What was your most difficult to get to destination?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Also what made it so difficult, was it incredibly remote? Was the location physically not easy to access? Or was it insane bureaucracy that made you jump through a mountain of hoops just to enter said destination.

Of course the ultimate question, after all whatever trouble to get there was it in the end worth it

2. Posted by askgudmundsen (Travel Guru 82 posts) 28w 2 Star this if you like it!

Travelling the 500 km from Ganta to Harper in Liberia at the height of the rainy season in 2016...

It took me almost two days finding a vehicle going there in the first place (a 4x4 Toyota from the local border police), then it took four whole days due to the muddy conditions, continuous break-downs and - I sh*t you not - our driver leaving the car behind to visit a mistress in one of the villages we passed through...

Harper was worth it through - however it was a cul-de-sac as Côte d'Ivoire had not re-opened its border after the Ebola outbreak... Luckily, I managed to hitch a ride back to Monrovia with a small plane transporting aid-workers...

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2018, at 08:06 by askgudmundsen ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 941 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Two trips

1) Getting home from Haiti the year they had the air traffic controllers strike. We spent the night in the Miami Airport because most flights had been cancelled. Met lots of friends there so it was kind of fun and the fight next day stopped in nearly every airport between Miami and Atlanta so we got to see a lot. After a month working in Haiti, though, we were tired. Haiti was great; Miami was not.

2) Getting to France the year of the Iceland volcano (I think 2010). We were supposed to change planes in London but they closed British air space when we landed so every flight was stuck on the ground. We ended up spending 5 unplanned days in London before we could get a train to Paris, a day in Paris before we could get a train to Toulouse. Our credit card company thought we'd be in France so when we tried to use it in the UK, it was blocked. Had to straighten that out. Had a leased car waiting in Toulouse that we had to contact so they would save it for us. Had a rented cottage in the Dordogne and we had to tell them we would be late and didn't know when we'd arrive. British Air also managed to mislay my husband's suitcase so he had to make an extra trip to LHR to find it. It all worked out eventually. British Air paid our London hotel and most meals; our hotel in Toulouse didn't charge us because they rented our room to someone who was stranded at the Toulouse Airport; we did lose 5 days of our rental but it was a Gite de France so wasn't very expensive. A bonus was receiving a reimbursement check, unasked, from Peugeot for the 5 days we didn't use our leased car. Talk about great service! It was worth all the nonsense because we had a wonderful month in southern France (minus 5 days).

4. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 119 posts) 28w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting askgudmundsen

Travelling the 500 km from Ganta to Harper in Liberia at the height of the rainy season in 2016...

It took me almost two days finding a vehicle going there in the first place (a 4x4 Toyota from the local border police), then it took four whole days due to the muddy conditions, continuous break-downs and - I sh*t you not - our driver leaving the car behind to visit a mistress in one of the villages we passed through...

Harper was worth it through - however it was a cul-de-sac as Côte d'Ivoire had not re-opened its border after the Ebola outbreak... Luckily, I managed to hitch a ride back to Monrovia with a small plane transporting aid-workers...

Got stuck there as well, wanted to go from Ganta to Man / Côte d'Ivoire (motorbike taxi, the Côte d'Ivoire embassy did tell me the border is open), had to go then through Guinea to Bamako / Mali by taxi brousse to get to Côte d'Ivoire.

5. Posted by Naick_berden (Budding Member 6 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Getting from Brussels to Komodo in Indonesia...

It involved taking a flight from Brussels to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Then onwards to the beautiful (not ) Jakarta. From there on out a short flight to Den Pasar in Bali and after a night in a hotel a final flight to Komodo Island.

Crazy journey, but really worth it for the awesome scuba diving!

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

British Air paid our London hotel and most meals;

I remember when that whole volcano issue was in in the news and all they talked about was how airlines left people stranded so it is pretty awesome to hear how nicely an airline treated its passengers. When I travelled to Iceland I actually visited that volcano. The guide told us the caldera pretty much collapsed and on top of that it boiled a lake dry and stopped a waterfall from running. Apparently you use to could climb it but when we visited it was too hot to climb plus most of the route had collapsed

7. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Naick_berden

Getting from Brussels to Komodo in Indonesia...

It involved taking a flight from Brussels to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Then onwards to the beautiful (not ) Jakarta. From there on out a short flight to Den Pasar in Bali and after a night in a hotel a final flight to Komodo Island.

Crazy journey, but really worth it for the awesome scuba diving!

you must really love scuba diving;) Reading your route it does sound like the flight from hell to me, I'm glad to hear it was worth it

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9. Posted by theo1006 (Travel Guru 12 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Naick_berden

Getting from Brussels to Komodo in Indonesia...

It involved taking a flight from Brussels to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Then onwards to the beautiful (not ) Jakarta. From there on out a short flight to Den Pasar in Bali and after a night in a hotel a final flight to Komodo Island.

Crazy journey, but really worth it for the awesome scuba diving!

How long ago was this? Or why did you choose to fly via Jakarta? With several airlines you can fly from Brussels to Denpasar (one stop), and connect with Garuda to Labuhan Bajo.

10. Posted by askgudmundsen (Travel Guru 82 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting theo1006

Quoting Naick_berden

Getting from Brussels to Komodo in Indonesia...

It involved taking a flight from Brussels to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Then onwards to the beautiful (not ) Jakarta. From there on out a short flight to Den Pasar in Bali and after a night in a hotel a final flight to Komodo Island.

Crazy journey, but really worth it for the awesome scuba diving!

How long ago was this? Or why did you choose to fly via Jakarta? With several airlines you can fly from Brussels to Denpasar (one stop), and connect with Garuda to Labuhan Bajo.

Probably cheaper...