Shortly after my husband and I were married, we began planning our two-week long tour of Italy. I’m not a world traveler so this was very exciting to me. For a fixed price, the tour included transportation, hotels and most of our meals. With everything set up for us, what could go wrong? As it turns out, plenty! In fact, our late honeymoon started out as one big travel disaster.
Due to rain and fog in Paris, our plane had to circle round and round. When we finally landed, we had just minutes to catch our plane to Rome, Italy. It was raining and we had to take a tram to our terminal. After narrowly missing our flight, I vowed to book direct flights for any future trips. I think direct flights take some of the stress out of traveling.
Once we made it to Italy, I was excited to begin our adventure. However, it was at the baggage claim where our travel disaster really began. We waited and anxiously watched the conveyor belt circle around endlessly. Travelers grabbed their bags and went on their merry way. When the belt stopped, my husband and I groaned. Then, we went to report our lost luggage. I was so glad I had packed extra undergarments and a few toiletries in my carry on. However, I wished I had packed an entire extra outfit. Another lesson learned!
Stuck at the Airport
After reporting our lost luggage, we went outside to see if our transportation was there to take us to our hotel. As I looked around at the drivers, I saw many holding up cards with last names written on stiff paper. However, there weren’t any drivers holding up a sign that said “Matters.” After spending some time on the phone, our driver finally showed up and took us to our hotel where we were supposed to stay at for two nights (before departing on our tour). However, when we arrived, we were told that our hotel had been switched for the second night. Our lost bags were supposed to come to the first hotel. Thus, we made sure the airline knew we would be staying elsewhere. Despite being exhausted, we didn’t sleep very well that night.
Luckily, before leaving Rome, our bags turned up, just in time. Along with Rome, our tour included visits to Assisi, Capri Island, Florence, Lake Como, Sorrento, Venice and several other tourist destinations. It turned out to be a mostly wonderful trip. However, at the end of the tour, I came down with a nasty head cold. I hadn’t brought any decongestants and the flight back was not pleasant. The next time I travel, I will bring some OTC medicine in case I get sick again!
I have a lot of great memories from my travels in Italy! I also have learned to travel smarter the next time around.
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