Every travel experience is going to have some critical errors that need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you are just trying to get things up and running, you’re going to find yourself eventually running into some problems. This is normal, and part of the traveling experience. Remember that travel is all about people, and people make mistakes. It’s not like it’s going to be the end of the world just because you’re trying to get things off the ground. What you will ultimately need to do is build in enough flexibility with your trip so that any little mistakes made on the road don’t affect you.
Let’s start with the first set of problems that usually get road travelers the most: hotels. Hotels are hit or miss, even when they’re located within the same group or chain. Chain hotels give you the highest chance that you’re getting a consistent experience, but the problem is that you’re still dealing with a business of people. The room you get might not be as clean as it should be, or there might be a broken refrigerator. The way you handle the problem will determine the way you’re treated. Since you’re dealing with people, you have to realize that they want to be treated with dignity and respect. There’s just no other way to get around it. You have to treat everyone with the respect that they deserve.
What you need to do from here is to think about how to speak up. You want to be targeted on what’s wrong, not just looking for a free night at the hotel. While the staff is more than happy to correct mistakes, they want to make sure that you’re not just trying to get a free room for the sake of getting something free. That type of traveler gives all of us a bad name.
Instead, stay calm — they are much more likely to take care of you if you are calm. When you are hotheaded, angry, rude, and upsetting, they aren’t going to do much more than what’s required by policy. When you travel a lot on the road, you’ll often learn a kind word really does speak volumes.
No one likes to find out that the attractions they have traveled a long distance to get just aren’t going to be available to them. This might happen at the last minute, leaving you with open blocks in your schedule.
If this is the case, you might want to see if there are any alternate events scheduled in that area. If you’re traveling to a very populated area, we can almost guarantee that there’s going to be something else to do.
However, it’s well worth your time to actually think about just relaxing. It’s okay to have an off day. Some people overschedule themselves on vacation to the point where it feels more like work. If you’re getting that burned out feeling just because you’re on vacation trying to do everything…slow down! There’s no need to cram that much into a vacation!
Let’s face it — everyone has rolled into town to meet friends, only to find that their friends suddenly cannot go have lunch with them. The thing is, getting upset only shows your friends how inflexible you are. If you focus instead of really making them feel like they are still in your good graces, they will be a lot more likely to support you in all of the things that matter to you.
What you have to do is think about all of the different things that they might be facing right now. Sure, it’s tempting to just think about yourself, but that’s selfish. Sometimes, it really isn’t about you. You need to ensure that you’re thinking about your needs as far as everything else is concerned. Be sure that you make it clear to your friends that there’s always a time for socializing — you can always keep up on Facebook until it’s time for you to travel again.
Overall, the little mistakes on the road don’t have to take away from the adventure at all. It’s just a matter of thinking from a different perspective and making sure that everything is really put together properly. Good luck!