It’s nice to think that all the stories you read in magazines or travel blogs are true. That every place you visit will boast perfect beaches, an amazing culture, and happiness all around. Unfortunately, those stories aren’t all true. As soon as you start an adventure, you’re also inviting chaos and uncertainty into your life.
I mean, I’m not saying that all trips are terrible, but what you usually find in a story or online is a curated selection of the events. Of course, you’ll also find funny and nasty stories. They’re not the majority, but they tend to be more honest.
So, what exactly do you have to do in order to make your trip unforgettable for all the wrong reasons? Actually, there are plenty of creative ways. Let me show you!
1. Miss Your Flight
I’ll start this off talking about my father, who if left alone to plan and take care of his own trip, might not ever get back home! I’m being harsh, but he did manage to get confused between a.m. and p.m. and missed his flight spectacularly!
Imagine getting to the airport all packed and excited only to be told your flight has already taken off. He got upset and had to buy a new ticket for the next flight – and I’ll tell you, it wasn’t cheap!
2. Forget or Lose Your Passport
Your passport is your identity abroad and along with your credit and debit cards, it’s the one item you should have with you at all times. If you forget it, your trip won’t even begin as you’re probably not going to be allowed to leave the country.
If you lose it though, you might not be able to check in into hotels and you’re going to have a massive headache trying to get a new one. Sometimes your country’s embassy is based far away, which makes things even more annoying.
3. Get Lost
I actually love getting lost in a new city! Exploring areas that you otherwise wouldn’t and letting chance guide you. However, going off track in the mazelike canals of Amsterdam is one thing – finding yourself walking in a dodgy area of Mexico City is another.
You don’t want to be that clueless traveler holding a map in the middle of the street; you want to be the savvy one with GPS and the right smartphone application! It’s harder to get lost nowadays, but it does happen.