2016: Top Travel Blunders
Let’s be serious, everyone loves reading about someone else’s train wreck travel experiences. I revel in reading posts about what went wrong! Perhaps some sort of psychotic version of “learning from other’s mistakes”, mixed with both relatabillity & a little empathy. make it one of my favorite subjects! Buckle up and enjoy a few giggles courtesy of our TOP TRAVEL BLUNDERS OF 2016!
There may have been a time that I only booked airfare for ONE to Asia, when it should have been airfare for TWO. Once I caught the mistake the same flight route had increased so drastically in price, we had to book a different flight path & forfeit the mistake fare. Additionally, the AirAsia Pass is not worth purchasing due to lack of options/times! A much cheaper alternative is just booking the flights separately. We ended up forfeiting much of our pass due to inflexibility. This leads me into the next travel blunder…
A Busted Budget
You can read more about that here, but long story made slightly shorter, South East Asia left our pocket’s empty.
Crashing a Rental Car in Malaysia
Not sure this needs more explanation, but if you’re interested the entire debacle is documented here! Major takeaways from this experience; driving on the opposite side of the road in downtown Kuala Lumpur is hard & crashing a rental car while abroad is expensive.
This is likely not a popular opinion, but Bangkok ranks amongst our top 2 least favorite cities; ousted from the #1 spot only slightly so by Dubai. It was dirty, smelly, smoggy & full of scammers. More about Bangkok can be found here & here!
Transit Time in Sri Lanka
I take 100% of the blame on this one, but it is still a low point of 2016. If you want to spend 6+ hours a day in the backseat of a car hire, follow my itinerary! We grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take to get from one place to another in Sri Lanka, which often left us car sick & emptied our wallets fairly quickly. Learn from our mistakes! Plan your trips accordingly!
Forgetting a Power Converter & Losing an iPhone in Martinique
This mistake left us with 4 devices that we were unable to charge, one of which was our GPS! Let’s just say we quickly learned how to read a REAL PAPER MAP! Luckily we figured that out because my iPhone suffered a short, sandy death when it leapt from the top of our moving car. All attempts to recover the phone were futile and my only form of entertainment on the way home was a PAPERBACK BOOK! Can you even imagine that horror!? I had to read a REAL BOOK. This trip felt like a step back into the early 90’s. We did walk away with ONE TIP EVERY TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW! Check your TV for a USB port & you’ll be able to charge your devices without a power converter. It’s a very slow, trickle charge, but when you’re in a pinch it’s good to know!
So there it is, 2016’s face-palm moments. Some are funny, some are avoidable, some are a result of poor planning, but the silver lining was ticking off 6 new countries in 2016! Cheers to a happy, healthy, and adventure filled 2017! 🙂
Martinique (posts coming soon!)
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