Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong

Travel is both one of the most fulfilling experiences of our lives and also, at times, a source of stress. It’s exciting to journey somewhere new not knowing what to expect. In fact, it’s downright exhilarating! But the uncertainty is not always as exciting as it seems. That unknown can lead to so much stress…though not always. These travel mishaps will definitely put a damper on things but don’t need to be the end of the world.

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Alfred loving Chatsworth House
What goes right…is not a travel mishap

One of the greatest aspects of travel is the ability to have a plethora of new experiences. Walking through a new city opens the doors to explore a different culture, try foods we never imagine, and see historic art and architecture. I always love to take it all in…the smells, the atmosphere, the feeling of the city. It’s that life flow I get from new places that keep me going. You’re bound to meet new people and feel things you’ve never felt before. Expect to step out of your comfort zone at times and just go with the flow. That’s why any of us travel.

Travel mishaps…when things go wrong

Nevertheless, there are times when things don’t really fit into this postcard-perfect expectation of travel. That’s when things get real. You see, sometimes this crazy universe likes to throw us for a loop or two. Travel mishaps are a fact of life and seasoned travelers know even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. Sickness, robbery, scheduling…all of these things can throw a wrench into plans. All we can do in these situations is sit back and relax a little. Things will work out one way or another even if it’s not how we expect.

I consider myself a pretty experienced traveler at this point. But even I am not immune to travel mishaps. In fact, most the travel bloggers I know have a few stories where things just didn’t work out. As for me, the big moments of travel implosion always involved my husband, Alfred. In this sense, I’m fairly fortunate because it’s easier to deal with something when you can share the burden with someone else.

Travel Mishaps: Missing an international flight
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This happened on the first international trip we took together so it added just a little more stress to the situation. On our way to Ireland, our flight connected in Atlanta, Georgia. We had about 2-3 hours of wait time so decided to head to the airport lounge to have some snacks, free alcoholic beverages, and use the WiFi. Sitting in the airport lounge and enjoying a good number of drinks, the time sort of just slipped by us. Earlier, Alfred asked me to let him hold my boarding pass so I wouldn’t lose it and as we are walking to our gate, a look of panic comes over his face. He starts running and tells me to hurry. At this point, the alcohol did the trick and I really could not be bothered. You see, he mistook the board departure time for the boarding time. I figured the airplane door was closed and there was no way we were getting on that plane. He ran and by the time I got there, my suspicions were confirmed. We missed our flight. In the end, everything worked out and we spent an extra day exploring Atlanta.

Travel Mishaps: Forgetting the Luggage

Preparing for a road trip is an important lesson in preparedness. I tend to be on top of things when it comes to packing ahead of time. We were driving to central Florida and I packed the night before the trip. I make sure I have plenty of time to prepare for a trip so I don’t forget anything. My lovely husband, however, likes to put things off until the very last minute when it comes to packing. The night before our journey I packed my bags and asked him to pack as well. He said he would just do it quickly in the morning. So in the morning, he packed all of his things into our bag and we started driving to Florida. When we arrived at our Airbnb, I walked in with my shoulder bag and began getting ready for dinner. I nonchalantly told Alfred that I’d wear a shirt I packed into our other bag.

“What other bags?” he asks.

“The bag with all our clothes and everything in it, Alfred. Don’t play with me like this,” I say.

“I forgot to put in the car,” he says.

You can imagine how stressful this immediately became and the conversation that ensued.  We are 500 miles away from home and have no clothes or anything. Alfred made everything better when he told me we could go shopping. So it all worked out!

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Florida living!
Traveling Mishap: Getting Lost & Ending Up In Another Country

This is the last story! Alfred and I traveled through the UK by car and it was an incredible trip. But, as you’d expect, a few arguments happened. One particular day, we argued about seeing so many Neolithic sites which I was just not really into. Alfred loves stuff like that; I don’t. It’s simple. That day we visited three Neolithic sites including a Barrow, Avebury Stone Circle, and Stonehenge. They are interesting for a while but I had enough. So after we stopped arguing, I decided to be nice and quiet realizing I had been quite an ass earlier. He was driving and I didn’t want to make things any more intense so I let him be. We were headed to Windsor Castle which is close to London…in England. Instead,

So after we stopped arguing, I decided to be nice and quiet realizing I had been quite an ass earlier. He was driving and I didn’t want to make things any more intense so I let him be. We were headed to Windsor Castle which is close to London…in England. Instead, we ended up at the Windsor Castle Hotel close to Cardiff…in Wales.  Yeah, that’s right…my husband drove us to practically another country in the wrong direction. All I could do was laugh and then we began our even longer trek to our hotel near London.

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Dome of the Rock
Lesson Learned

The moral of the story here is things will go wrong when you travel. No matter where you go, something is bound to happen. We can either deal with it in a positive or a negative way. But the way we deal with travel mishaps can really determine the quality of our experience. In hindsight, all the experiences above are actually pretty funny. Sure, at the moment it was stressful and frustrating but the world did not end. We kept traveling and having a great time. Now, I have some pretty funny stories to tell people. In the end, stories are the main purpose of travel.


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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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