You were all set for the trip. Your bags are packed; bookings are done. The weather where you’re heading is fine. Your boss has already given you a go. The only thing lacking is you, hopping on the plane as scheduled.

And here comes the big surprise.

You got sick and have no idea when you can recover.

sick on vacationShould you panic now?

You know it isn’t a simple problem. The price you will have to pay for not taking the flight might be higher. In case you really are not feeling well, then at least see a doctor. Secure a note stating you were ill and unable to travel. It may not help you refund all the money you spent for bookings, but you might be able to put the documentation to good use one way or another.

Say you applied for a travel insurance and you were requested to present a proof you canceled the trip due to sickness. The doctor’s note should be sufficient.

Hearing from the hotel

As for your lodging, note that rules vary from one establishment to another. This can cause confusion when you try to get in touch directly with the hotel, for instance.

Instead of talking straight to the employees, consider first how you did the booking.

Did you hire an agent? Did you use a credit card? Did you use a third party organizer? Start from there.

These people who helped you booked should be able to assist you voice your concerns to the company. Chances are they have already encountered similar situations with their other clients. They might be able to offer you valuable coping tips.

Fixing flight issues

When it comes to air travel, air lines vary on cancellation or re-booking policies.

This is the risk when booking non-refundable flights. Chances are you will have to pay for the price difference along with the change fees or penalties.

Luck, however, might help you deal with the situation easier.  How? It’s when you course your concern through the customer service hotline and chance upon an employee that deems your situation eligible for any consideration.

On this part, it pays being pleasant to employees. Ranting will never speed up transactions, much less help make you feel better afterward.

Coordinating with car rental companies

As with car rentals,  it’s good if you have not paid anything yet.

It usually works this way – companies only charge you once you have picked the car. But even when you are no longer going, make it a point to notify the company. Do not just let it pass, more so when you have a travel insurance.

The damages you incurred may be covered. Then you will not have to worry.

Don’t push yourself too hard

You not only put yourself to risk when you travel contagious. You also might cause trouble to others.

Decide carefully whether you are pushing through with the trip or not. If it’s a go try your best not to touch things others would, or at least cover your mouth.

Meet your physician for further advice on medications you should be taking, to activities, places or food that are best avoided.

Nettie Gray postpones working on her write an essay duties when she’s not feeling well, but is guilty of pushing for trips even when she’s got a cold.