find yourself unwell don't panic: if the situation is serious head straight to the nearest hospital (your hotel should be able to help you with this).
If you think that you can manage the symptoms by yourself but need some medication to help, then visit a pharmacist - just make sure that you take a phrasebook to help you translate.
As with any foreign travel always check if there are any recommended or essential vaccinations required and how safe the drinking water is.
Before you jet off on your honeymoon make two photocopies of your passport - leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store it online using a secure data storage site. Although you won't be able to the leave the country using the copy it will make getting a new one that bit easier.
As soon as you realise that your passport is missing or stolen, go straight to the nearest police station and report the incident. They will issue you with a report, which you then need to take to your country's embassy or consular representative who will be able to help you get a replacement.
Waiting for your luggage to arrive is always an anxious moment. There's nothing worse than being the last person stood at the carousel when it grinds to halt and your bags are nowhere to be seen. First things first though, don't despair. Go to the airline desks in the luggage hall and ask for a Property Irregularity Report form (PIR) to fill out.
Airline rules allow a 21-day period before a bag is officially declared 'lost'. Until then it is technically being 'traced' and airlines are supposed to cover costs of anything you have to buy in the mean time. The airline will either provide you with an upfront payment or (more than likely) reimburse you once your claim has been processed.
Make sure that you have comprehensive travel insurance in place that covers you in case of lost luggage and always carry some essential items in your hand luggage to tide you over. A good idea is to split the contents of your luggage with your partner - that way each of you has something to wear if your bags do go AWOL.
Picture the scene: you've just spent ten minutes getting the perfect image of your loved one enjoying a beautiful honeymoon sunset. You look down at the screen of your camera to admire your handy work where, instead of your snap, there's an error message. Your memory card has corrupted. Here's what to do:
For more info about saving your honeymoon pics read our article on How to recover lost photos
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