It finally happened Â – one of my greatest traveling fears – I lost my wallet in a foreign country.
Maybe it was the sleep deprivation after more than 20 hours en route, maybe it was the chaos of wrestling withÂ my squirmy 15-month-old, or maybe I’m just that absentminded, but I somehow managed to leave my wallet on the plane after a 14-hour flight from Washington Dulles to Beijing.
I realized it when we were at the baggage claim – far too late to turn around and go back to the gate. Â Before we left the airport,Â I contacted United’s baggage services, whichÂ had someone check around my seat on the plane for the wallet, without success. Â I also filed a claim with the airport’s lost and found. Â But I left the airport that day thinking it was gone forever. What a pain.