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Travelling Horror Stories

Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by die_piggy, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. die_piggy

    die_piggy Member

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    I thought it would be fun to make a thread about this as I am currently in one.

    I am at Wellington Airport with my dad (I'm 35, he is 78) sitting in a hire car waiting to check in for a 6:30am flight to Sydney. It's 9:30pm...

    I will let that sink in. This is an airport which is closed from 2 till 4 every day, but he still felt it prudent to arrive at the airport 9 hours early.

    We have been travelling together for the past 8 days, and it has been Great to see where my dad grew up, hear all his stories and meet a part of the family I have never been a part of. However some grevencies:

    • We have driven 2500 Kms this week. Guess who wasn't allowed to drive AT ALL
    • Dad didn't trust my phones GPS. He also didn't trust the GPS that was in the car HE hired. Guess who was blamed when he got lost?
    • Dad didn't want to pay roaming on his phone, so I switched mobile data off for him. All hell broke loose when he didn't get an mms message from the dog sitter back in Sydney!
    • We were out fishing (trawling) on a lake in Rotaruha when my line got a little tangled. He told me in a grumpy voice to give it to him, when I told him I was fine he got aggro and he almost took a swipe at my ear! (which he may have done 3 times in my life) Needless to say I got a little pissed at that, and have him a good dressing down. Thank God his older brother was on the boat, or I wouldn't have any one to talk to for the rest of that boat trip!

    Still, all in all, I had a great time with my dad, just very greatful that in about 15 hours I can bundle him back into his own car and go back to my life!

    Now, tell me all YOUR horror travel stories so I can feel a little cheerier!
     
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  2. oculi

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    Not seeing how travel has anything to do with this horror story tbh...
     
  3. waltermitty

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    take it to /r/raisedbynarcissists
     
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    Just boarding now. Not a single minutes sleep so far
     
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    Why 9 hours before? Why not just leave him in the car and walk to a hotel? Why not just punch him in the head?
     
  8. rickbishop

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    Yeah, this is your fault for still putting up with his shit. I told my old man when I was 15 that if he ever tried to hit me as a punishment for something that I would fight back, and yeah, we've had a few roaring arguments since (most of which I won by proving him wrong), but he has never since raised a hand to me.

    Just say no.
     
  9. Hater

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    I got bitten in the middle of the Sri Lanken jungle by a snake, and the ambulance took them 3 hours to get from there to the hospital (2 hour drive, 1 hour waiting for ambo) and as it was like 1AM, the only place open was a local hospital that was built by the British in the 40's. They sectioned me off and everything because white person which was weird.

    Anyway as I couldn't identify the snake, after 24 hours of observation I was released. If it was a dangerous one I probably would have died in the ambulance anyway which was reassuring.

    Oh, hospital fees? Nothing :D

    I had insurance anyway but not having to use it was nice

    I think it was more traumatic for Mrs Hater than what it was for me.
     
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  10. blankpaper

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    I went scuba diving in Cambodia and food poisoning kicked in just after we left dock for the overnight dive trip. I always get butterflies before diving so at first I thought it was that, but nope. Rough seas, 35 degree heat, blistering sun and my horrible seasickness is not a good mix with food poisoning. I went into the toilet, which was a black box with no lights or windows, and must have been 45 in there and starting shitting my brains out. The rocking and not being able to see anything made me want to vomit some more so I grabbed the bin and fluids began egressing at both ends at the same time, at rocket speed. I stopped for a second only to realise the toilet I'm sitting on is a marine toilet, which means the bin I'm burying my face in is full of shit-stained toilet paper, so naturally I vomit some more.

    After 20 minutes I come out a very broken man, covered in sweat and cramped abdomen hunched over like an old man. Everyone looking at me like I'm about to die. I pass out on the wooden deck for the remaining 2 hours until we got to the first dive site. I left a ring of sweat around my sleeping position like a chalk murder scene. Dive master didn't worry because apparently I was snoring the whole time, so "he'll live", in his words. I missed the first dive and manned up for the night dive and the 2 the next day.

    Vomited half the way back to town the next day. My abdomen hurt for a good week afterwards from all the vomiting.

    FWIW I'm an experienced diver and I know I get sea sick, but I enjoy diving and put up with the sickness bit. That level of seasickness was new for me, and obviously the food poisoning didn't help. Lesson learned: a 'fisherman's basket' in Cambodia is playing with fire, even if it's from a hotel.

    Unrelated dive story, I went up to South West Rocks to dive with the grey nurse sharks (fantastic by the way, I recommend it around mating season for sure). I was getting close to vomiting one trip and dive master gave me permission to jump in the water early, because bobbing on the surface of the water is better than rocking in a boat. I get in and start to feel a little better and continue suiting up in the water. We start descending on the dive and I feel the urge to vomit, so I do. It's totally fine to vomit underwater if you keep the apparatus in your mouth and resist the urge to pull it out. Not an eventful story really, but vomiting underwater is a really strange experience. You want to yank it out so you can open wide but obviously you'll drown if you do, and if you're too deep you can't just shoot to the surface (or risk getting the bends later) so you have to basically vomit through your bite grip on the reg. I kinda wondered if vomit served as berley for fish, but turns out no, they weren't interested in my vomit that day.
     
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  11. ShaggyMoose

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    I am traveling overseas in two weeks. Hoping I don't have to add to this thread...
     
  12. James086

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    I echo the sentiment in here, next time tell your dad he can do what he wants, you'll be staying in a hotel.

    The airline lost my bags once on a Sunday flight from Berlin to Dubrovnik. Arrive in Dubrovnik around 7pm so no clothes shops are open, I board a yacht for the next week in the morning at 9:30. I managed toiletries etc. in the evening but had 30 minutes in the morning to raid a tourist town for as much clothing I could find that fit me (the clothes shops there tend not to have more than 1 or 2 sizes, certainly not full of stock). I managed but I was dressed in the most eclectic manner for the next week. I got the airport to send my bag home to Australia and once I was in Italy I could find a suitcase and fill it with clothes.

    This other one is very similar to the stories about how someone was "supposed to be in the World Trade Center on 11/09/2001". I was on a flight from Glasgow-London-Kuala Lumpur-Perth purely because the stopover times were shorter than the other option Glasgow-Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur-Perth. When I arrived in Perth and switched my phone on I had loads of messages asking if I was ok which was rather confusing. When I replied I learned why; the other option that went Amsterdam-KL was MH-17 and was shot down over Ukraine. More of a horror story for the people who weren't travelling than for me.
     
  13. Nethiuz

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    Those kinds of things are pretty crazy, I never got that close but I did fly out of KL the day after MH370 went missing. The airport was a weird place that day.

    As for travel horror stories, pretty lucky to say I've done a lot with almost zero issues.
    Nothing international I can think of apart from Fijians ripping me off on beer prices.

    One day a bloke had a crack at stabbing me in a public toilet in Brisbanes Southbank just because I was white apparently. But that was more of a weekend away.
     
  14. rickbishop

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    Tried to cancel that yet? Or had it canceled on you?
     
  15. spokeydokey

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    blankpaper I'm told the pro tip is to swap to your spare air regs and hurl through them ;).

    Sounds like you've done it rough, but as you know, definitely worth it :)
     
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    Damn man you have done it rough!
     
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    Relocated to Vietnam for a few months off before starting up again (recently closed my company in Chile - was there during the riots), had to do a border run to change visa type so I could get a residency card. Decided to make a holiday of it and went to Cambodia for 3 weeks. Got back to Phnom Penh ready to travel back to HCMC and found out the visa letter I had now can't be used. Went to the embassy on the Monday to get our new visa directly and told to pick up Wed. Went to pick up the visa and told that as of midnight VN no longer issuing any new visas. So that's the end of that. Needed to extend the Cambodian visa but limited as only on a tourist visa. Thai border still open so bus to Siem Reap Friday, hopped in a car and went to Thai border that afternoon (6 hour bus, then 5 hour round trip). Got held up at immigration as we only went to Thailand for 10 minutes, but got through with a small lecture. Made it back through with a business visa for Cambodia, and good thing we went straight away as from Sunday Thailand now requires a $100K insurance policy covering COVID-19, and a medical certificate confirming a negative test for COVID-19 which you really can't get as no-one allows the tests to be used on healthy people. We're taking this as a sign to stay here, so will now be in Cambodia for the next 3-6 months...
     
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    The poor guy with reg problems gets my chunder reg. Only marginally better than drowning :lol:

    Nah, nothing life threatening like other travelers may have. Horrible at the time but a week later you can laugh about it. Another time in Cambodia I was in Sihanoukville and staying at a hotel run by an Australian guy, coincidentally. Was sitting down with dinner and in roll 80-100 US Navy servicemen who were on shore leave. After drinking the bar dry while jumping from the 2nd/3rd floor into the swimming pool the Australian manager comes roaring down with all swear words at 100% volume. I was surprised how quickly they turned from drunk messes to standing at attention and very respectful. They all left in an orderly fashion and that was it. I guess the US military really conditions them, they respected the manager's authority immediately. This was in 2010... I've heard Sihanoukville is super shit now with all the Chinese casinos, so I'm glad I saw it before it became this way, back when the foreigners weren't Chinese but Western pedophiles crawling the beaches instead. :sick:
     
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  20. ShaggyMoose

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    Cancelled on me. No one is going anywhere at this point.
     

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