16 Stories of Travel Adventures That Caught Tourists Completely Unaware
When planning a holiday, we always hope that our trip will be as comfortable as possible and we do everything we can to avoid any incidents. But, as you'll surely agree, life often makes adjustments to even the most carefully thought-out plans. At best, those surprises can be merely annoying. At worst, they can turn all of your expectations upside down.
Bright Side has collected stories in which internet users share their most memorable experiences of road trips and holidays abroad and simply describe their travel preparations.
- There was this girl, Jane, working in our department. She was a very good employee; always keen to excel and learn something new. A couple of years ago, her grandmother died and left her a luxury villa in a prestigious neighborhood. Someone from our office told Jane that she could use her inheritance as a way to radically change her life. For example, she could rent the house out and use the money to settle down in some exotic place. Of course, this was a joke, and we soon forgot about it. Until one Monday, Jane came to work with a resignation letter in one hand and a ticket to India in the other. We all wished her the best of luck! ©MaxSpel
- Tourists are a peculiar folk. This story happened in the Ukrainian town of Mariupol. One foreign tourist decided to see if he could walk to the Russian town of Taganrog and back again in one day. As he set out on his journey, he joked to his wife that he was going to another town to buy some bread. Mariupol is about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukrainian border, and Taganrog is another 30 miles further away. When the guy reached the border, the guards asked him about his destination and the purpose of his visit. He answered, "I'm just walking to Taganrog to buy some bread!" The guards began to suspect he was crazy so he gave them his wife's phone number. They called her and the conversation went something like this:
"Are you and your husband currently staying in Mariupol?"
"Yes, but my husband is away right now."
"Where is he?"
"We ran out of bread, so he went to Taganrog!" ©Zulule
- There is a theory that our universe is infinite and because of this, it might contain copies of our own planet. Just imagine it - a spaceship travels millions of light-years in search of alien worlds...only to touch down in Oklahoma. ©Faxmaq
- I went on a tourist trip to another country recently. I had almost no knowledge of the local language so I didn't really feel comfortable being surrounded by crowds of people I couldn't understand. Also, everyone seemed a bit too carefree and cheerful for my taste. There were too many people smiling everywhere. And then, amidst all these happy, smiling faces, I suddenly heard, "What the hell are you smiling at, weirdo?" in my mother tongue. It was the best moment of the entire trip! ©Evgeha
- My friend went to Brazil last year. Upon his arrival, he was immediately warned about the local crime rate. Also, he was advised not to visit the beaches at night, since there was a high risk of bumping into one of the numerous youth gangs. However, he didn't heed the warnings. In his own words, here's what came of it, "Right from the start, I overdid it with the sunbathing and burned my skin pretty seriously. So I decided to take my chances and go for a swim at night when there's no sun but the water is still warm. When I got to the beach, I was immediately surrounded by a group of 10-15 youths. They didn't waste time and immediately took my T-shirt. This didn't stop me from returning to the beach the next night. Once again, the same thugs surrounded me but this time they didn't take anything. On my third nighttime visit to the shore, they simply waved at me. And on my fourth, they gave me back my T-shirt. On the fifth night, we had a drink together, something that tasted like a mixture of rum and brandy. Then, on the sixth, I brought the guys some proper alcohol and a couple of 6-packs. In the end, I was driven back to the hotel in the thugs' car, followed by an entourage of scooters and mopeds." ©romaholod
- My Russian friend told me this story from his trip to Cuba: "There I am, standing with the rest of my tourist group, listening to a smiling guide telling us about the pleasures of life on the island. Suddenly, the guide interrupts his lecture and says, 'We really love Russians over here. So much so, that we've even got a saying, 'Russian people are famous for their ability to find a way out of any kind of trouble. The only thing they're even more famous for is their ability to find a way into every kind of trouble.' And then he looks at us, and gives us a really big smile." ©delicesss
- Recently, my friend and I went on a trip to Spain. To save money, we shared a single room at our Madrid hotel. The room had a double bed that was actually 2 beds put together. Of course, we always moved our beds apart before going to sleep. However, every single morning, the hotel maid unfailingly pushed the beds back together. Not only that but she also never forgot to put a rose on one of them; on my bed, to be precise. Whatever gave her that idea? ©berd2003
- I just don't understand the kind of tourists who keep complaining about everything under the sun, saying things like, "Well, Goa didn't impress me in the least...France is way too dirty...There's nothing worth seeing in Germany!"
Whenever I'm away from home (even if we're taking a trip to a neighboring town) I'm always like, "Wow, what an interesting monument! Your pavement looks so different from ours! This is so cool!" ©Lirica
- Traveling is my passion. I've already visited many different countries, and what's really amazing is that this cost me next to nothing. Of course, my vacations are somewhat different from ordinary tourism; I don't sunbathe on sandy beaches or ski down snow-covered mountain slopes. All I do is explore different cities. I walk the streets, stroll around the squares, and generally enjoy myself, feeling like a local. And all thanks to the internet! Whenever I have time, I open up Google Maps, put on some quiet music, and let my next journey begin. ©JuggerDown
- This morning, I suddenly decided to go for a walk. A really long walk. So, I set off to the neighboring town. I've covered about 40 miles on foot, and so far, I have no desire to return home. I guess this makes me an explorer...or a hobo. ©fragarena
- It never ceases to surprise and even sometimes annoy me that, in Europe, everything is closed on the weekends. Even buying yourself a can of Coke is out of the question, not to mention visiting a cafe. Saturdays are tolerable but Sundays are downright impossible.
Once, when I was on vacation in Italy, I got stung by a jellyfish. This caused me great pain and scared the heck out of me. I hopped over to the hotel and asked an employee for assistance. Staring at my extensive wounds, he said in a shaky voice, "You need to go to the pharmacy at once and buy some ointment! The pharmacy is just around the corner!" And then, he suddenly added in a lazy, half-hearted tone, "But it's Sunday. So everything is closed." ©KuzmaStepanych
There's a cleaner working in our office. Her salary is nothing spectacular. She usually comes in the afternoons and proceeds to mop the floors, always wearing the same outfit. The woman has a son and a grandson, but they live separately and as far as I know, she doesn't support them financially. She's not very good at her job, but that's not too surprising. Anyway, she's famous among our staff for having visited most of Europe several times already. She's also been to Egypt, Tunisia, the Emirates, and many other places. On average, our cleaner goes on trips abroad 4 times a year. Right now, she's on another voyage to Egypt. As for me, I'm sitting at my desk, thinking, "What have I done wrong with my life? My salary is twice as big, yet I've never been abroad!" ©Lirica
Have you ever had any bizarre travel experiences? For example, realizing that you've left your passport and plane tickets at home half an hour before departure? Share with us in the comments below!