by Richard D’Ambrosio, Travel Market Report / January 02, 2020

A stolen passport shouldn’t normally ruin a vacation, as experienced travel advisors know. There are a variety of ways travelers can protect themselves and obtain emergency replacements.

Still, sometimes things go awry, and as a Newsweek story that ran on July 16, 2019, described, headaches and unexpected costs can pile up when you don’t have back-up plans. According to the Newsweek story, 70-year-old Chris Crook and his 63-year-old wife Sarah were refused boarding in April 2019 on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer when Chris Crook lost his passport.

According to several reports, during a shore excursion in Rome, Chris Crook left his passport in a bag under a chair at lunch while he visited a bathroom. When he returned, the passport was missing. The couple reported the theft to the local police and headed back to the ship.

Read the full story here.