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.

Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong - My Normal Gay Life Blog
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
Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Poolplay / Pixabay

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!

Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong - My Normal Gay Life Blog
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.

Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong - My Normal Gay Life Blog
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.


Have you experienced any travel mishaps?
Comment below! 

Looking for packing travel tips? Click here!

Want to take better travel photos? I’ve got some tips here! 

Worried about offending people? Cultural pointers here! 

Gay and concerned about safe travel? Don’t worry…read this! 

J Harvey

Pin Me, PleaseTravel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong

J. Harvey

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.

J. Harvey has 125 posts and counting. See all posts by J. Harvey

18 thoughts on “Travel Mishaps: 3 Tales of Things Going Wrong

  • November 29, 2017 at 7:35 am
    Permalink

    Oh my goodness – we all have these travel mishaps, don’t we! Mine mostly involve transportation. I usually have a great sense of direction…but all bets are off when in another country! I’ve gotten off at the wrong train stops before, had to navigate to other stops to catch connecting trains – it’s a nightmare!

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm
      Permalink

      In the moment, it isn’t so awesome but it’s never the end of the world!

      Reply
  • November 29, 2017 at 6:40 am
    Permalink

    Travel mishaps really come with every type of travelling. We just came from mountains and instead of repeated calls my husband forgot to keep our jackets. So, we were shivering but could bonfire for the longer spans. Travelling to some other country would be a real adventure. You are absolutely no matter whatever you do things do go wrong. It is just how you take up the stuff.

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm
      Permalink

      I agree! Learning to roll with the punches makes us all better travelers!

      Reply
  • November 29, 2017 at 3:45 am
    Permalink

    Travel mishaps are part and parcel of traveling. However experience you are they are bound to happen. But they only add to the overall experience. We have had our share too, but mostly they are around missed luggage and a missed train on account of being on the wrong platform at the right time. It happens all the time 🙂

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm
      Permalink

      Oh for sure! And sometimes they make for great stories later!

      Reply
  • November 28, 2017 at 7:50 am
    Permalink

    You have nailed some of the oft happening mishaps, but landing up in another country takes the cake 🙂 I am still laughing. I have never missed a flight but missed my train once when I was waiting for a train at one of the stations and the train did not even stop there 🙂 It just passed by.

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm
      Permalink

      This is the nature of travel. Things will go wrong…sometimes very freakishly wrong…but it’s all part of the adventure!

      Reply
  • November 28, 2017 at 1:12 am
    Permalink

    Oh I agree…mishaps too make for overall travel experiences. I did something similar to you guys as well on my first even international trip. I was on my way to Milan via Istanbul – I had almost a day so went out to explore Istanbul, somehow time flew by and by the time I rushed back to the airport, the flight was gone. Got to spend a cold long night on the airport bench 😛

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm
      Permalink

      Sleeping on a bench for the night is definitely no fun. Why didn’t you go book a room for the night?

      Reply
  • November 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    Permalink

    I have tried missing an international flight. We booked to Taiwan.. We were there for like 3-4 hours before but the error was— WE HAD TO EAT AT A RESTAURANT AT THE AIRPORT. We enjoyed ourselves and we were traveling with a group, everyone was taking their time and we realized we had to go to immigration already… Quite a while because we had to fill up forms. We had to beg personnel to let us in the plane because it’s still there but boarding is closed. They were very strict it was terrible. We had to book another flight and it cost us way too much. Terrible. Our budget was greatly affected.

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
      Permalink

      Missing a flight is one of the absolute worst mishaps. You’re basically at the whim of the airline at the point.

      Reply
  • November 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    Permalink

    I love how you clearly highlight the wonderful advantages of traveling, such as getting us out of our comfort zones and allowing us to grow from new experiences and cultures and at the same time you share some of the challenges that this lifestyle has, such as sickness. We definitely learn from it all, about life, surrendering and trusting that it all works out at the end.

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm
      Permalink

      There’s definitely a balance to be struck. Expert travelers usually don’t even have the balance perfectly. Just roll with it for sure!

      Reply
  • November 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Permalink

    Hehehe, you made me laugh with going the wrong direction in England! 😀 You’re so right, it’s the way we deal with those situations that actually determine our travel experience. I mean, look, you have few amusing stories to tell now, right! And I bet they probably make you laugh each and every time you retell the story.
    Yep, that’s what makes the journey interesting – all those little things that are just our own and original. As long as everything turns out well in the end, it’s all part of one great experience, right! 🙂

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm
      Permalink

      Haha! I just laughed. It’s all I could do at the time. Becoming angry would not put us back in England or closer to London. So laughing was the key in this situation!

      Reply
  • November 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Permalink

    Oh, we have definitely had our share of travel fails! I’ve written a blog post about it on my blog as well. But I haven’t yet left my baggage behind! Guess that’s because I always have it attached it at the hip, practically! I have missed flights because I misinterpreted one of the flight times — that’s an wasy mistake to make!

    Reply
    • December 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm
      Permalink

      Missing a flight is my least favorite thing to do. There’s no real fixing it…just have to buy another flight.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *