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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. www.indianajo.com is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  2. Dima D. Volovniks
    Dima D. Volovniks at | | Reply

    I missed my flight. Iam in Copenhagen and have limited budget. but.. Its sunshine, I boked another and had even some time to explore the city… its actually really nice place. Sometimes I think missing the flight is not such a bad thing. well, money, Yes, they are numbers, but experience of new places is what life’s aboute ….. Keep it calm and feel the life, numbers will be back. Moments on the other hand may never return.. 🙂

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  4. Ernesto on the go
    Ernesto on the go at | | Reply

    Jo, This is a great website which I found searching for information due to my post depression flight miss folly from yesterday. I travel a great deal for work and know my way around an itinerary, but I misread the departure time and thought we had a leisurely morning ahead of us, and that we didn’t have to be at the Rome airport until that afternoon. What we had written down was the departure time for our connection at JFK. Ugh! On the bright side, we now have two extra days in Rome, although not cheap, the lesson will stay with us forever. Happy New Year!

  5. Deimante
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    I’ve missed one today because I left my wallet (w/ ID, money, debit card) at home and they could have let me through but there were too many people. I did come only 1 1/2 early and I needed more time since I waited in a wrong line for coupe minutes, then asked when to go (didnt wait for a whole line) and I had 1 hour left and went to ask what to cause i dont have my ID. I was referred to many places. And it was too late. But i did have liquids, so I didnt have money to pay for baggage, so I had to make home anyways. I would hardly made it even w ID…

  6. Julia Clements
    Julia Clements at | | Reply

    Thanks for your blog. I missed my flight tonight as I was a bit too relaxed with time. It’s a painful lesson but next time I’ll be better prepared. Thanks for helping me laugh about it 🙂

  7. Sarah
    Sarah at | | Reply

    Ok, so for everybody reading this to feel better, I just came back from Thailand and am looking for any edge to get some compensation for the £510 I just had to pay when I missed my flight back. I paid £460 for an original return ticket. My insurance say they will only pay for “missed departure” in leaving and not coming back to the UK. Gutted. But on the plus side Thailand was amazing!

  8. Sarah
    Sarah at | | Reply

    I just missed a flight because of my own stupid mistake and this made me feel a lot better 🙂

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  10. jonny
    jonny at | | Reply

    I have had a couple of close misses, including getting on the wrong train at Brasov in Romania and only realising eight hours into my journey. (In my defence, it was late at night, and Romanian trains suck) By the time I realised my mistake and got off the train, it was midnight, but I still had five hours before my early flight to Belgium. Alas there were no trains scheduled to depart from” random train station in the sticks X” to Cluj-Napoca airport that would get me there in less than five hours – so I had to pay for the two-hour taxi ride all the way to the airport. I must have made the taxi driver’s day – I doubt he was expecting a lucrative job at that time of day…It cost me €60, so I considered myself very lucky that I was in such a cheap country; a similar error in Western Europe would have cost quadruple that easily.

    Just found your blog today Jo – nice work!

  11. globalmouse
    globalmouse at | | Reply

    I love this post!! Really informative and full of humour too!!

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