Take care of the travel time before the flight
No, one hour of time is not enough when you have to overcome the distance of the whole Vienna to catch the right city train and arrive in time for check in and to reach the appropriate gate. Where did the idea come from? While traveling until now, I have always chosen very comfortable connections.
Take care of your charged phone and internet
Always have extra funds in your account
Once I almost caused myself a similar problem, but as you can see, man does not always learn from mistakes. The first time the emergency situation at the airport met me in Sweden at the Stockholm airport Skavsta. Unexpectedly, a few days before my return to Poland, one of the payment cards stopped working. The chip was destroyed, so I could still make payments online, but card payments were not possible. Knowing that my tickets (plane and bus) were already paid, I transfered myself on the second card only the amount that would allow me to drink coffee and eat something at the airport. Having an extra spare time before the flight, I did not expect anything can go wrong.Unfortunately it turned out that my hard suitcase was literally a centimeter too big, so to take it on board I had to pay a fee of around 300 SEK (about 130PLN). Nothing seemed to work when I’ve tried to use a card number to withdraw money in a counter without a chip. Transferring from account to account would not work on time, and I had no choice but to get rid of my suitcase and ask travelers from the same queue for help. In that way my suitcase made the airport employee happy, and I was given an ugly, yellow plastic bag to carry my belongings in through the security check. I will never forget the looks of the people in the queue when they saw me there, or the lessons I have learned from this situation. At least it seemed to me that I’ve learned until the time in Vienna.
Have enough funds to buy a second plane ticket
And while additional funds for buses, trains, metro, or fees seem obvious – what we have to keep in mind is that sometimes the situation will force us to buy a second plane ticket. Still as a student I paid my travels with savings and a monthly schollarship that was exactly the same amount as a ticket back and forth to Austria. Doubling that amount for that time would mean a bank miracle or would equal a month without a seeing my boyfriend (with whom I managed to keep the long distance relationship between Poland and Austria for a year).On that day, in spite of a sincere desire to be there on time, the plane flew away before I could reach it, which in my scenario immediately typed me as a candidate for the main role of the Austrian version of the film Terminal. You know, locked on the airport forever, and so on. Quite negative thoughts.
Check maps and connections before traveling
Fortunately, I was able to reach the house the same evening by second plane, which departed an hour later. Thanks to the help of the boyfriend who made an online reservation for me, I had some extra time to relax and refresh myself before the next trip. The whole adventure turned out to be pricey, and the next day I felt every muscle from the kilometers that I’ve ran with a backpack. I know, however, that the second time I will not make the same mistake and I will take care of all the points above.
If you have had similar adventures, share your story in the comment. 🙂