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The Holiday That Never Was: What To Do When Your Travels Don’t Go To Plan

What To Do When Your Travels Don't Go To Plan

Sometimes in life, things don’t according to plan and sometimes things just go altogether tits up; it’s not ideal and it’s certainly not what you want to happen but sometimes life does throw curve balls at you and I personally believe that everything does happen for a reason.

However, when we couldn’t go on our weekend break to Munich a couple of weeks ago due to adverse and pretty dire weather conditions, I found myself questioning that particular belief; why weren’t we supposed to go to Munich?

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have inevitably seen me ranting and raving about our missed trip due to a terrific thunderstorm that cancelled all the trains from York to Manchester Airport, meaning we couldn’t get to the airport on time and therefore missed our flight. TP Express wouldn’t reimburse us for our missed flight, nor would they sort out another flight so we were unable to make our scheduled arrival at the 25 Hours Hotel for my first press trip ever.


Here’s what happened on our ‘holiday that never was’ and what to do when your travels don’t go to plan.

What To Do When Your Travels Don't Go To Plan

Once we realised there was nothing that could be done about our missed trip – after spending countless hours on the phone to TP Express, EasyJet and our travel insurance providers – we eventually admitted defeat and headed back to our apartment from the train station that had been struck by lightning, causing all the signal boxes to go off, thus rendering any scheduled trains (including ours) stationary.

After sulking for a good few hours, we headed to M&S, armed with a voucher that we received as a house-warming present and stock up on decadent treats including plenty of chocolates, prosecco and all the ingredients to make delicious and indulgent meals. If we couldn’t go on holiday, we were gonna bring our holiday to us.

When your travels don’t go to plan, it can be incredibly sh*t to say the least, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you still have a good time. Whether it was due to a cancelled flight, train or being stranded at the airport, here’s what to do when your travels don’t go to plan.

Contact your travel insurance as soon as possible

There may be nothing they can do if it’s “an act of God” like our situation was but the closer to the incident occurring you call, the more likely you’ll receive positive feedback on your claim. Most people will be willing to help and will understand your situation and how utterly crap it is but just be prepared to not hear the news you were hoping for… You may find that you don’t get any compensation back but it’s always worth trying, especially if the incident wasn’t your fault in any way.

Get all the upset and frustration out of your system and then move on

I’m not gonna lie, I did actually cry when I realised we wouldn’t be going away after planning it for weeks and spending lots of money preparing for our trip. However, once I realised that there really was nothing that could be done about it, I knew I just had to accept the situation for what it was and move on. Naturally when you’ve spent an obscene amount of money on travel plans and then things get cancelled through no fault of your own, it can be tricky to just accept it and move on but wallowing in self pity won’t do anyone any favours, trust me.

See it as an opportunity

Not everyone will believe this but as I previously mentioned, I do believe that everything happens for a reason and for whatever (stupid) reason, we obviously just weren’t meant to go to Munich on that particular weekend. It sucks massively but if you take your misfortune as an opportunity for something else then you’ll find yourself graciously accepting the situation.

Take the spare time you now have to do something productive; you can finally get those blog posts written and scheduled, take a walk around your local village or town or pop to a coffee shop to meet an old friend. Any time you spend doing something you love and that makes you happy certainly isn’t time wasted.

Stock up on plenty of snacks and treats

If you find your travel plans scuppered to the point that you have to return home and not go anywhere at all (like us, sob) then chances are you’re going to want to sit and sulk for a few days about how unfair everything is. I was definitely tempted to do this but I’m so glad that Matt and I decided to go out to the shop and stock up on the most luxurious treats and snacks as it made things just a tiny but better. I’m not necessarily condoning comfort eating but in a situation like this, I sort of am… It was a bitter pill to swallow knowing we weren’t going to be spending the weekend scoffing our faces with delicious currywurst, bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut but it was a great relief once we’d stocked up on chunky chips, meaty steak and plenty of crisps and dips.

Have your own holiday at home

It’s obviously going to be nowhere near the same as the thrill and excitement of exploring a new city and trying out everything it has to offer but when there’s little or no alternative, you just have to suck it up and decide to create your own holiday at home instead, and that’s exactly what Matt and I did.

Once we were armed with plenty of food (and alcohol) to see us through the weekend we loaded up Netflix and had a huge marathon of our favourite TV shows and films we’d never seen before. We managed to finish off two series we’d been working our way through as well as watching five films in total (four in one day!) and we also headed out into York on the Saturday night for a night of drinking and gossiping with our friend. It certainly wasn’t the same as wandering the idyllic and picturesque streets of Munich but it was still incredibly enjoyable and relaxing.

What To Do When Your Travels Don't Go To Plan

Have you ever missed a holiday? What do you do if your travels don’t go to plan? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 6th August 2018 / 9:12 pm

    England sucks at handling bad weather 🙁 I couldn’t go to Spain at Christmas because of the snow and look at it now! Hope it gets rescheduled.xx

    • chloedickenson
      7th August 2018 / 9:25 am

      It’s ridiculous! Thanks dude xx

  2. 7th August 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Oh nooo I would have literally been so heartbroken about this!! It sounds like you had a fab time in the end though, except I’m not sure I could have been as positive about the situation as you were!! Ive never missed a holiday except we did once miss a flight on our tour of America which meant we only actually got to spend 1 day in San Francisco! It meant we had to cram an awful lot into one day but it was better than missing it altogether!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      12th August 2018 / 9:10 pm

      It was bloody awful haha! Ah that’s so annoying for you guys but I’m glad you managed to still squeeze stuff in! Xx

  3. 12th August 2018 / 9:10 pm

    So sorry this happened to you! I’m sure it would have been an amazing trip too so I really hope you get to go another time. I’d have been devastated! I hate how everything just stops when the weathers bad in the UK, it’s ridiculous! Xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      12th August 2018 / 9:11 pm

      It’s so frustrating isn’t it?! The U.K. just can’t seem to handle any type of weather haha x

  4. 12th August 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your holiday didn’t go ahead! I really appreciate you putting this blog post together though! These are all really great tips. Snacking always makes things better! Thanks for sharing!

    • chloedickenson
      13th August 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much Annie! X

  5. 12th August 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I have had a lot of trips either cancelled or significantly altered by weather- living in the middle of Canada, we are totally prepared for snow and storms but the rest of North America isn’t really 🙁 You really have to do what you’ve done though, get out all of the frustration and upset and then make the best of a bad situation. What does stewing for the entire length of the trip do, other than leave you in a foul mood for the entire time?? Go to your favourite local restaurant, buy your favourite snacks, and make a fort- its a different but wonderful adventure at home 🙂 Love the positive attitude!!

    • chloedickenson
      13th August 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much for your insight into this! It really is so frustrating when a country just isn’t prepared for adverse weather! X

  6. 13th October 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Really enjoyed your post – luckily most things went to plan when I was travelling round Asia earlier this year but I bet I wouldn’t have your amazing positive attitude if something did go wrong so this was great to read. Definitely some great tips to ensure you still have a nice time! Melis x

    • chloedickenson
      16th October 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thank you so much Melis! C

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