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11. Posted by Frosticles (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I got home, after 18 months away, on my Mum's birthday, and rocked up at her work unannounced. Her secretary called her out to the cafe - when she saw me, she was so excited, she burst into tears (sobbing-type tears!)! So did the poor woman working in the cafe :-) Perfect! Whatever you do, I hope it's that cool!

12. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

Quoting s_hoot

Walk in butt-naked, now that would be a surprise!

Damn! That's my idea!

Well, if you're not comfortable with that, just go home in a clown costume and tell them that you've been gone not because you've been travelling, but because you joined the circus, and throw some cotton candy and balloons at them, and then open the door for the dancing Easter-egg-colored poodles to come in, and ask if it's alright for the tigers to stay in the spare room.

Now, that would be a three-ring circus!

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Just turning up entirely unnanounced/unexpected is a big enough surprise in itself. I randomly wandered into work after 16months away with nobody expecting me back for at least another 3 [and most not actually expecting me to return at all] - although admittedly i just dropped by for a couple of days on my way through. It caused a certain level of surprise, cheer and excuse to go drinking instead of working though!

Then turned up at my parents a couple of months later about 1am without them knowing i was around at all. Sadly, they had changed the locks whilst i was away [no, not because of me] so i ended up hauling my brother off the toilet to let me in. Parents didn't know/realise til the next day though, and my mum was slightly surprised to say the least*, when i suddenly wandered down stairs*!

An even bigger surprise is to tell them you will be coming then not show up for maybe another 8months or so....

And if you want to do something slightly different, fake blood/crutches/whatever, "wife" &/or "triplets" &/or several police people escorting you will certainly do the trick, as will you leading pied-piper style, a group of 30+ assorted backpackers!

  • HINT - if you are going to turn up unnanounced and have excitable family/pets etc, wear ear plugs until the screaming stops...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 11:24 AM by Gelli ]

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

And if you want to do something slightly different, fake blood/crutches/whatever, "wife" &/or "triplets" &/or several police people escorting you will certainly do the trick, as will you leading pied-piper style, a group of 30+ assorted backpackers!

Rumor has it that Gelli has tried all of these suggestions at one time or another.

15. Posted by MacMum (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Get a trusted friend to arrange a dinner at a local restaurant & once they are all seated, go to their table as their waiter! "Can I take your drink order?" Or the pizza delivery man. Something completely normal yet with unexpected results. You could pretend that you are a courier & are calling ahead to make sure they can be there to sign for the package. Tell them it's the phone company with a gift or something. As a mum, I wouldn't want my child to fake an injury or anything like that. No bad news/good news. I'm sure your parents are worried enough about you.
Hope it turns out well! Welcome Home.

16. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Rumor has it that Gelli has tried all of these suggestions at one time or another.

I'm not one to comment on rumours, but I admit that before Eric's existence was well known, we did show up one day unannounced after a long trip with him still full inflated and with us hidden out of the way. On reflection, it wasn't our greatest idea to have it seem as though a life sized inflatible camel was ringing the doorbell in a respectable neighbourhood in Bavaria. Or the idea itself was fine, but execution would have possibly been better had my friends drunk 80year old grandmother with a heart condition not answered the door.

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

Dress in an elaborate cabaret costume and burst out of a giant birthday cake.

18. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 9y

I had planned to just get a flight home, catch a train up to me house and go otu with my mates - ringing my mum about midnight to ask for alift back from the pub as I used to do every week!

I'm sure they will be delighted to see me!?!?!

19. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

i had been away for 8 mths travelling and was talking to my mam the day before i left oz, i was supposed to be away for a year so she was totally unaware. So i arrived i ireland and spent the night with my boyfriend and then early the next morning he drove me to my parents house, My Dad was just leaving for work and on seeing the car, he's first reaction was that something had happened to me, but i jumped out of the car and ran to him, he was stuck to the floor he could't believe it was me, he had a tear in his eye,(which is so unlike my dad)

So my mom was still in bed and he went and woke her while i stood outside the door and when she was awake i jumped on the bed, needless to say she was speechless.

Overall is was a brillent morning and i won't have changed a thing, they were trilled so see me home.

If they have a local you could always just walk in and order a drink and sit beside them, that would be funny.

When i arrived home from my last trip, when i arrived in dublin airport it was packed and i could't see my parent, So after a wonder about i walked up behind them stuck my head between there head and said "Who are we waiting for?" they had't see me come out, my dad laughed his arse off and my mother started to cry, but an excellent way to end my trip.

20. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Getting back in one piece, is the best surprise for most parents.