Embarking on a journey filled with excitement and anticipation, people sometimes face unexpected travel mishaps that make for unforgettable stories. A user asked on a forum, “What is the dumbest travel mistake you’ve made?”
Here are some responses he got!
BOOKED A WRONG TICKET
“I booked a train from Venice at the Trenitalia site. When the train never arrived, I discovered I’d booked a bus. We missed it.”
BOOKED A TICKET FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR
“I booked a ticket to the Anne Frank museum tour and stood in line. The ticket was for the following year.”
“Not me but my husband. He noticed his passport had expired the night before our first trip to Barcelona. Hotels were nonrefundable then, so I waved goodbye and did the trip solo.”
BROKEN BEER BOTTLES
“Mine was an inexperienced 19-year-old traveler bringing lots of German beer to Liverpool in a duffel bag. About 10 or 12 bottles broke, the bags on the conveyor belt were soaked in beer, and the people angrily mumbled over it. Then mine came, the bottom was drenched, and eyes were all over me as I quietly snuck out.”
LEAVING ALL CASH AND ID’S IN THE HOTEL SAFE
“leaving all cash and IDs in my safe in the hotel room in Mexico and going into town with only one credit card. I didn’t realize it until I had to try and get a ride back to the hotel, and no one could take credit. No banks would give me a cash advance. Had to beg a shopkeeper to charge my card for cash – he charged me $80 and gave me $30.”
MISTAKEN FLIGHT TIMINGS
“Arriving at 1:00 pm for a 1:00 am flight…12hrs too late. The flight was from India to the US, which was a costly mistake.”
EATEN A WRONG MEAL
“I ate a meal with raw vegetables at a gas station on the bus from Kathmandu to Delhi. Big mistake, was ill the remainder of the trip.”
CARRYING A PARCEL OF RAW MEAT
“I agreed to carry a parcel of raw meat home to LA from some acquaintances in Dhaka. I had gotten ill in Dhaka, so I was in no mental state to question why the hell they would want me to do that. It leaked blood inside my luggage, which ensured the customs officials wanted nothing to do with it. I still wonder what that was about.”
FORGET TO CARRY UNDERGARMENTS
“I forgot underwear on a three-week trip to South America. No offense to the Brazilians here, but let’s say their men’s underwear style was not my idea of comfortable.”
FORGET TO CARRY PASSPORT
“My friends recently were visiting the EU (they’re not EU citizens and require a visa to be there) and decided to go on a day trip from Munich (Germany) to Salzburg (Austria). It never came to their mind to grab their passports as it’s their first time in Europe, and they’ve thought, “There are no state borders inside the EU.” They got lucky on the way there, but on the way back, there was a police check on travel documents. They were taken off the train and spent a couple of hours at the police station trying to contact the hotel so the staff would get into their room and take photos of visas. Ended well, though – the police released them once the photos were sent.”
PICKING UP THE WRONG BAGS
“Took a redeye charter to the Greek islands. I opened the duty-free on the plane and got drunk and wasted, as good 19year olds do on a boy’s trip. Arrived. We saw our two bags on the luggage band. I grabbed them and took the chartered bus to the hotel. I crashed in bed after checking in to the hotel. After 1 hour, got woken up by the tour guide knocking on our door. He had two identical bags in his hand. He informed us we had taken other guests’ bags at the airport.”
CARRYING SINGLE PAIR OF SHORTS
“I went on a weeklong rafting trip down the Grand Canyon and realized at the 1st camp I had only brought one pair of shorts to wear, which were white. They certainly weren’t white by the end of the trip. I had to wear them every day.”
BOOKED A HOTEL IN THE WRONG COUNTRY
“I drove up to Niagara Falls from New Jersey and realized when my GPS directed me to the border that I had booked a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, instead of Niagara Falls, New York. And I hadn’t packed my passport.”
DIDN’T CHECK WEATHER PREDICTIONS
“I booked a trip to Istanbul in December, assumed it would be warm because it was in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, didn’t check the weather predictions, didn’t pack any warm clothes, and it was snowing when I arrived.”
BOOKED RENTAL CAR FOR WRONG DAY
“Booked my rental car for the wrong day (the flight landed at 1 am, and I booked for the previous day). The rental company was inflexible, so I shelled out $500+ twice for a 4-day rental. Then I discovered a cab to and from my destination (where I didn’t need a car anyway) would only cost $150.”
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