12 WTF Travel Moments

//12 WTF Travel Moments

12 WTF Travel Moments

Sometimes a girl’s gotta go on a rant…especially when it comes to the hoop jumping that comes with traveling.  So many things that have absolutely zero logic behind them and make me shake my head and/or drop my jaw.  Life on the road is amazing, yes, but there are situations you get into that are beyond trying.  Some situations cause you to question if there is any common sense left in the world, while realizing if there is it’s not found at any airports or train stations.  Most situations though are just funny and make you realize how different each country is from the next.  Traveling continues to keep broadening my horizons.  
Here are a few moments that caused me to have a real “moment.”  Not all were bad moments.  Some are really positive, but each one did confuse the hell out of me and make me laugh.
1.  Trains in Europe.  There are some instances when you purchased a “seat” and don’t actually get a seat.  The ticket will say “unassigned,” which basically means you’re sitting on the ground if all the cabins are full.  And watch out because sometimes they leave the entry door open as they go.  Get too close and you’re a goner.
2.  Cliche twisted cab drivers.  So many cab drivers will rip you off.  They try to charge 10x the actual price then will backdown after hard bargain.  It’s worse in some countries more than others.  You always have to do your research on what prices should be before getting into a cab.  I always negotiate.  

His face after i negotiated him down to 100 baht.

3.  Room mates on room mates on room mates.
 It happens ALL THE TIME.  You’ve paid for a specific 6 bed dorm room at a hostel and end up with 8 to 10 to 12 room mates.  And no, it doesn’t matter if you complain.  This isn’t “The W” back home.  It’s a hostile…I mean HOSTEL.

4.  Bathrooms.  Many bathrooms in Asia are without toilet paper…and a place to wash your hands. Dirtyyyy.  (Wet wipes are your best friend.)

5.  No English?  Many countries watch American films in English and listen to English music then speak ZERO English.  Not saying everyone has to speak English.  But it’s just surprising when you go to ask someone at the cafe for directions and they don’t speak English even though they’re playing the latest Taylor Swift song.  I may sound like an ignorant American here…I just found it funny.  
6.  Trusting gas stations.  In the Netherlands they allow you to get gas before paying… That’s a true honor system!  That would never happen back home in the Bay Area, that’s for sure.

7.  Airlines that charge you $60 to print a piece of paper.  Watch out for Ryanair and other budget airlines!  You better have that boarding pass printed (no there isn’t a barcode you can upload on your phone).  Who says we need to save paper, right?

8.  Lines on lines on lines.  In some countries in Asia,  you have to wait in a line to buy a ticket for a taxi in advance then getting in two other lines.  I’m not the world’s most patient person, and had a long flight in, so this one got to me…good.  A bus could’ve taken me to my destination faster.  
9.  French fries being called chips.  They’re not chips!  Chips…as in Lays or Pringles…are chips.  Okay?  Okay.  Good.  (I’ve yet to win this argument.). 
10.  “Shuttle buses” in South East Asia.  If you are claustrophobic, do NOT…I repeat: DO NOT take a shuttle in Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia.  They pack their shuttle bus (which is actually a van) to the ceiling.  Don’t count on legroom- or breathing room for that matter.  Count on being squeezed between a stranger and their suitcases for four hours.  And no, they don’t stop for the bathroom.
Thai mini van.jpeg

Photo credit: Claudia Tavani @ My Adventures Across the World

11.  No-One-Directions.  Getting directions can be like pulling teeth…way too difficult.  For example, in Greece you can ask five people for directions and they will all tell you a different thing.  And some of them say “right” while they point left.  I’m not knocking the Greeks.  You all know how much I love them, but damn!  Can’t a girl just get a solid set of directions sometimes?  I’m already a lost soul with a map as it is!
While I’ve had many a “moment,” it’s all added to the overall experience.
12.  Wasted H2O.  Okay, so this one has been a “WTF moment” for a long time…but after over 25 flights in the last 8 months you can imagine how many water bottles I’ve had to put in that stupid bin at security!  What harm do they really think my spring water is going to do?!  I hope they at least put the water to use and water a plant or something…just sayin.    

Thankfully I was gifted with a great sense of humor.  🎧I get it from my Mama.🎤  Without it, I would have lost my mind by now.  Laughter cures anything and everything.  I’m still cracking up about the time I had to sit on the floor of a train by the open door, hoping I wouldn’t fly out.  Sorry guys… I didn’t have a free hand to snap a pic of that one!  
Never a dull moment on the road, that’s one thing I know for sure. 
Gotta go for now.  I’m about to go haggle a new cab driver to take me to a crowded bus station where I will wait in three lines.  

By |2016-04-15T06:05:35+00:00April 15th, 2016|humor|0 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

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  1. Natasha Nikole April 16, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    So much yes! All of these are my life. All of them.

  2. Claudia April 16, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Hahahahahahahah and the list could go on and on!!

  3. Follow in Faith April 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    hahaha I recognize that first picture from Gili T!! Good list 🙂

  4. Klauss April 18, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Very informative, thanks! It is necessary to keep on hand when you plan to travel 🙂 First Photo pleased 🙂

  5. The Mama Nurse April 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    This is so great! I haven’t been able to travel much but hope to in the future. Will definitely keep these in mind 😀
    p.s. In Canada we pump our gas first too 😉

  6. Kim @ Three Olives Branch April 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I always dread activities, shopping, etc where bartering is the norm, I don’t like it! Ugh I wish they would just all pick a price and that is it

  7. Hena Tayeb April 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    ugh yes! and while it sucks to live through then and it becomes a great story to tell later..

  8. sweetteasweetie (@SweetTSweetie) April 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Totally agree! These were really funny to read!

  9. Anna April 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    LOL, great post and allllllll true! xo ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

  10. KP ❤ (@kandypants) April 19, 2016 at 12:37 am - Reply

    awesome post! I haven’t traveled much, but its nice to live vicariously through other people lol. I’ve been to Cuba on vacation and they often don’t have toilet paper either … unless you want to tip someone of course

  11. Sidney Aldaine April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Those taxi drivers! It`s always good to first ask how much for one kilometre and then count. You don`t even have to be a tourist to get charged too much.
    And Ryanair is a whole different story, they have those cheap flights, but everything else is expensive.

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