After all, the appeal and joy of a motorcycling holiday comes from the freedom it offers; you don’t want to queue up at the airport, you want to explore the open road from the seat of your bike.
However if you arrive at your departure point only to find that your short train or ferry ride is delayed, the trip can suddenly feel anything but spontaneous and fun.
Nevertheless, you shouldn’t despair if you face a delay because there are a number of things you can do to make sure you’re protected, can carry on with your journey or get compensation.
Invest in Specialist Biking Travel Insurance
Make sure you invest in specialist motorcycle travel insurance, because without it not only will you be vulnerable to potentially huge bills if something goes wrong, but you could also miss out on compensation.
Insurers will usually offer a benefit for travellers whose outward journey has been delayed by 12 hours or more, and an amount if you choose to cancel after a 24 hour delay. However, it is important to remember that every policy differs, so you must check your policy wording before you travel to make sure it meets your travel requirements.
Contact the train, plane or ferry provider
If the transport provider cancels your journey due to strike, adverse weather, mechanical faults or for any other reasons it is their responsibility to offer you a full refund, or another departure as soon as possible.
No matter what form of transport you’re taking, make sure you talk to an official at the station or port to find out exactly what you’re entitled to. However, remember that as long as you were at the departure point on time with your ticket, they should offer you a full refund or a booking on a later departure free of charge.
Check the terms and conditions of your booking, and make sure you get exactly what you’re entitled to.
If you booked a package holiday
The advice above will also apply if you booked your holiday through a travel agent, or as part of a package deal. It is also important to remember that as a package holiday customer you can contact ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) for support and advice about your holiday schedule. You can also check out Package Travel Regulations to make sure you know your rights.
If you have a visa
If you’re delayed on your return journey and the trip was a little further afield, you may need to check your visa to make sure it hasn’t expired during the unexpected delay. However, there is no need to panic because if you are physically unable to leave there is very little you can do about this. You can always contact the British Embassy in your location for support and advice.
Check with the Foreign Commonwealth Office
The Foreign Commonwealth Office’s website posts the most up to date travel information and advice for every country worldwide, and they also warn of any dangers and restrictions currently in force. For example, certain locations may be deemed unsafe for tourists to visit, and so travel restrictions may be imposed causing delays. Remember that travel insurance will never cover you to travel against the advice of the FCO.
If you do face a delay, make sure you know your rights so you can continue with your adventure as quickly as possible.
Visit the Holiday Safe website for more information on affordable and specialist Motorcycle Travel Insurance.
Author Bio: Amber Howard is the Brand Manager of Online Travel Insurance provider Holidaysafe.co.uk. She is a travel enthusiast who loves writing about all things ‘travel’, from industry news to top destinations.