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19 February, 2014

Weekly Poll/Stan Says: Vacation Nightmares

It's Wednesday, so it's time to get our Weekly Poll on! This week I thought I'd let Stan (my boyfriend) come up with a topic, because he was fascinated by all of your responses to the PB&J question I posed a couple of weeks ago.


Here's Stan's question for you:

What's the worst trip you've ever been on and why?

I've gone on a couple of vacations that ended up being less than ideal, but the first one that springs to mind is a trip I took several years ago with an ex-boyfriend, who I shall refer to as "M" for the purposes of this post. Anyway, M and I had been dating for about eight or nine months when we decided to take our first-ever trip together to go visit some family. Our first-ever trip ended up turning into our first-ever argument during the journey, which was quite intense because new-ish relationship + no previous arguing/fighting + being sleep-deprived and trapped on various airplanes/trains is a rather tense combo. We did make up a day or so later, but then I randomly got pinkeye (Why?! How?!) so I spent the rest of our vacation with one of my eyes crusted shut and my listening to my sister urge her children (who were really little then) not to touch me. Fun.

How about you? What's a travel memory that makes you cringe?

21 comments:

  1. No one vacation was totally the worst, but I had one summer go differently than planned and thus I had to extend travel by booking addition flights (it's $$ to change destinations) so in 48 hours - and on 1 overnight flight - I went Rome-Berlin-London-San Francisco-Milwaukee-Kansas City... Oh, and my debit card was expired and my credit card was cancelled as theft prevention.... Luckily I had enough cash on hand to get coffee and the trip ended at my parents' house...

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  2. Not really had any bad ones - had a lot of rainy UK holidays though. I guess the one that I try not to remember is our Christmas 2011 trip to Pittsburgh and meeting a lot of the husbands family for the first time. They seemed to have it in for me with snide remarks about how the boy could come visit me in the UK and not travel to see them and so on. Straight up to my face rather than being hi, hey, welcome, thanks for travelling from Michigan on Christmas Eve. Yeah I still don't get on with that person. Hmmm.

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  3. I don't remember the whole trip being a nightmare, but when I was a kid we took a vacation to Quebec City and I really wanted a simple turkey sandwich for lunch (I was a picky eater), but we were in the old part of the city and there weren't any places serving plain turkey sandwiches. I remember totally losing it because I just wanted a damn turkey sandwich.

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  4. I don't remember exactly where this was, but my family and I were at a national park in Canada, and I kept on getting bitten by mosquitos. And not like a couple of bites, I counted over 90 when I got home. It was so awful. I couldn't enjoy any of the nature or anything. Should have brought like a gallon of bug spray.

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  5. Overall, I still ended up having a good trip BUT girls trip to Florida from St.Louis, 4 of us. One of the girls had recently lost her job but we planned the trip way in advance and she was driving her car so the other three of us agreed to cover her costs for the trip. Literally half way to our destination some really important red light comes on in her car. So now she has no money and a car that could potentially stop running any minute with no money to fix it. THEN one of the other girls leaves her entire wallet in a McDonald's bathroom in North Florida, but doesn't realize it until 4 hours later. So not only was she also broke on this trip, we didn't get to go to a few places we really wanted to because she had no ID!

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  6. Oh god two instances come up for me. I should get an award or something.

    My trip to SF for Infinite concert--I punctured my foot on a spike from a vest I made on the day of the concert which meant I couldn't shop on one of the three days we were there, I couldn't wear my shoes to the concert to see over people, and it bled/I needed antibiotics. Then while I was waiting for my boyfriend shopping, I got a call that the store I was running got broken into twice over the weekend--had to deal with that because the owner was a moron. At the Infinite concert they wouldn't let ANYONE use the ONLY open bathroom on campus because it was Veterans Day, if you weren't a student--I had to walk about a mile or mile and a half on my punctured foot to use the bathroom from some gracious girl I was standing next to in line. Forever my hero. Oh and then the next day our rental car got broken into, $800 worth of damage with two smashed windows, and they stole my boyfriend's laptop and DS.

    I'd say the other bad trip pales in comparison to this now that I think about it...

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  7. Yikes, flight change fees are sooooo expensive. That sounds like quite an itinerary, at least you managed to get a coffee. :)

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  8. Well that's certainly awkward. Nothing says "nice to meet you" like snide remarks.

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  9. But did you ever (eventually) get that turkey sandwich? Thinking of Quebec reminds me of a trip my family took to Montreal, and my sister threatening to fling me onto the subway tracks... but she was kidding. Maybe.

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  10. Ugh that is so awful. I went to Fiji once and forgot to spray myself with bugspray right when I got there, and after sitting outside for only an hour or so my legs were entirely covered with bites. Nothing like lounging on the beach and reaching down to scratch your 800 mosquito bites every three seconds...

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  11. Ah yes, I remember your SF trip story. That is truly awful. I hope for your sake that that's the worst your travel experiences ever get.

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  12. I never did get the turkey sandwich. I vaguely remember sulking through lunch. I must have eaten something, but I don't remember what. It wasn't a turkey sandwich.

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  13. My worst vacation/trip was when I was 12 and went on a 2 week girl scout camping trip to Oklahoma, I was just getting over tonsilitis so I didn't feel good most of trip, then on way home the leader wouldn't pull over and let me use the rest room and made me hold it for like 2 hours and when I finally did get to go it hurt like crazy. Then when I got home I found out that another girl scout troup that was camping in Oklahoma while we had been up there had be killed by vandals. I still don't like camping to this day....LOL

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  14. Ugh, that sounds incredibly stressful. I am so paranoid about losing my wallet when I travel that I constantly keep checking to make sure it's still there, haha.

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  15. Well, that's a frightening story! I don't blame you for not liking camping after that!

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  16. Any trip I go on with my entire family because my brother gets weird and refuses to do anything and then gets mad when we go do things without him. It eventually turns into a giant, weird argument and no one is happy. Aaaaaanyways.........

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  17. The business trip I took to San Antonio about 8 months ago. All accomodations were booked wrong (not by me), massive transportation failure, bad meeting schedules, ugly outcomes, unpleasant microwave box meals (because no transportation and hotel out in the middle of nowhere), and when I thought everything could finally be put behind me, I lost my cell phone on the plane. ugh.

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  18. Ugh, that sounds awful. I can identify with the microwave box meals thing... I had to do a training for a former job that required me to be away for a week at a time for three weeks, staying at a hotel off the highway (and I of course don't have a car or a driver's license). My survival diet consisted of frozen box meals, hummus, and random snacks from the adjacent gas station. Gourmet!

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  19. Ah, nothing better than constant arguing... I haven't been on a proper family vacation in years (my parents split up almost 20 years ago) but my dad liked to start arguments with various members of the family after we'd been in the car for a while. Probably just out of boredom. I remember several drives ending in tears. Hooray!

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  20. Hummus from a gas station? You win. bleck!

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  21. Well that sounds like a carload of fun, not! Family vacations just never turn out as well as you hoped do they? I'm hoping to go on a few family free vacations soon though! :)

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