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What 'mistakes' or 'mishaps' have you had when travelling?
8 years ago, January 23rd 2012 No: 1 Msg: #150832  
We are off to Bali on Wednesday for 5 days and normally i wouldnt bother printing the tickets until the day of. Last night Hubby asked me if i had bought a seperate seat for the Little Miss (who is now 14 months) and I was fairly sure i had, but when searching through my emails it would appear i didnt buy her anything at all...no child seat, no infant seat - woops! So today it was a quick trip in to the Garuda office and managed to buy a child seat there for her and an infant seat back - lucky it wasnt the weekend and the Garuda office wasn't shut! I can actually explain the mistake as you cannot buy infant seats on the internet so i would have intended to go in to the office at some point and organise it, i just completely forgot.

Do others have stories of mistakes or things they have fogotten while travelling? Other than forgetting you have two children lol! 😊

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8 years ago, January 23rd 2012 No: 2 Msg: #150856  
I forgot my electronic access tag in order to log-in to my bank account - this is essential as it enables me to budget efficiently during my longer trips. it had to be sent to me by post, and I collected it when I was in Dubai. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #150866  
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I had an unexpected expense with my recent flight back from New Year celebrations in Sydney. I was flying Jetstar, with whom I had also booked another flight at the same time for a later trip.

When checking in, they told me I hadn't prebooked baggage with them. I was sure I had, but no. Bringing my bag back cost $AUD160.00 - probably would have been cheaper just to buy my bagpack a seat on the plane!

Yes, I have double-checked baggage is booked for the next trip :-) Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #150872  
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LMAO Tam! You forgot your child!!

Im always getting stung with baggage fees because i generally dont prebook them due to impulsiveness of travel habit. I had to pay $160 to jetstar too Jo, perhaps its their bloody standard charge.

Im not sure if this fits the question..but i recently bought an IPAD and a kindle after being on islands without electricity and some without wifi and found the island had been near a recent earthquake which explained my particularly crappy diving that morning..and the rumbling sounds..what earthquake?..

Im good at turning up at airports a day early or a day late..airlines must love me LOL. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #150875  
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Not that I plan on being a next time for on-the-spot baggage fees, but I wonder if you could instead book an infants 'seat', and just have your backpack on your knee for the whole flight.......? Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #150889  
oh not good to not be able to get to your bank accounts! haha, but i like the infant seat idea. One way it was $26 to add her for an infant ticket - way cheaper than your $160! Although...she does only weigh 9kg 😉 Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #150891  
I once left my money belt in the shower. Well, I left it in there a few times actually, but suffered the consequences only once. Somebody took 60 Euros worth of cash out of it at that time.

And, there was the time I went to the airport hours before my flight for a coffee and a relaxing break from childcare. A half hour before the flight, I decided to make my way to the plane, and discovered it was at the other side of the huge airport here in Munich. I had been so keen to get to a nice cafe and a coffee and magazine, that I didnt even think about going to one that is near the gate the plane would be at.

And, there was the time I flew to Dublin to sort out a bunch of stuff about my appartment, including bill paying. When I got there I discovered that I would only be there on a day the banks and most other stuff was closed, and than a Saturday and Sunday. At least, I had brought enough money with me, to have a good weekend.

And, the most annoying of all is times I would be woken up when my night bus has arrived. Then when hurrying off the bus, I would forget items such as the book I was in the middle of reading. Is there anything more annoying than losing a fascinating book?

And, sun burn: I got so badly sunburned when snorkling in Malaysia, that I even fainted, because it hurt so much. I really should have known better than to snorkle all day without a shirt and trousers on.

And, there was the time me an my daughter got Typhus, but didnt go to the hospital, because I thought it was a heat rash when she got it, and then I didnt know what it was when I got it, until it was too late to be tested to make sure that is what we had. So, we got immunised the hard way. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #150897  
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Oh God Mell, some of yours are horrific!!!

I made a boo boo today - I'm in Bangkok and I fly to myanmar tomorrow. So I have been here nearly a week. Ive sorted my visa, packed my bags and realised I dont have American dollars. So I have spent the entire day finding a bank that sells american dollars - its much harder than you think!!!! Finally I find one and my bank card will only let me withdraw £200! argh!

Still, it is now sorted, in the most complicated of ways but my bood pressure is still high and racing with anxiety. I am sure I have missed something...... Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #150898  
When Nikki and I flew to Iguacu falls we took about £250 and Nikki took her credit card. We spent most of that (about £230) in the first few hours on various trips, boat trip, helicoptor etc and when we tried to get some cash with Nikki's card she had forgotten to activate the card whilst in the UK. We spent the next 4 days living off of bread rolls we managed to smuggle into our bags from the breakfast hall at our hotel and with the little money we had left we still booked another trip lol. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #150901  
Luckily I haven't had too many scrapes recently, but I did have a mishap regarding an expired bank card. It was my first solo journey abroad and I was volunteering in Kenya at the time. I'd travelled 2 hours to the nearest cashpoint to make a withdrawal. It was only then I realised my bank card had expired and I didn't even have enough money to pay for a return journey to my village where I was living. After failed attempts to find somewhere that would let me use a phone or internet for free, I ended up standing on the street corner begging for cash off the locals. Luckily one kind lady obliged, and I returned to re-pay her 4 weeks later when my new bank card was sent to me.

Most of my early mistakes were nothing but naivety. Walking towards machete wielding demonstrators (when Kenyans were choosing a new leader after Moi) would be something I certainly wouldn't do now! Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #150902  
I almost forgot.........I've also been peed on twice! Once when the guy sitting next to me on a bus wet himself while travelling in Kenya. And another time in China when the guy opposite me lifted his daughter up and let her relieve herself in the aisle and over my leg. Wrong place at the wrong time! Reply to this

8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #150905  

When we left on our around the world trip in 2007 we wondered if the language barrier would cause us much trouble. We'd never been to Asia ---

We didn't have an issue until we got to the Netherlands....ok, you may be laughing now. We were on the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and they do not give the stops in English. We laughed at this because in many of the Asian countries announcements were made in two languages.

We realized at the last minute that a lot of people had gotten off at this train stop. We asked and it turned out to be Rotterdam. This was our stop....the doors were closing as we slipped off the train. We might have ended up in another country in a couple more stops. I imagine we looked rather comical to those of us sitting around us as we pulled our things together and scurried off.

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8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #150910  
I, by accident, had fruits and vegetables in my bag when going through customs at the Argentina/Chile border in the Andes. I forgot about it completely even though they had plenty of signs about it.

I ended up getting written up in the back rooms of the border and had to pay a $225 fine at the government building out by the prison of Valparaiso. Very stressful since i thought the fine might have been up to $1000, per the customs official. all for 2 oranges, an apple, and a tomato. whoops
[Edited: 2012 Jan 24 16:07 - annieandmatt:15608 ]
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8 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 14 Msg: #150915  
I should of added this story earlier. I lost my wallet once at Nairobi Airport (I left it in the scanner tray). So I had no money to pay for my visa to enter Ethiopia for a stopover. I explained the situation to Ethiopian Airlines staff, and I told them that if I can leave the airport and arrive at a bank in daylight hours (it was night when I arrived) I can get money - I had a currency on me that could not be changed at the airport but would at a bank. However, I needed some assistance in the interim, since I was flying them in the next two days, I could pay them back when I returned at the airport. They told me to "wait", which I did for a very time (1 hour). Addis Ababa airport is not the best airport to loiter for too long.

Tired of waiting, I went about trying to solve it myself, when I met an Ethiopian man who lent me the money for a visa. I then needed to use the regular free Ethiopian Airlines shuttle bus to get me to my hotel as I didn't have money for a taxi. Ethiopian Airline staff were again absolutely hopeless and told me to wait. I'd say another hour ensued, and with the queues almost empty I returned and gave one of my fake "angry" tirades. My voice echoed across the whole office and the immigration area and everyone stopped and looked at me. A senior staff member than spoke to me (finally!) and organised a place on the bus.

The next day, I changed my money, bought a huge box of imported desserts and went to the kind man who lent me the money to pay him back and give him the desserts. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 25th 2012 No: 15 Msg: #150921  
We were doing a 3 week driving trip around Tasmania and were only staying in most places for about 3 nights.

We were going from Port Arthur to Margate where we had booked a fairly new bed and breakfast but stupid me had forgot to print out the details.

We spent so much time in Port Arthur googling the name (which we had spelt wrong), tried ringing our credit card company to inquire if they could tell us the name of the place and we were really worrying.

Finally we got the address but it did feel like 2 days wasted from the worry.
It turns out that they aren't advertised very well and with a fairly uncomment and hard to spell name we weren't hitting any google hits. Grrrr Reply to this

8 years ago, January 25th 2012 No: 16 Msg: #150922  

Luckily I haven't had too many scrapes recently, but I did have a mishap regarding an expired bank card. It was my first solo journey abroad and I was volunteering in Kenya at the time. I'd travelled 2 hours to the nearest cashpoint to make a withdrawal. It was only then I realised my bank card had expired and I didn't even have enough money to pay for a return journey to my village where I was living. After failed attempts to find somewhere that would let me use a phone or internet for free, I ended up standing on the street corner begging for cash off the locals. Luckily one kind lady obliged, and I returned to re-pay her 4 weeks later when my new bank card was sent to me.



ShadyAdy, that reminds me of my husband when he went on a business trip overseas. Halfway through the trip he realised his bank card had expired so I had to shuffle all the banking around so he could access another card.

Lucky it was him and not me because I learnt from his mistake. Always check and double check all cards. lol Reply to this

8 years ago, January 25th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #150925  
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In response to: Msg #150922

Always check and double check all cards. lol



And passports! I noticed a couple of weeks ago that one of mine only has a few months left. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 25th 2012 No: 18 Msg: #150930  
Back when I was single (1990) after working in Antarctica I stopped to explore New Zealand and then warm up in Rarotonga. A friend and I rode bikes around the island (32 miles) on the one paved road (at the time) We got caught in a down pour the last few miles. It was a great deal of fun. Any way--- we got back to town and I had about 30 post cards in my fanny pack that I wanted to mail. We road to the post office and I dropped them into the box. As I am getting back on my bike I had this horrible feeling. I stopped and looked in my fanny pack.

You are not going to believe this --- but I had grabbed my passport that was in the fanny pack and stuck it in the mail box with the postcards. I was stunned at my stupidity. Oh gosh-- the errors of youth.

Any way---


We rode our bicycles to the police station and I told the police officer what I had done. He called the postmaster at home (on a sunday) and he came into town and opened the postoffice. He got out his mighty key, unlocked the box and gave me my passport back.

Oh---that would never have happened in America.

The simplicity of it all!

I am much more careful now.

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8 years ago, January 26th 2012 No: 19 Msg: #151001  

To DMJ Binklwy -- I once did much the same thing (in Washington DC) -- but I dropped my credit card in the slot instead. I checked the pick-up time and waited for the lettercarrier to come by. Even though the law is that once it's in there, you're out of luck, he kindly gave my card back to me. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 28th 2012 No: 20 Msg: #151114  
I left all my essential travel documents in the back of a bemo (taxi) in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. Our passport, our tickets and all our remaining cash (we had just withdrawn the last of our funds) were supposed lost. We were stuck in small town Indonesia with absolutely no money, no cards (no money in the bank anyway), no passport and a weeks travelling to take us back to KL for our flight home.

Almost nobody in the town spoke any English so we felt our chances of tracking down the random "taxi" we had caught from another town were pretty slim. In the end, thanks to the incredible generosity of the towns inhabitants, we miraculously tracked down the bemo and retrieved our possessions. All $800 in local currency untouched.

It may have been only six hours, but they were pretty excruciating times!

Another time I was refused entry back into India as i had not spent the requisite 2 months out of the country before re-entering. I ended up attempting to bribe the border guards. Although India pretty much accepts bribery as an integral part of everyday life, I was still a little nervous handing over my stuffed passport to a government official. In the end the backsheesh was accepted, indeed I think I may have paid too much!

Got stung by a scorpion in Nepal.

Caught Malaria in Pulau Banyak (fell ill in Germany thankfully!).

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