Recently I posted a blog about my Top 5 Worst Travel Experience. For fun I ran a competition to hear about your own stories. Here are the three lucky winners stories, as I decided to award them all first prize. Along with one more story.
Each of the winners will receive a call from me, from the road sometime before I the end of the expedition in January. You can read my stories here.
Each of these stories are different. From harrowing and lucky, to dodgy and classic travel stories. It’s nice to know others out there have have not so great experiences from time to time.
Thanks to Charlotte, Sophie, Rochelle and Steven for sharing their stories.
Stuck in the wilderness with only the bears for company
When I was 15, I made the decision to canoe 570 miles down the Yukon River through the Canadian wilderness. The expedition would take place over five weeks the following summer, just after my 16th birthday, and it was decided that while we were there we might as well canoe the rapids of the Takhini River…
Charlotte’s story is so harrowing I’ll leave it to her to tell the rest of this amazing story here.
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I have two fairly bad travel experiences – both involving loosing or temporarily loosing my bags. First time I was on a boat in Thailand on my way to Koh Phangan I went to buy a drink came back and my bag bad disappeared. I feared it had been pushed off the side of the boat accidentally. It was my personal luggage bag with everything I really needed in it – passport, money, camera, phone, guide book… I spent the rest of the day in the police station. Teaches you that you actually can live without things and to value what you always have which aren’t possessions.
Second time was totally my fault, I ended up doing that classic (and rather silly) thing the night before going on holiday where you finish work and go out on the piss. Ended up having a brilliant night but was rather hungover the next day and left my bag on the plane by mistake. Whoops. I was at Geneva airport where the customer service team were particularly unhelpful. I then spent that day and the following day stressing and taking trains to and from the airport to pick up my bag. Great way to start a holiday! I have some other stories too, but what’s funny about all of these is that you realise that unless you are actually in danger, nothing is really that bad and you get through all of them being able to look back and smile and hopefully learn from you experiences. Best of luck with your expedition
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I was staying in a campsite in Paris near the infamous Bois de Boulogne. As it was autumn, and not very busy, I often had the whole female bathroom block to myself. That is until one particular morning when a male head suddenly appeared under my shower door. I screamed, wrapped my towel around me and exited the shower in time to hear him lock himself in one of the toilet cubicles. I waited a few seconds debating what to do when he suddenly burst forth and pushed past me and proceeded to make a run for it. I began the chase, shouting as I ran to attract as much attention as possible. Fortunately a young Frenchman tackled him and the police were called. They arrived in a Citroen, sirens blaring and interviewed myself, my boyfriend and the pervert. They then took us all down to the local police station – together in the tiny car.
The upshot was that the pervert was court ordered to pay me the sum of £300 for his transgressions. I was amazed to receive the cheque in the mail thanks to the French Police who saw fit to provide him with my London address!
And in 2nd place – because he missed the deadline
I fell off a big glacier, Franz Josef, NZ. 15 meters. (50ft) I should have died. I didn’t. I bounced a little, rolled some more, ripped the skin off my arm from elbow to wrist. Cracked my heel bone. Stopped bouncing and rolling 3 feet short of another, higher, killer drop, 40 + meters. I was lucky, no doubt. I even heard the guide say out loud, “I can’t believe he’s alive!!”
Read the full story here
- My Top 5 Worst Travel Experiences (bigoadventures.com)