When you travel as much as we do in XOXO Collective, thing will sometimes go haywire. Luggage goes missing, air conditioning goes ballistic, and you might even need a rabies vaccination. Here is a selection of our worst travel experiences:
Waz from Letsnomnomblog.com: Last September, my husband and I flew to DC for a wedding. We flew in separately, and on the morning of my flight, I found out that it was delayed. There was another flight later in the day, but by the time I got through to a rep, that flight was all filled up. I ended up getting a refund and booked a more expensive flight on a different airline to get there in time for bachelorette festivities.
My husband’s flight was also delayed, and they lost his luggage. The airline told him to return to the airport the next day to pick up the luggage. It never showed up, and the airport was a good 1.5 hours drive from our hotel. He ended up skipping the wedding ceremony and attended the reception in jeans and a flannel shirt. Real classy.
We finally got his luggage when we were back at the airport checking in for our return flights. Our return flights were also delayed. Oh, and the airline lost his luggage on the return journey too!
Haiya from Passmethedimsum.com: My worst travel experience has to be the ride I took to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. All was well on the way to Cameron, but on the way back, the bus driver turned the AC on, on full blast. It was so high that it was blasting through the speaker holes above our seats even when we closed the vents. He refused to turn it off and said that it’s “automatic” and can only be turned off when the car switches off. 5 minutes before we reached the central bus station back in KL, he turned it off. To this date I can’t understand why he tortured all the passengers, some of whom were crying from how cold it was.
Sofia from Papayapieces.com: I honestly can’t remember any sole trips that were catastrophic. However, my worst travel experiences are when I come down with a fever at the beginning of the trip, which usually happens whilst in the plane. Prolonged cold air conditionings and I do not get along well. Thus my worst trips are when I have fever, am completely lethargic, feel freezing, and all I want to do is sleep, but I’m out trying to sightsee instead, trying not to loose the moment.
Sanne from mitziemee.com: I think I’ve had my share of not-so-fortunate travel experiences through the years, but the worst one? Hmm..I think it must be when I was in Thailand and got bitten by a stray dog. I was flying to Singapore the following night, and even though the locals assured me that the dog didn’t have rabies, I decided to go and have the rabies vaccination in Singapore anyway. I therefore ended up spending the whole night before Christmas in the waiting room at a hospital in Singapore. Merry Christmas to me..
Julia from Sweetescapes.net: I wasn’t really traveling, but I was in Thailand for my studies about 7 years ago. Anyways, back then I commuted a lot between Bangkok and Hua Hin and always used those minivans. I knew they weren’t the safest but fast and convenient. One night, we had a reckless driver (like usual actually…) who went way too fast on the highway. I had a window seat and saw that we were touching a motorbike with two people on it while overtaking another car. The motorbike crashed. We squeaked and the driver started realizing what happened. It was only a fraction of a second but it looked horrible! He stopped a few metres away and people already gathered around the victims and called the ambulance. I couldn’t see a thing but the injuries must’ve been so bad, that I don’t know if they made it… We passengers waited for hours by the road to continue our journey and another van finally picked us up. After that I was avoiding the minivans for a long time.
Hanna from TripsnKids.com: there are not so many bad travel experiences, but this came to my mind.
October 2011 I was travelling from Copenhagen via Hamburg to Dubai. My husband had just moved to Dubai and our then 1-year-old daughter and me were travelling to Dubai to see our new home. She had just been vomiting few days before (for the first time) and I was having doubts if she would have passed it on me as well. Days passed and I did not get any symptoms so we carried on our travel plan.
As we were in Hamburg, I suddenly started sweating and felt a bit slow. (It is your decision now if you would like to continue reading or not…) Once on board I felt even worse and before take off I had to ask from a flight attendant to get a fizzy drink. I still believed it would not get worse than that, but it did. Once we were airborne, I was feeling worse and worse and emptied myself the next 5 – 6 hours, more or less the whole flight. LUCKILY my little one was a heavy sleeper and just slept throughout the flight. Fellow passengers looked at me and some even offered help, but I assured I did not need help (I did not want to pass this on to anyone else.) Once we landed to Dubai, I was pale and weak, never forgetting that flight!