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Best and worst travel dates- 10 couple’s stories on the road Part 2

April 20, 2015
Best & worst travel dates part2

Best & worst travel dates part2

Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this two part series.  Now that you’ve heard of the best travel dates here are the worst travel dates and reasons why we love having someone special next to us when traveling. This one’s full of stories about robberies, missed flights, sickness, dropped cameras, and long travel days in transition.

Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

 

TWO MONKEYS TRAVELTwo Monkeys Travel -DIY Machu Picchu Hike 2 - Reaching the  Top

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

Definitely the Riyadh incident. We were on our way back to the UK from India, which involved a few hours layover in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We were both exhausted and on top of that I was sick. It had been a long and very intense 3 months travelling around India. Our flight from Delhi was normal and uneventful and we landed in Riyadh to wait for the next flight. This is where it gets hazy, because we fell asleep, at the gate. We woke up 30 minutes after our plane had departed in a blind panic, but no amount of panicking could bring back our plane. After trying to talk to the airline and the airport staff we ended up having to just buy another flight, which involved phone calls to the UK at 3 am to have money moved around. One thing’s for sure, it’s a mistake we’ll only make once!

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

Only a few months ago, my grandmother died while we were still in Peru. It was not a total shock, as she was very old and part of me always knew that something like this would happen one day, while I was on the other side of the world. More upsetting than the news of her death itself, was the news of how it had happened; a fall down the stairs had left her lying on the floor, on her own for the best part of a day until my uncle came looking for her and called the ambulance, but the damage was done. I was in Peru booking flights when she died. Aside from the loss, this situation proved problematic, as I would have to fly back to the UK alone, leaving Kach to manage all of our work, our students and of course Two Monkeys Travel, right a really crucial moment. Last minute return flights were incredibly expensive and we had to dig into Kach’s savings to pay for them. She didn’t once complain about any of it, she completely understood the importance of family matters and she just took on every responsibility we had without a second thought. Without her positive and pro-active attitude then everything would have grounded to a halt, but she gave me the time to deal with things until I could get back to it. In situations like that, you find out who’s there when it really counts.

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What was your worst travel date (day) together?

Our worst travel date was on our very first trip overseas, in Bali. The ATMs there work differently compared with home (the card comes out after the cash, not before!) and we accidentally left our card in the ATM. A day later when Shaun looked in his wallet and saw the card wasn’t there, we panicked and then found out that all the money for our trip had been stolen. It was really stressful and we were glad we had a spare credit card that we could pay for the rest of the trip on, and when we got home we were so fortunate that the bank returned our money to us (it ended up being a bank error that let the thief withdraw that much money).

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

We are both so grateful every single day that we both love travelling the way we do. We know so many people that clash with their partner when it comes to travelling! Somehow, we both just click with each other when we are travelling – we take on different responsibilities, support each other through the hard times, and love having the other by our side.

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What was your worst travel date (day) together?

The worst travel day for us was the day of our flight out of Venice. Our flight to Naples was at 9am. We thought we had everything laid out smoothly the day before, we even checked in online. The plan was go get the first water bus to the main bus terminal, Piazzale Roma, and then take a bus towards Marco Polo airport. However, things just didn’t seem to go right. We were out early, waited for the vaporetto (water bus) at the closest stop but it didn’t come on time. Falling short on time, we crossed over to the other side and took a different water bus, which took way longer since it serviced all the stops on the way. We missed the airport bus at Piazzale Roma and wasted another few minutes going back and forth looking for the taxi stand. An airport taxi was the last thing we wanted considering we may miss the flight anyway (and it would cost us heaps) but we took our chances. We made it to the airport but we just missed the bag drop. Uncertain if it’s possible to get in with 4 backpacks, we just went towards the boarding gate anyway. Most of our toiletries and other stuff had to be thrown away but they let us pass with the big bags. However, the airline had us pay extra for the luggage we had. So we ended up spending a lot of money (about €100 more than it should have cost) and eventually arrived at the least charming city we’ve seen in Italy, Naples.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

Traveling with the person you love is truly rewarding. Other than spending quality time together and building beautiful memories, it is like seeing the world with another pair of eyes. We get to see the good and the bad in this world and we deal with it – together. We enjoy the simple things and we are happy because we have one another. Along the way, we had established travel roles, these made things easier for us. Also, we realized that we complement each other in terms of our travelling styles. We sort of balance each other out. We are truly grateful that we have each other on this trip and in life.

Gia: One instance that I was really grateful for travelling with Jon was when we did the 3 day trip to the Erg Chebbi Desert in Morocco. I had a bad case of motion sickness most of the trip (It was like an 8 hour drive each day on a small van) and I had to stop the van several times along the way because I felt sick. It was really a rough time for me since I didn’t have any pills to ease the motion sickness. He was very patient and looked after me throughout the trip. It was the worst and best experience of my life. I had always wanted to see the desert and I’m glad Jon was there and gave me the support I needed to make it through the whole trip.

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What was your worst travel date (day) together?
Our journey to Bergen in Norway was meant to be just a few hours but, alas, we opted for an apparently ‘easy’ budget airline, which turned out to be a terrible mistake. First, our flight was delayed by four hours, so we hadn’t needed to spend money on an airport hotel the night before. We were given food vouchers that were said to work anywhere but none of the airport vendors accepted them. When we got on the plane, we stood on the runway for another hour before taking off. During the flight, we were given no food or water because the staff didn’t get through all the passengers. When we finally got to Bergen, we waited 50 minutes in the pouring rain for a night bus which broke down in the middle of nowhere. In the end, it took us 13 hungry hours to get from London to our accommodation in Bergen. We could have got to Indonesia in that time! That said, we’re very thankful that nothing more serious has happened to us so far.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

Kia: I feel grateful for this all the time! It’s always nice to have someone to share your worries with, like when you’re stranded on a sidestreet in Phnom Penh at 3am waiting for a bus that’s three hours late, or when a local tries to snatch your bag in Colombia, or you’re camping in the Andes and it’s freezing cold and you get your partner’s extra warm mountaineering socks!

Peter: We’re in South America at the moment and it’s very hard to get by on English alone. Kia speaks a fair bit of Spanish so I’m eternally grateful to her for handling everything. (I am learning though!)

HONEYTREK

Anne & Mike HoneyTrek

Anne & Mike HoneyTrek

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

Hitchhiking on the side of the road at a small junction in northern Mozambique, where we had been waiting over four hours without a car in sight. Adding to the uneasiness, a drunkard kept babbling to us in Portuguese and sending us mixed signals of courteous host and psycho killer. Just as the sun was setting, a pickup pulled up. The driver said he couldn’t take us as far as our intended destination but said that we could sleep on the floor of his cousin’s mud hut. This was looking like the bright side of the day until the mice started running across the packed-dirt ceiling, knocking debris onto our faces–and in our minds, flying baby mice. If it weren’t for fits of delirious laughter, and having each other, we’d have never made it out of that day. This was the first of  four crazy days in our overland marathon from Mozambique to Tanzania.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

We were roadtripping through a remote part of northern Mexico, darkness was approaching, and we didn’t have enough money for the next exorbitant toll. We pulled over to a gas station in hopes of an ATM. The attendant explained they had to remove it because they kept getting robbed. (This did not make us feel better about the possibility of getting trapped in this town.) Thank goodness for Anne’s Spanish because she convinced the gas station attendant to do a fake gas transaction on a credit card and give us the cash for our escape.

GQ TRIPPIN

Gerard and Kieu, GQTrippin

Gerard and Kieu, GQTrippin

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

The worst travel date always seem to be when we’re not at our best, if that makes any sense. For Q, she would tell you her worst of days centered in India — the day she emerged from the Thar Desert with a tick on her back, that time she got groped during Holi festival, and of course when she was bed-ridden for 2-weeks courtesy of food poisoning, or Delhi belly one or the other… Maybe both. It was the first and only time during our trip she wanted to go home.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

I think it’s fair to say, on the worst of days when we’re either sick or just burnt out, when we’re frustrated things weren’t going our way, when we’re lost, missed a train or lost / misplaced something important — yes, those are the days we are grateful we did not have to go endure it alone.

Q: For me, having G there in India when I was at my lowest point made me appreciate him and be more grateful to have a travel partner to help me through the hard times. On the flipside, it’s the best of times that are also worth noting. Having a travel partner there to share in the great achievements and worldly experiences is definitely something to be grateful for.

G: I’m grateful to share the “Greats” with Q — seeing the Great Wall of China, the Great Migration and the Great Barrier Reef — I would not have it any other way.

WORLD LINGERING LINGUINES

Anthony and Britney from the World Lingering LinguinesWhat was your worst travel date (day) together?

Traveling can sometimes be a roller coaster of surprises which leads to the day when we were traveling through the jungle in Hawaii. I had recently bought a new GoPro and was excited to use it on our adventure. We were tracking through some fields and came across a water hole, where a river and the ocean meet. We were having an amazing day exploring and getting great shots. We soon started to scale the side of the cliff with the intent of jumping off. Until it happened… I slipped and dropped my GoPro and watched it slam against the rock cliff and burst open out of the waterproof casing. It then in slow motion tumbled down the cliff and deep into the water. It may not seem that bad but we were having a great day until that moment and we both became furious. All the money and moments caught were gone! I guess there are always worse things that can happen but you know it ruined a great day and resulted in a long quiet ride home.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

Traveling through foreign territory can lead to the best feelings as well as some of the worst. Some days everything is great and going to plan and sometimes you’re repeatedly treading water. It is a great relief to have someone there to assure me everything is going to be okay and bring some confidence back that you need. Being strong for each other goes a long way. Also we travel to explore euphoric places and do things out of the ordinary so it’s rewarding to be able to share those enchanted moments with someone. It could be a corny kiss in a very romantic place, frolicking through a newly discovered beach, trying some undiscovered dishes or even the empowerment of climbing to the tallest peak and feeling on top of the world. Life is about sharing.

GETTING STAMPED

Coron Philippines - Day Trip A-14What was your worst travel date (day) together?

Our worst travel date would probably be the day we landed back in Europe after being back in the USA for 4 weeks. Well, it was more like a travel date/day and a half, and those long travel days are always the worst. After flying for 10 hours, we landed in Munich at 930a.m. went straight to the car rental desk to pick up our car that was already reserved. Only to be told we needed proof of insurance, no problem we have travel insurance that covers car insurance.. Nope! They wanted a letter from Mastercard stating coverage. I called Mastercard they say yes I have coverage, but it would take days to get letter. I called Visa and they sent me an  email stating I have coverage. I show the car rental coverage my email from Visa and they say no Visa only for Canadians your American you must present Mastercard. Back to the drawing board. We ended up canceling that car and booking with another rental agency that didn’t require this bizarre letter but cost several hundred Euros more. Finally at 1pm we are out the door and on our way to Vienna, Austria where we have a 6pm tour lined up.

At this point we had been up for over 24 hours and this 4.5 hr drive was hell, Adam was low on fuel and this drive was no fun, pouring rain the whole time. Finally, get to our hotel at 5pm with nowhere to park. Talking with the hotel who instructs us that hotel parking must be reserved in advance, but you are okay to park on the street where ever you find a spot. Next thing you know its 6pm and we are late to our tour and scrambling to find them, we do thankfully. Finally hit the sheets at 11p.m. (38 hours later) to wake up to a parking ticket for 40 euros. To add insult to injury, later in the day we get a speeding ticket when we weren’t speeding. The police saw the foreign license plates and tried to give us a 20 Euro ticket which we talked them down from 55 Euros. It was a rough way to start our time in Europe.
What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

I think travel without a partner would feel somewhat incomplete. Every time we are in front of something amazing on the road we are grateful we have someone to share it with. One place in particular that we both really love is Koh Lipe, Thailand. The island has become a special place for us, a place we go to just appreciate the beauty of the destination together. Sunsets and sunrises just wouldn’t be the same without one another.

 

NOMADASARUS

Lesh and Jazza from NOMADasaurus

Lesh and Jazza from NOMADasaurus

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

We were sailing from Honduras to Panama on a friend’s catamaran, and were about 150 nautical miles from shores. I went to bed at 3am after my night watch shift, and Lesh took over. Unfortunately about 15 minutes after I went to bed a big squall developed and hit us with a vengeance. Lesh raised the alarm and the owner woke me up screaming the words, “Wake up mate, we’re taking on water!” For the next 20 minutes or so our crew ran around trying to secure items and save the ship, thinking that we were about to sink at any moment. The squall eventually passed and we received substantial damage, but luckily were still afloat! After that we agreed that our sailing days were over.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

Every time we have to deal with touts, money changers and taxi drivers! Haha. Seriously, every day we feel grateful to have each other. Exploring this beautiful world in the other’s presence adds a whole new element over travelling on our own. Every new country and culture we encounter takes on a different meaning when we can appreciate it together. Whether it is the good times or the bad, when we are healthy and fit or sick as a dog, just having someone you care about next to you makes the travel experience so much more incredible.

GYPSYNESTERS

David & Veronica, The GypsyNesters

David & Veronica, The GypsyNesters

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

We have been very lucky and haven’t had any real disasters so far. Things have gone awry now and then, I guess the worst was our own fault when we showed up at the airport at 8 in the morning for an 8 pm flight. Oops, but not terrible.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

We are grateful to be together everyday, not only for the companionship, but we work together as writers much better as a team. We really put this to the test while writing our book, Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All. We learned to edit each other while allowing the individual voice to shine through.

UNCORNERED MARKETDan and Audrey Outside Cachi, Argentina

What was your worst travel date (day) together?

There is perhaps a tie between two days, but both happened in the same country – Kazakhstan. The first was when we got stuck at the land border trying to enter Kazakhstan from Uzbekistan and ended up in a sort of cage with hundreds of people in August heat. We hooked arms to try to stay together, but the pressure of the people and pushing ended up separating us. Eventually I made my way to the front and convinced a Kazakh guard to let me in, and after that convinced another one to help get Dan out. After that experience, sleeping in a brothel that night didn’t seem so bad.

Then, a few weeks later we got lost in the Tian Shan mountains near Almaty and wondered if we’d ever make it out alive. We left Kazakhstan before the third situation…

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

There are so many times, but when one is feeling sick or down then having a travel partner to support you, care for you, and pick up the slack makes one so incredibly thankful for the other person. We’ve been very fortunate with our health on the trip, but we’ve each had episodes of being sick when the other person had to bring water, food and do everything because the sickness was just too much to do anything.

Also, when one has the opportunity to watch a sunset or take in beautiful scenery with your loved one, it just fills your heart with gratitude that you’re able to travel and share these experiences together.

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What was your worst travel date (day) together?

Our worst travel date was the day we got robbed in Dar es Salaam. We stayed the night in the city center through an Airbnb and got in what was suppose to be a taxi. The driver picked up a friend, then drove around more and picked up two more guys that squeezed Camille and I in the backseat as they looked through our stuff, taking what they wanted, and stopping at the ATM to get some cash. Terrible, we wouldn’t wish this on anybody.

What was a time you felt grateful to have a travel partner?

You can’t just travel with anybody. Each day we feel grateful to witness this incredible world of ours and the best part is we get to share it with someone through thick and thin. We had each others back in Africa during the highs and lows.

Mark- For me I realized how great of a person Camille was when I had dengue. The way she cared for me and wouldn’t leave my side when we were stuck in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua. When we’re most down is when you really feel the presence of that special someone.

Travel Realities: Life Lessons of a Traveling Couple

You’re turn! Do you have any terrible travel stories traveling with your partner? We’d love to hear if you had any similar experiences, hopefully not but hey, these things sometimes happen on the journey and hence makes our life stories much more interesting. It’s all part of the adventure right? Stay safe and happy travels!

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