Seeing as most of us can’t leave our house right now I’ve had so much time to reminisce about my travels, or more so the disasters. For the purpose of lifting spirits and serving entertainment, let me talk you through them…
Going to Spain with 60 euros for the week.
Yup, you read that right. I forgot to bring my wallet, and was a broke college student, so only had 60 euros for transport and food. I really had to spend my entire week eating potato chips and walking everywhere, but it was one of my most memorable experiences. Weirdly, it was one of my most enjoyable too…
Not having access to Google Maps in Italy.
Picture this, first solo travel. 18 years old at the time. No connection to Maps. 11 pm at night. Not the most reassuring combo to start with, is it? Genuinely, this situation was one of the most panic moments I’ve had abroad. I had no alternative plan, like at all. I couldn’t even show any taxi driver the address I needed because it was only saved in Maps. I had to run inside the airport to find a member of staff who could help me out. In the end, a few people explained to a taxi driver which zone I was staying at, but it was definitely awkward. However, I got my first travel life-lesson here. Always make a note of your accommodation address. Even better if you physically write it down. You never know where your phone battery could run out…
Travel agent took my boarding pass then claimed I never gave it.
This one was crazy! A travel agent took my boarding pass to scan but then got distracted and put it down. Nothing too unusual here, but she then proceeded to tell me I never gave her my pass. My family insisted she did, indeed, have my pass but she refused to acknowledge this. This was way back before mobile boarding so I couldn’t show it on my phone. At this point, the travel agent was out here trying to tell me I couldn’t board the plane. Guys I was shaking! I couldn’t believe this was happening. Luckily her co-worker said I could be escorted onto the plane with the manager as proof that I was a “valid” passenger. The 10 minutes of stress felt like an hour, I promise you.
A random passenger was legit trying to jump onto my back.
This one is another from my first solo travel experience. A passenger kept trying to jump on my back. Yup I’m so serious. He was following my every move and randomly decided to jump in the boarding line for no reason whatsoever. Long story short, he got into a fight with some passengers as they were trying to defend me. Whilst this was going on, I had to give a statement to security about the creepy passenger. The end result? He wasn’t allowed to board the plane. Thank goodness.
Not being able to open the door to my Air BnB.
The host left the key under a mat but the door was old and traditional. Not the type of thing that opens with ease. The key just didn’t seem to fit. I was huffing and puffing for what felt like 30 minutes trying to get the key to turn but I had zero luck. I don’t know why, but I didn’t call my host to explain what was happening. I reckon I was worried the host would blame me for breaking his door. Lol. In the end I managed it, but only after knocking on the neighbour’s door for help. Safe to say he wasn’t pleased.
Potentially flooding an entire apartment.
The owners of the apartment didn’t tell me about a dodgy tap that just wouldn’t turn off properly. You could imagine my shock when discovering the fault myself whilst washing up. Water was splashing out with no sign of stopping. Within seconds, the sink was filling up so I had to think fast and use a bucket to get rid of water. I was completely freaked out. I couldn’t leave the tap unattended but I needed to catch my flight. After exchanging text messages with the hosts, I was told to just leave the water running. I couldn’t do that though, could I? Minutes were going by but I had run out of ideas. The only one I hadn’t tried yet? Putting all my force on the tap. It was sheer luck that the water flow was suddenly reducing. I really had no clue what I was doing haha.
Travel isn’t always glamorous so if you guys have had disaster moments let me know! I’d love to hear them.
Until next time!