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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

What's the tightest spot you've found yourself in on your travels? Did you run out of money and couldnt get work? Did you miss a flight home? Did you have an embarrassing/awkward/dangerous encounter with a foreign Ne'er Do Well?

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

when the ''official''government group that brought us around the pyramids cut through barbed wire and asked us and the horses to climb through the gap, then our guides paid off the tourist police, we had only gotten a few pics when some legit cops came to chase our group away, we had to pass through another fence to get back to out base while passing through two military police blockades,..... totally dodgey but a story to tell the folks back home. hehehehhe

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

it was strange at the time but i enjoyed it, i felt like a kid pretending to be in indiana jones.....

another time in cairo again, we asked a guy for directions and he turned out to be a friendly guy who brought us to where we wanted to go, told us amazing stories about the locals, the history etc..... then sneaked us into a part of a hotel that we shouldn't have been in let alone taking photos ,( it was a hotel attached to the golden palace), well anyway more bribes took place, a few blind eyes, etc..... our 'guide' wanted euro payment.....( well we had none so it was egyptian pound change instead...) , but still we saw some things we shouldn't have and heard some local history that wasn't in our guide books

by the way not all Egyptians try to scam you, but i do have more stories ... ...... in general there are a lot of friendly people ,

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I crossed the English Channel (Calaisd - Dover) by ferry, and was refused entry to the UK. I had an Australian passport with me

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

why did they refuse you entry ???

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, I am slightly embarrassed to say that I was recently not allowed into Bali, Indonesia.

I was travelling on a Dutch passport but departing from Norway. All was well and dandy until we arrived in Denpasar to find out the rules had been changed for Dutch arrivals and they were now required to have a visa before entering. Seeing as my wife was Norwegian and Norway was on the 'good books' there was no problem for her but I was stuck. Sleezy little brat tried to get 300 euro cash off us to let me in without a visa too!

Anyway, to make a long story short, I added a few hours in the airport and then some more on the plane to Darwin to the already long day. Got into Darwin at 6 or so in the morning and had a visa by three in the afternoon. Booked a ticket back to Denpasar and out again (Qantas had pulled by ticket to Sydney to cover their cost of deporting me - which is a little weird since their ground crew everywhere else tell me that Qantas is the liable party as I was flying with them when I arrived) and was there about 40 hours after my initial planned arrival.

A little worse off financially but a good story for someone in the travel business (or a bad one depending on how you look at it)! I am still looking at recouping that ticket cost but no luck so far

8. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Sam! Similar thing just happened to me, except we never even left Canada! Was supposed to be in Costa Rica right now (as some of you guys know) but since my friend's passport expires two weeks after our scheduled departure, they wouldn't let us leave, stating that Costa Rica would turn her away immediately. Since we don't have infinite amounts of money, we went back home. Unfortunately, I am sitting at home right now, my bags are still packed because I am too lazy to unpack, and it seems we won't be able to get a refund or exchange our flight at all. I'm there with you Sam!

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Tam -
Get your friend to get a new passport pronto. Yes it will cost more to do it quickly, but at least you can then go! I must admit whilst i do feel really sorry for you both, in all honesty, to me it's crazy that it was so close to the deadline your friend even tried to travel without getting a new passport. I don't think ANYWHERE in the world officially lets you in with less than 6mths to expiry (expecting of course for Europeans in Europe which are freedom of movement areas), and its often asked when booking tickets anyway. Some countries won't let you in with less than 9 or even 12 mths before expiry, and others won't even accept it as valid ID if its less than 6mths to go! I know none of that really helps though, i'm sorry.

For what it's worth, I really do feel your pain

Samsara - urm. I think i'm going to have to go with no comment to your original question...

10. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Once upon a time, I got stranded in Southern Albania when a storm prevented the coal powered tug from conencting Corfu with the town of Sarande. As I just HAD to get to Corfu that night (my Albanian visa was expiring and I had little money left) I had to pay a local man to drive me to the Greek border so that I could get a cruise liner from Igoumenista (spelling ?) instead...the journey was over mountainous roads which after night are controlled by bandits (the road signs were riddled with bullet holes, it was already 7pm) local man was scared of us falling victim to their roadblocks he drove around hairpin, gravel mountainous roads at 60mph, putting one back wheel going over edge of mountain road many many time affording me views of exploded cars and buses that put more than one back wheel over edge of mountain road. On arriving at the border 2 hours later my driver fled and left me to bribe the border guard to let me leave Albania (you're weren't really allowed to enter and exit at different points), i then had to run through the rain over 1 mile of no-man's land to get to the Greek border, who again questioned my entry and exit points, but who thankfully let me in without a bribe as funds were getting pretty darned low by now, whereupon I had to wait what seemed like ages for a taxi at the border crossing. When one finally arrived we sped off, were stopped twice by Greek guards searching under the car for Albanian immigrants, drove at God knows how fast as my ferry was soon to leave for Corfu, and then the driver got a call on his mobile which started off calm enough but then escalated into a full blown argument and culminated in me being told to get out at the roadside as the driver wanted to go and see his girlfriend to sort out their differences. So i found myself in the middle of a wood on a mountainside with 1 hour until my ferry went in the pouring rain...and then lightening started to come down, and then it started to hit the mountainside above me. Happy times. Eventually another taxi passed, picked me up, drove very fast to the port, i raced out to the ticket booth, bought a ticket, and ran my little heart out across the car park to the ferry which had closed it's loading doors......but hooray the nice Greek man at the gangplank saw me and opened the door, pushed me on, and closed the door behind me.

Phew !