When you travel not everything goes right 100% of the time.
You get lost, you lose something else or, if you’re like me you end up covered in bed bug bites…
Learning how to laugh at these travel mishaps is important and, since this post on travel mishaps was popular, I wanted to give you the low down on 2015s travel disasters
1. The time I got bed bugs
The award for biggest travel disaster award has to go to the time I got bed bugs in Morocco. And, when I say I got bed bugs, I don’t mean this lightly.
We’re not talking about 5, maybe 10 bites. No. We’re talking about 400 bites (we counted) from the soles of my feet to my eyelids.
Anyone who knows me knows that whenever I travel I’m always the person that gets bitten. It was a similar story in the Pantanals too, but the bed bug bites were much worse. They were SO itchy and this itchiness lasted for about two weeks.
I’m not sure I’m quite laughing about this one yet, but I didn’t let it put a complete downer on our trip toMarrakech!
2. Wheeling my boyfriend around the Guggenheim in a wheelchair
When my boyfriend had an injured knee and couldn’t walk I ended up I pushing him around the Guggenheim in Bilbao in a wheelchair. I actually learnt quite a lot from the whole experience.
Firstly, that people DO NOT move out of your way. They just stand there expecting you to squeeze past them and then wondering why you clip their heel as you go past.
Secondly, Spanish hospitals see you super quick. I thought our whole day would be spent in the hospital but we were in and out with a fixed knee in an hour!
Thirdly, I learnt a lot about what the EHIC is actually useful for. I never really got it before, it was just something teachers made sure you had on school trips. But now, now I know how useful it is in helping British people get medical help abroad for free.
3. Running through Grenoble at 6am
When we stayed with friends in Grenoble for a mini skiing break we had two very early mornings so as to make it across the city and to the bus station to get the bus up into the Alps.
On our first morning I’d set the alarm for the wrong time zone but had, fortunately, woken up with time to spare before getting the bus. Clothes were thrown on and a quick run to the tram stop but all was good from there!
The second day we were much later. I can’t remember why now. It was a Sunday too so there were fewer trams for us to get.
We caught one tram to the centre and from there had to run through the centre to the other side in order to catch the bus.
On a plus, I don’t think we’ve been that late for anything since!
4. Being really ill on New Year’s Eve on Edinburgh
I still had an incredible time during Hogmanay but feeling shivery, and ping hot and cold every few minutes wasn’t the best. On New Year’s Day I was down to do the Looney Dook (an ice cold swim in the firth of forth) and to say I was excited about that was a lie. After a few Lemsip tablets however I felt great and I think the paracetamol regulated my temperature in the water too as the Scottish waters felt much Warmer than those on Christmas day in Norfolk!
5. Almost jet skiing into a ship on Loch Lomond
I’m not going to lie, jet skiing terrified me.
On my press trip with VisitScotland back in May, one of the many fantastic things we did was jetskiing. Perhaps I was scared as the Loch was very choppy, or that it was raining so much I couldn’t see, or even that I was just scared of capsizing and knocking myself out with the heavy jet ski!
Whatever it was the scariest part was definitely when Jo from Indiana Jo shouted in my ear “CAN YOU SEE THAT!?” only for me to blink the raindrops out of my eyes, look up and realise I was heading full pelt into a pretty sizeable boat!
Obviously we didn’t crash, but I don’t think I’ll be jet skiing in those conditions on my own any time soon!