Storytime: Embarrassing travel moments (Yikes)

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I was thinking about my previous posts on my travel disasters and decided to do one on my most awkward or embarrassing travel moments. I can still remember how RED my cheeks got during these situations that is how much it has impacted me hahaha. I will link my travel disasters post just in case any of you missed it: Storytime: My travel disasters.

Part 2 is here: Storytime: My travel disasters part 2.

For dramatic effect I am going to countdown…

5. This one is so stereotypical I can’t believe it happened in real life. Picture this, a line of hungry college students in the States. Now picture me at the front of the line ordering an omelette. Add a British accent to the mix. Can you see where this is going?  The chef was asking me what I wanted in my omelette. As soon as I mentioned ‘Tomato’ the chef looks at me and starts laughing? ‘What?’ he asks. I repeat my order. The chef is looking at me and just standing there. The chef starts roaring with laughter and I had no idea why. I kept repeating my order and he was still laughing. Not like a nasty laugh but a LAUGH. I felt like I was in the queue for hours and hours I could literally feel myself going red. It was causing quite the scene. Luckily, after what felt like a year someone behind me shouts ‘I think she means *Insert an American saying tomato*’ The chef looks at me and goes ‘ohhhhhhh!’ but I was so mortified I literally ran away. I was like 20 years old at the time I had no idea why I ran away but it made it so much more awkward the fact I left my plate and just ran? What was I thinking? I still cringe when I tell people this story.

4. Knocking on the wrong door at an Air BnB at night. Yup. The worst part was I was absolutely sure it was the right door so I kept insisting that I was coming to stay and that we had spoke before through text. The house owner looks at me like I have gone crazy and kept shaking her head. She asked me to show me the email and when I showed her she literally sighed with such disappointment in her voice. I knew at that moment I had got the wrong address. Oh boy. The worst part was that the house I needed was only a few doors down but the doors had no numbers so I just had to go by what looked most similar to the picture. I had potentially woken up someone who was asleep. The way I avoided going past that door for the whole trip was NOT fun as I had to take a longer route just to exit the building every morning. Want to know what that consisted of? Going up 8 flights of stairs. Oh the shame.

3. This one throws it back to my solo travels. I was walking around taking photos of everything when I completely miscalculated my step and went FLYING. Before I knew it, I was face down on the floor in a very touristy area in Milan. When I say I was face down I literally mean my face was on the floor and my hands were spread out like an actual starfish. The worst part is that I didn’t even try to get up. I wasn’t injured but I just didn’t move for some reason. I think I was probably trying to take in how I was going to face hundreds of people when I eventually stood up. Well, huge groups of people came rushing over, trying to help me up. I have no idea where but I just know someone out there has a photo of this moment because I was probably in the background of a tourist photo. Sorry for ruining the pic!

2. I was at the train station in the UK with two of my friends who came to visit. We were heading to London when I noticed the train was too quiet to be a London train. I decided to step off to have a look at the board and yup… The train started going. It turns out we had taken the train before the one we actually needed. This was my worst nightmare because my two friends were not from the UK so had no idea what to do. I RAN to the customer service desk and asked them to put an announcement telling my friends to get off at the next stop but they told me without knowing more details it was impossible. I literally lost a shoe in the process of running and my entire outfit was falling apart. Let me just say, the train was going to some place FAR FAR FAR AWAY. I was so worried about my lack of time. Common sense kicked in. I called my friends but the first phone I called didn’t get through because it was an American phone. By absolute luck the second number I called managed to get me through to my friends. They told me they were coming back to the train station I was at. THANK GOODNESS I HAVE FRIENDS WITH INITIATIVE. They eventually made their way back and we got on the right train but imagine if they didn’t get off the train at the next stop or imagine if I didn’t have my phone. 

1. Without a doubt, my most embarrassing travel moment was when I was boarding a plane to Spain. I had with me a mini suitcase and a backpack. When I say backpack, I mean a bag so big you could probably fit the entire suitcase in there. Wheels and everything. I did not think any problem would arise as I have used this larger bag for all my travels. However, I obviously did not read the new policy update on the bags because as the staff members were checking my passport, they scanned their eyes down to my two bags. Ok listen, I am not sure if airport staff get paid commission when they make a charge right before boarding but let me tell you, the way the lady happily took out the card machine I just knew she thought she had hit jackpot. She proceeds to tell me I can only have one bag and that the cost would be ……….. wait for it……………you ready? 75 EUROS. Excuse me? 75 euros for one bag? Obviously I was not going to pay that. However, I didn’t have much time. The line was moving. I tried to take out everything in the bag and put it in my suitcase but my suitcase had a hard shell so it is near impossible to squish everything inside. There was no way I could fit it in. Then I had an idea… I noticed a few people in front of my with no bags at all, just a folder with passports. One of the girls must have seen me looking at her lack of baggage and literally read my mind when she said ‘Do you want me to take it on for you?’ At this point I was desperate! To be honest, if I saw someone in a similar position I would have asked the same question so I knew I had to say yes to the suggestion. The staff member comes back and sees me with just one bag and THE WHOLE GATE STARTED CLAPPING but she doesn’t know why. Then the whole departure lounge joins in for no reason. Can you picture how awkward this is. Urghhhh. 

That wraps up my post! I would love to hear your most awkward moments. If you have a story let me know RIGHT NOW 

 

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Hahaha really good post!

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  2. Hahaha, hilarious!!😆😆😆
    The 4th one, I mean I too experienced it not while travelling though..
    I knock the wrong door, when I was high on new year’s night!!
    I just don’t know I was knocking the door of my neighbour that too at late 4 in night, I was drunk and as soon as they opened the door, I fainted on her shoulder and next day woke up surrounded by my parents, and flatmates because in their eyes I was very sincere guy, but that day my pretence revealed!!🤣🤣
    The 3rd one, is quite relative too.
    I saw some people who fell down on street, by mistaking or forgetting the step.
    When I was in Mumbai(India), there’s location of fashion street which is known for clothes, accessories as it name suggest.
    Me and my friend was on our way to hang out on those sunny days, but what we saw is hilarious..🤣🤣
    we saw One girl, who was constantly talking on a phone with someone
    She was just clashed with the street light and fell down, I am damn sure she was hit badly but in my wonder she woke up immediately and starts talking on phone soon, I mean she was so busy in call that she even forget she might got crack somewhere

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    1. Hahaha oh my goodness that sounds like quite a moment 😂 how did you react when you woke up ?!

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      1. It’s one of the memory, still put a baggy smile on my face when I used to remind it and narrate it!!😆😆
        React? You think I am able to react in that moment? I was shy and observing all faces with question mark on those faces. “You too?” I was laughing and felt ashamed at the same time, i was in different state of mind don’t know how to react to those question, so thought, better to left them with suspense!!😂😂
        Really it’s one of the lifetime share, 😄😄
        Just because of you shared your travel embarrassed moment, enforced me to share mine too!!🤗🤗

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      2. That’s so funny 😂 I’m glad it inspired you to share your embarrassing moments !

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  3. So nice of the girl for taking your bag! I’ve had that experience where I thought I was following the baggage limit and BAM during boarding they surprise you with the card machine and a hefty charge. I was fuming, and I’m not someone who fumes haha

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    1. Right! I was so grateful because the thought of paying a huge charge would ruin my whole trip 😂 oh no! I can totally understand why you would be fuming I would be too !

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  4. keirahancock says:

    Love these honest stories 🤣 my favourite is the fact that you stayed lying face down after falling, not wanting to face the humiliation – definitely sounds like something I’d do too! Good to know we all have awkward and embarrassing moments when travelling 😂

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    1. Glad they gave you a giggle! What has been your most embarrassing travel moment ?? Im curious !

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      1. Keira Hancock (@traveldreckly) says:

        So many to choose from! I’ve almost flooded a bathroom in an Airbnb while the owner was next door 😂 my main one is probably missing my bus home after visiting Mt Vesuvius; ended up hiking down the volcano for a couple of hours before hitchhiking the rest of the way down. Then having to try find the train station in the middle of nowhere with no signal, low battery and no one in sight – definitely an experience that left me looking like a numpty 😂

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      2. Oh my goodness the flooding one happened to me too! In an Air bnb too 😂 Wow I don’t envy the walking around with no signal, recipe for disaster 😂

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  5. Catherine says:

    These were all funny to read, and I suppose anything embarrassing in retrospect sounds hilarious. The way you write posts is so engaging! I didn’t miss a single word. Can’t wait to travel more when it is safe to do so 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh me too I can’t wait to unintentionally make more embarrassing moments haha

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      1. Catherine says:

        No problem! I’m so happy I found your blog. It’s really fun 🙂 x

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      2. You’re the sweetest! Thank you ✨☺️

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      3. Catherine says:

        No problem at all! x

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  6. Not only funny, but sooo relatable! Would you like your story to be featured on our blog? ☺️

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    1. Right! I feel like when I travel all my funny moments happen, sure go ahead 😊

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      1. Hey! Would like to let you know that we posted and shared your story: https://badassfemaletravelers.com/2020/08/16/storytime-embarrassing-travel-moments-yikes/

        Let us know if you’d like us to change anything. Happy to share your wonderful tale!

        – Dee

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      2. Everything is perfect thank you for the kind words ☺️✨

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