It’s, to most people, the worst-case travel scenario that doesn’t involve a plane full of wild, man-eating hyenas. You’re on vacation in some far-off land, thanks mostly to a super-cheap fare you found on a discount foreign airline, and while you’re busy soaking up the local culture, your airline goes bankrupt.
You have no backup plan. You’ve emptied out your bank account spending on vacation fun. And the only way home is a last-minute ticket on a major airline, which costs more than your mortgage payment.