Sometimes it's best to leave your options open
We planned a road trip down south. We were planning on spending half of our week in Orlando and then the other half on the beach in South Carolina. We weren't too concerned about the weather hindering us in Orlando because you can always find something to do there. While driving to Orlando we spent 24 hours in torrential downpours. At this point we started looking up the forecasts for the week. We realized the weather in South Carolina wasn't letting up any time soon. No one wants cold and stormy weather during a beach vacation.
We spent some time rethinking our plans and decided to be adventurous! After Orlando we drove through Georgia in search of the Uncle Remus Museum and then continued on to Kentucky for a first visit to the Bourbon Trail. This definitely wasn't the trip we planned but it was so much better! We added new states to our repertoire and enjoyed wonderful experiences at several distilleries thanks to our cancellation policy being flexible.
Travel Insurance isn't a waste
That's right! Our flight got cancelled; we couldn't leave Mexico for an additional 4 days. Thanks to having travel insurance we were able to secure a new flight, a wonderful hotel for the additional nights, and new car service. Almost all of our additional costs were reimbursed to us.
Always try to keep your sense of humor
On a trip to Aruba we arrived for a very early morning flight and everything seemed to go wrong! 24 hours after getting to the airport (2 planes and a refuel in Puerto Rico) we arrived in Aruba. There were many others who arrived with us that were cranky, tired, and just plain rude. People were cutting others off, stealing taxi's, and pushing ahead in lines. Greg and I stepped back, laughed at the insanity, shared a cab and were the last ones to our hotel. Of course we were tired, cranky and ready for our vacation to start but what good will it do to be rude to others and to demand things from the staff. You have the ability to not ruin your vacation and also to not take things out on others. You'll be better off and happier if you stay calm and find the good.
It's okay to ask for help
The next morning I heard back from one of my contacts and she thoroughly helped me find a tour that would meet our needs. She went above and beyond helping me when I was limited in the technology and communication availability (certain requirements were needed for bookings). I have found that people in the tourism industry genuinely want to help and not just meet their bottom line. Thanks to the help I received, our tour and picnic wowed our guests!