Many of us know that the more you travel, the more likely it is that you will come across some travel hiccups along the way. Lost luggage, delayed (or even worse, cancelled) flights, the screaming baby on the red-eye flight, the child behind you constantly kicking your seat, sore muscles and body aches from sitting in a tiny chair for a long period of time, the list goes on and on and on…
I’m one who tries to look at the bright-side in all situations that I encounter. If you don’t have a smile and a positive attitude, it’s not going to help anyone. This week, however, we are going to have a little fun: I will be discussing some of my worst traveling experiences and some of the worst traveling sins–and I hope you will join in the fun as well!
When the husband and I flew to Indianapolis a few years back we encountered a lost luggage scenario. Because it was going to be a quick trip, my husband and I checked only one bag for the weekend. When we arrived at the Indianapolis airport to claim our luggage, our bag was nowhere to be found. It’s common to wait forrrrrever for your luggage, however, only after everyone who had been on our flight was out of the airport and on their way to their hotels, did we realize that our bag wasn’t coming out of that luggage carousel. (Okay maybe that’s a slight exaggeration–it wasn’t quite that long, but it felt like it). Thoughts of last-minute shopping trips and wondering what had happened to our bag immediately flooded my mind: This trip just got A LOT more expensive.
We made our way to the Southwest customer service desk where they began taking our claim. As I spoke with the representative, my husband decided to walk around the baggage area one last time. It was during this time that another Southwest employee approached him and informed my husband that the bag was not actually lost, it was damaged, but it was within the luggage area. Southwest promptly replaced our bag with another like-quality bag and we were on our way.
That story is nowhere near as bad as the travel horror story of my parents: They were having a destination wedding in Nassau, Bahama and their bags were misplaced when they arrived on the island. All of their clothing (including the wedding dress) were lost and they were getting married the next day. After almost a full day of panicking, tears, anger, frustration, despair, and searching the entire airport high and low, they found their luggage and made it in time to their wedding.
What about you? Has your luggage ever been lost? What’s your worst traveling experience?
Stay tuned, we will be discussing one of the worst traveling sins of all later this week. 🙂