After having spent a few weekends in the city before then with my parents, I hadn't accounted for the unfortunate possibility of my friend receiving a break-up text just as we were checking-in! I felt terrible for her. The next 48 hours were spent drifting in and out of the hotel, the length of each rainy outing depending entirely on how successful my distraction tactics were from her break-up. Definitely not how either of us had pictured the trip!
Research travel blogs beforehand - create a list of recommended 'genuine gems' that are mood and/or weather dependant
Download apps before leaving - the more, the merrier! Translation apps, WeatherPro for timing your schedule around downpours, TravelSafe for a database of emergency service numbers...
Discuss goals before booking - agree expectations with your travelling partner and compare wish lists. How much of your time do you want to be spent exploring/eating/sleeping/crying in your hotel room?
That one unfortunate trip aside, I've got a head packed full with very happy travel memories. It seems with every season that goes by, I become more and more eager to spend as much time as possible abroad! It's because of this I've bookmarked TravelSupermarket's blog post and will be continuing to mentally add my own points. Roll on the next trip!
So, before I go off in search of further Parisian photos to swoon over, I'd love to know - have you experienced any awkward/disappointing travel situations before and how did you cope with them?
Note: This post is in collaboration with TravelSupermarket, through which I received complimentary flights.