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Flight delays, lost luggage and zillions of nuisances may happen even if you have planned elaborately for a summer vacation. However, there are many solutions at your disposal. Doctor Khoi has many years of professional globe-trotting experience. Here are some of his tips.

Credit cards – a silent savior

If your flight is delayed and your luggage lost, a credit card is of great help. When you use your credit card to book tickets, and in case your luggage is lost, after six-eight hours (depending on the class of the card), you are entitled to several privileges. These include buying personal items such as medicine, toiletries and clothing. Each credit card has different insurance terms and limits, but normally US$200-300 is enough to buy immediate items. Remember to get the proof that your luggage is lost or delayed.

Flight cancelled due to technical problems

Normally, airlines are responsible for settling all accommodation and catering charges for passengers in this situation and they make sure that by the following day passengers can continue their flight. However, few people know that once flights are canceled, airlines are supposed to pay fines to passengers. In Europe, after an eight-hour  delay, the fine is 600 euros. This fine varies depending on the country where the flight is delayed. Airlines are subject to fine limits in various countries.

Only two per cent of passengers know about this and have claimed the delay fine. If you are caught in this situation, email the Customer Care Center of your airline and they will compensate you. Airlines will offer you the option of cash or credit points for future ticket purchases (the credit sum is more than cash).

Flights are canceled due to weather

If your flights are canceled because of poor weather conditions, airlines are not liable. You will need your credit card to pay for all arising costs..

People who travel by air should learn about the privileges that credit cards offer. It is essential to help you embark on a successful summer journey.

Your health

If you are a frequent flyer, it is necessary to do some exercises to relax your legs. Senior passengers who sit for a long time might suffer poor blood circulation in their legs, resulting in blood clots, painful swelling, thrombosis and adverse effects on other organs such as the heart and lungs. During long-haul flights, do some simple sitting exercises such as “tiptoeing” your feet 20 times to boost circulation.

Patients who suffer poor blood circulation should wear compression stockings to improve blood circulation from the feet to other organs and reduce cardiovascular health risks.

On long haul flights, drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption before or during the flight as it  contributes to dehydration.

If you are afraid of flying, you need to sort out the causes of your fear. According to scientific studies as well as surveys and statistics, airplanes are the safest and least risky means of transportation. Try to  relax and enjoy your flight.

People who suffer from special medical conditions should proactively contact and consult their doctors about their health status and receive instructions before their flight.

Watch and feel more in your journey

A 1,000-year old proverb says “Make the most of your itchy feet.” This means you should travel more to know more. When we observe of the lives of others, we can learn to cherish own lives.

Observe and understand more of the people that you meet and the stories that you hear. Get away from tourist groups and the beaten track. It’s the best opportunity to dig deeper into local life and get to know a new land. Without a tourist guide, you can explore on your own, and that is truly a fantastic experience.

Some people say, “I don’t speak the language of that country,” but it does not matter. There are plenty of mobile apps to accurately and rapidly translate for you. In addition, each of us is blessed with an awesome language. We can use our fingers to point or mime our meaning. Venture out of your  comfort zone and explore this world. Don’t search for familiar brand hotels. Try airbnb, or a cramped hotel with an equally bizarre name. Go for a homestay in a local household or rent a house. Doing so makes your journey exciting and rewarding. When we venture out, our hearts and souls are forever filled with experiences of the land we visit.

Travelling also does us great good, because it teaches us to live for less. We carry less belongings on our shoulders. A small rucksack and several outfits is good for a week away. Try it and your view of a full and happy life will change accordingly!

Seek and learn from some of the happiest countries listed in the latest research. The top six are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland and Netherlands. our Canada ranks seventh. Arrive and see why these countries are in the happiest club. What sets the cohort apart is a state of mind. They live up to Jante Law. This  comprises 10 rules that teach humanity to live in humility, and not claim superiority over anyone: Everyone is average; we all must learn as we go along.

Followers of this philosophy never flaunt their children’s academic achievements or status. Instead they boast that their kids have many friends, or behave well with others. In view of the philosophy of an average life, you can be pleased when you receive things that are above the average. When life bestows something far beyond normal, you will be taken by surprise and in many cases, be happy beyond compare.

Take these tips to heart and your journeys will be more delightful than you ever expected.

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Dr. Khoi Nguyen
Dr. Khoi holds a Science Degree from the University of Toronto and received his medical degree in 1988. He is currently seeing patients at his private family medicine practice. In 2010, he received the Canada’s Citizenship Award for his numerous contributions to the community. Bác sĩ Khôi tốt nghiệp ngành khoa học tại University of Toronto và tốt nghiệp y khoa năm 1988. Hiện nay ông đang làm việc tại phòng mạch tư chuyên về sức khỏe gia đình, và đã được vinh dự nhận giải thưởng Canada’s Citizenship Award năm 2010.