british travel blogger 2016I've seen many cities over the years and with massive relief can say that rarely I've never really returned home regretting an experience.  Whether it involves shopping my way through Barcelona, hiking up a Swiss mountain or enjoying Bratwurst in a medieval German town - it's been one positive experience after another!  With this in mind, when TravelSupermarket got in touch to introduce the concept of  'making holidays memorable for the right reasons', I was sitting ready with pen and paper.  So, my love for European countries has been in place for a long time and was just as intense a few years ago as it is now.  And it was back then I could be found sitting in a café with a friend of mine, nodding enthusiastically at the idea of visiting Paris together.  A nod that would eventually turn into an aerial-view grin from the airplane and from there, a teeny-tiny bit of regret later in the day...
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I hadn't accounted for the unfortunate possibility of my friend receiving a break-up text just as we were arriving -  I felt so bad 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!
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Over time I've learnt that while travelling, the little things really do matter and once you've taken care of them, you leave yourself with much more room to deal with the 'bigger' and more important things - like heartbroken friends!  Disappointing news and holiday spats don't always have to result in travel nightmares though, just as TravelSupermarket have shown over on their blog - the trip can be salvaged!  Here are my top three tips for damage limitation:


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Research travel blogs beforehand - create a list of recommended 'genuine gems' that are mood and/or weather dependant

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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...

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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 in your hotel room?

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Be sure to take a look at TravelSupermarket's blog post - and get planning your next trip!  Oh, and I'd love to know - have you experienced any awkward/disappointing travel situations before and how did you cope with them?

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note:  This post is in collaboration with TravelSupermarket, through which I received complimentary flights.