Travelling is great, don’t get me wrong. You get to see different areas of the world, learn some history, indulge in local cuisines, and generally open your mind to the world. And if you look at Instagram and other travel blogs, travel seems like it’s all rainbows and unicorns. However, there are the times when travel goes wrong. Sometimes it’s a minor annoyance and other times, it’s downright awful. But, these bad experiences just make you appreciate the good even more! Here are a few of my travels gone wrong:
Being Robbed in Nicaragua
This would probably be the worst of it. My friend and I were walking down the street when she was mugged. After a little struggle and a chase, we realized that she wasn’t going to get here stuff back. See the whole story here. One thing I learnt from this experience (that’s not mentioned in the story), is not to chase the thieves. Your life isn’t worth losing over a camera.
Breaking Bones in Canada
My sister and I had unfortunate (and separate) accidents that resulted in us breaking an arm and leg, respectively. Only a day apart too. The result? We cancelled our trip to Europe.
Getting Sick in Cambodia
Days spent in a hot, stuffy room with a fever and throwing up. I am not sure if it was the food, stress, or my body just worn out. Either way, not an enjoyable way to spend beach days.
Having Flights Cancelled in England
This is one that can go both ways–good or bad. My first reaction after my flight was cancelled due to a winter storm, was “What am I going to do, where am I going to stay?” and the second thought was “Yes! Longer vacation!” I ended up staying an extra 3 days in London because of the storm and the plus side of that was my travel insurance covered my expenses. Yay for travel insurance!
Getting Into Arguments with “Guides” in Vietnam
Vietnam itself was pretty fabulous, probably one of the best countries I have visited, but there was some sketchy times. My sister and I had hired bike guides to take us around Saigon and when we stopped for coffee they started demanding more money. Places were closed, resulting in us “having to pay because they would have earned money if it was open.” It turned a bit hostile and made us feel incredibly uncomfortable/nervous.
Nearly Drowning in Hawaii
A beautiful afternoon at the beach turned out bad when I got caught in a rip-tide. I couldn’t get back into shore and was starting to black out when my friend was able to get out into the water and grab me. Dragging me back up to the beach, I was out of breath, dizzy, and almost passing out. This was years ago and the result of this was me not being able to go into an ocean without panic attacks. Four years later, I am just starting to feel comfortable in the ocean again.
Travel isn’t always glamorous nor fabulous. There are struggles, annoyances, and dangers. There are bad days and days that make you feel sad. But the reality is, these are things that end up making us appreciate the good parts of travel. Plus any experience is good experience eventually. You learn from bad experiences, travels gone wrong, just as well from good experiences. And who knows, maybe it makes for a good story years down the road!