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1. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

Sometimes when you are new to a country (especially where they speak a different language than your mother tongue) you have some 'interesting' experiences ;)

I'm curious what stories you are gonna tell ;), mine are more about misunderstanding the language/ traffic signs...

The gym I went to, when I lived in NZ, had a Christmas Party. There were small posters everywhere saying 'Bring your own plate'. As I love food and I enjoyed hanging out with the people there I asked my boyfriend to join me. Luckily he did, because my understanding of 'Bring a plate' was, that they organise the food and you have to bring your plate (thinking: gyms haven't got a lot of plates in storage, makes sense, doesn't it?)
Unfortunately my boyfriend never asked what the poster exactly said but luckily adviced, when we got there, to go in and get the plates later. I was so glad he did, because after 1/2 hr we (I !!!) saw, what 'Bring a plate' really means. When we saw that we weren't gonna eat soon, we excused ourselves, giving some stupid excuse

There's a traffic sign in NZ saying 'Engine breaks prohibited'. I was driving the first few weeks (19yr old nanny) and everytime I passed the sign I thought 'You can't do anything about it, if your engine decides to break down. People have strange ideas...' only to work it out myself a few weeks later, when I got used to the English language a bit more and one word having a lot of meanings

So what about u guys? Similar stories, where you felt so stupid and now it just costs you a laugh?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Very stupid was me driving to fast on a relatively good road in Cuba..I could have known that one time or the other there would be a very bad part. And of course that happened....ruining the clutch (is that good english?).

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

India was stressful. After about a couple of very long, tiring and dusty days by myself, and too many overnight journeys, I was starting to feel jaded and homesick, as I'd been away from home 11 months. I bought an ok priced ticket for a night bus from Mysore to Hampi ( the train was too complicated) with what I was assured was a bus with nice extra reclining seats. I had been on a few previously which were fine. I was knackered after one of those crap days where you've checked out your hotel but are still hanging aroung, and then it turned out to be a rattly cramped old banger of a bus.

So then, the only European on a bus full of Indian people, while supposedly representing my country, I went mad. I threw a huge, spoilt brat diva style tantrum, (think Nikki from Big Brother). I must have looked apalling. I insisted there was no way I could spend 13 hours on a seat like that. I can't think what people must have thought of me. I think, in my rage at not getting what I paid for, I squeaked something along the lines of, "this wouldn't be allowed to happen in my country!" Oh the shame.....

Eventually I sat down, fighting back tears, muttering under my breath something about "I hate this %&*"£ country" and the girl sitting next to me, a sweet, lovely soft-spoken computing student from Hospet told me firmly "you won't get your money back you know" and asked me if I was ok, to which all I could do was gulp and nod "I know". I felt so stupid! But I just lost it, and its funny now.

By the way, despite India bringing me to tears on several occasions, and while there sometimes declaring it was the worst place ever, I loved it so much and now I think it really is the most amazing country!

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 26, 2006 3:52 PM by Clarabell ]

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I was leafing through my boyfriend's old Belfast high school yearbook and noticed that his school offered councelling for children from mixed marriages. I told him that was nice, but I hadn't seen a single black student in the whole book. Turns out it had nothing to do with colour at all.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting Kathi20

There's a traffic sign in NZ saying 'Engine breaks prohibited'.

Kathi,
We have similiar signs here in the US, however, we do spell it 'engine brakes'. It is meant for truckers and they know what it means.

6. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 9y

i think when you're a foreigner visiting another country, you are more prone to doing stupidly random things and making a complete fool out of yourself because you are naive and unfamiliar with the language, food, customs, etc... but isn't that just the joy of travelling? ;)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kathi

I accidently got a job, as a model, in India and ended up, in an embarassing, badly made hair dye commercial. Luckily, i look better in real life, than on camrea, so i was demoted, to the backround, of the commercial,when they found out.

Mel

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

In Germany, I used to see a sign that said "Ausfhart" along the highway every few kilometres.

This went on for hours, and I asked the driver why the town of Ausfhart was so popular, and why so many roads lead to this town.

I then found out that it means freeway exit.

9. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Quoting james

In Germany, I used to see a sign that said "Ausfhart" along the highway every few kilometres.

James, I think you are refering to "Ausfahrt" ;)?

Embarrasingly, I tend to get confused with the local celebreties in countries I visit. Once upon a time in Dublin, I thought the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was a rugby player (much to the amusement of my colleagues at work), whereas I didn't recognize a real famous New Zealand rugby player (Doug Howlett) when serving him a subway sandwich....

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting steff

Quoting james

In Germany, I used to see a sign that said "Ausfhart" along the highway every few kilometres.

James, I think you are refering to "Ausfahrt" ;)?

Embarrasingly, I tend to get confused with the local celebreties in countries I visit. Once upon a time in Dublin, I thought the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was a rugby player (much to the amusement of my colleagues at work), whereas I didn't recognize a real famous New Zealand rugby player (Doug Howlett) when serving him a subway sandwich....

Bertie Ahern? Sounds like the noise you make when you burp

"Beeertiiieeeee aheeeeeern"