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!

 

Airfare Mistakes

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.

BANGKOK

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!  🙂

Thailand

Cambodia

Malaysia

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Martinique (posts coming soon!)

 

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12 Comments

  1. Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel

    January 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Sri Lanka is such a small island but you’re totally right – the time it takes to go from place to place is insane! I chalk this up to busy roads and a lack of highways in some regions so you end up having to take the long way.

  2. TogetherInThailand

    January 9, 2017 at 7:24 am

    it’s so sad when things like this happen, but you live and learn! We (and by we I mean my tired, and overheated husband) lost the gopro in China. He just left it on a bench at the bus stop 🙁 7 minutes later when we went back, it was gone 🙁 so I get the iphone loss…I remember reading a paper map back when I was twelve, those were the good old days! LOL

  3. Josie

    January 9, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I have to agree with you about Bangkok – we didn’t like it either. To be fair we had two sick kids with us at the time, so that just made everything harder. Will still go back at some point to try to give it another go.

    I’ve written a whole post on my blog about the disasters I have been through!

  4. Barbara

    January 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh I can identify with so many of these, and add a gazillion more, but perhaps some of the worst include sleeping in and missing a flight from Sri Lanka, trying to 4wd in Jordan when I have no idea how to ride to rock hop (nearly destroyed the car!), and giving my three year old a gummy lolly during a flight (made her throw-up). You get the gist….but you know this is the stuff travel stories are made of 😂

  5. Meghan

    January 10, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I love how you are able to be so positive through these mishaps! Travel mishaps are so common. I love the one about Sri Lanka – I’ve done the same thing!

  6. The Travel Ninjas

    January 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Mishaps are so common when travelling. We’ve left a few things behind in hotel rooms, in drawers or plugged into sockets. We’ve also missed some multiple day tours that included meals and accommodation by mistaking the pick up location. Not only did we lose all the money paid, we had to pay for additional meals and hotels and totally change plans on the spot late at night. We are meticulous planners but mistakes always happen. We actually budget for a few of these for every journey.

  7. Hannah Lukaszewicz

    January 11, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Oh no Bangkok is our favorite big city in the world. You either love BKK or you hate it… I spent WAY to much time on the buses in Sri Lanka this June it tooks forever to go anywhere.

  8. Ispyprettyplaces

    January 11, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I enjoyed this. Not because I enjoyed that you had such blunders but as you say, everyone always talks about travel with rose tinted glasses. Our travel blunder was in Bali. We had an atm issue where the machine didn’t give us money but the money was taken from our bank account electronically. My husband got a bad sunburn (hell’s itch) and food poisoning by the end of the trip. We got screwed around and lost more money on boat trips from bali to lombok and (not that it is a huge deal) but we lost the key to our bike rental and therefore lost our deposit. Fun trip! I still haven’t brought myself to write about yet lol. Here’s to less blunders and more travel bliss.

  9. Sandy N Vyjay

    January 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    This is hilarious! Trips are incomplete without such blunders.
    We also end up not charging phones and other devices. Happy traveling!

  10. Chrinstine

    January 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the website is also really good.

  11. Agnes

    January 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I think the mistakes and unfortunate events make the best stories! I once rented a car and received it completely dirty with a half empty cold coffee left for us, with no gas or windshield washer fluid. Luckily we did not crash. I can only imagine how scary that must be when in a foreign country.

  12. neha

    January 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    These are some really honest points here. I totally like how you want others to benefit from your mistakes. So, in Sri Lanka, what alternative means of transport would you suggest to be more time and pocket effective?

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