In my last week’s post, I’ve mentioned that my husband forgot his expensive Nikon camera in Frankfurt airport. So, I wanted to follow up with an update on how things are progressing. But first, let me back up. Imagine a scene: My husband and I are settled in our exit row seats (always ask when you check in at the counter). Suddenly, he realizes that the camera is gone. We had about fifteen minutes before they closed the doors of the aircraft, so he decided to run to his seat at the gate and look for it.
Ten minutes later, he is still not back and I’m sweating bullets. In my mind I was picturing him being stuck at the airport, hoping that Lufthansa would put him on the Frankfurt-Orlando flight the following day (for free). The problem is, my husband is not the begging type. I figured he would just buy another ticket with CASH without even considering the “free” alternative. And I would be on the airplane the whole time, unable to do anything. The horror!
Then, of course, there was the issue of getting a place to sleep. I am the planner in the family. He literally has no clue how to make travel arrangements. How will he, an able-bodied man in his late thirties survive without me for one day?! Yes, I am a control freak, thanks for asking. I was seriously thinking about running to the gate when he finally showed up, camera-less.
He was so distraught about it, the last thing he needed was a nagging wife getting on to him. So, I told him not to worry about it. And really, out of all the things that could have gone wrong on this trip, this incident was a minor disappointment. Yes, the camera used to cost $1,000 on Amazon, but you can pick it up used on eBay for around $300. Of course, the worst part was losing all those photos of our trip. But my sister-in-law took many pictures and I did too. Let’s move on. I figured we would never see the camera again.
When we landed in Orlando, my husband texted his mom and briefly mentioned losing the camera. Her response: “Well, I found it!” Huh? I thought grandma finally lost her mind, since she was in the US the entire time. But nope, what she meant was that she contacted Frankfurt airport and they located the camera. Apparently, unbeknownst to us, my SIL texted her right before we took off from Frankfurt.
They gave her all the info and we started the process of arranging shipping to US. I figured it would cost $50-$60 max, seeing that it’s not a heavy item by any means. But after few days, we got this email.
Yes, the total is 125 euros, or about $140. Ouch! But it’s not like we had much of a choice, so we agreed to this arrangement. Reminds me of the time I grew up in Soviet Union. There were ads: “Fly Aeroflot planes!” The thing is, Aeroflot was the only airline available. So you had to fly it by default.
At this point we just wait for the camera, I guess. I did purchase a trip insurance, so I called and asked if by any miracle, this charge would be covered. The answer was No. I didn’t have much hope, but it never hurts to ask.
Consider leaving your junk at home
When you travel with kids, it’s extremely hard to keep track of everything. I recommend you make a policy of having one carry-on item per person, period. I actually opted to leave my purse at home and just used the backpack everywhere I went. It was a bit heavy at times, but I figured I would make up for lost time at Gold’s Gym, plus all the wonderful food I consumed during the trip.
I also encourage you not to let your kids carry anything expensive. My husband put a $200 electronic item in my daughter’s backpack and she forgot it in the taxi. We were able to contact the guy and he brought it back to the airport. Otherwise, we would have to ship yet another thing.
Don’t let mishaps ruin your memories of the trip
I know this is easier said than done, so use logic. Like I told my husband, $140 is a drop in a bucket compared to what we’ve spent on this trip. Oh, did I ever mention that travel isn’t free? BTW, when I say that, it’s NOT meant to be a dig at an excellent site Travelisfree Call me crazy, but something tells me the bird flying out of the cage means there is a double meaning going on.
Anyway, if everyone in the family comes back alive, unharmed and lice-free, I consider a trip to be a success. Travel can be stressful, expensive and a lot can go wrong. But it’s also exciting, thrilling, it’s life on steroids. I’m thankful that this is the worst financial loss we’ve experienced on this particular trip. Moving on to planning yet another adventure! Oh, and I told my husband we are leaving his camera at home next time.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.