Ah Holidays! Always an adventure!
Here are some of Oracle Juice’s most memorable (in all the worst ways) travel experiences.
My worst travel experience would be on my fifteenth birthday. I was on a family holiday in Tasmania. And the night before my birthday we went on a ghost tour in Port Arthur and I couldn’t sleep from terror.
So the next morning I had poor sleep, forgot it was my birthday, and didn’t get much in the way of good wishes because I wasn’t hassling people and we had to pack up and shift on a TEN HOUR DRIVE to get to the next destination in our tour.
We had crappy sandwiches for lunch in cold weather while sitting on a log , and shared a small square of fudge between the four of us, that I portioned out while bumping about in the car.
Come dinner time, I was choosing some pizza for dinner, and my dad was giving me the hurry up so he could go back to the motel room and watch some nerdy TV show. At the end of that, I had to hassle for SOMETHING written in my birthday card.
For presents I got a $4 book that I’d got a few days before to only have it then nicked off me to be returned as a gift, and a pair of socks.
Wow. Thanks family. Memorable trip that one! 😛
I recently had a family trip to Perth for my cousins wedding. The holiday itself was lovely and the wedding beautiful but it was the actual travelling that really got it up there on the ‘worst list’.
The day began in the freezing depths of the Canberra Airport. It was 5:am. My uncle was jealous we had a newspaper and I felt the first stirrings in my stomach of what I presumed to be ‘early morning pangs of no breakfast/no sleep/pre-airplane nerves. We hit bad turbulance to Melbourne then had to wait for the connection to Perth. I had a coffee and a sandwhich. Bad. Idea. I then started to feel quite horrendously ill. I tried walking around and forcing myself to throw up. Nothing. I was ‘not quite sick yet’. But I could feel it getting worse.
We boarded the plane and I felt really sweaty. Then we got delayed on the tarmac, WHY!?!?!? We weren’t allowed to get out of our seats and I needed the bathroom NOW. When the seatbelt light went off ten horriffic minutes later I sprinted down the plane where the hostesses made me sit down. They said the light was only for them and I had to wait a few minutes. I’m not ashamed to say I cried a bit.
A few panicked minutes later they let me use the bathroom. After that I had the full unending sympathy of the Virgin Blue staff. I cannot thank them enough. They set me up on spare seats with free water, lemonade, pillows and blankets and checked on me every five seconds. I spent the first hour of the flight in the teeny weeny plane bathroom and the other three hours wishing I was dead and trying to reassure people I wasn’t dying. It was the. worst. trip. ever. I had the most extreme gastro I have ever encountered and no drugs. Apparently I was ‘freakishly pale’ and I fluctuated between burning and freezing. It was full scale fever time.
On the plus side I got oodles of free things! :p
When we set down in Perth to extreme heat it pretty much couldn’t get worse. And thanks to a time difference we were all asleep by 7pm.
I was pretty excited for the trip back- I was feeling fine! I even had a hearty congratualtions thrown my way for not causing a scene – thanks family. So naturally after a good plane ride, I disembarked in Canberra to come face to face with a nervous young Virgin Blue staff member informing me that red wine had exploded in my bag on the way over, and would I like some plastic bags? FML.
I haven’t done as much traveling as some, but I’ve done a fair bit, visited some incredible places, seen some truly amazing sights, made beautiful new friends, tasted delicious food and drink. Most of my travels have been incredible! But like anything, not all of it was good.
The worst experience I ever had was in-between Greece and Italy. It was the first time I had been not only overseas, but also away from home for so long. One of my closest friends and I did a tour around Egypt then spent some time in Greece.
The whole thing was a bit of a culture shock for us and after our Egypt tour, we were by ourselves, nothing pre-booked, no transport already organized. We were traveling for three months and were determined to save our money and see as much as we could, we were also really nervous about being on our own and facing the language barrier.
We decided to take a ferry from Greece to Italy, and in a effort to save money, we didn’t book a cabin. Woooorst move ever! How were we to know that they were going to show an R rated movie with various violent sex scenes TWICE in the general seating areas annnd turn off the heating overnight!
There were other people who brought a whole BED with them! She laid out a doona then another blanket then another doona then a huge blanket over the top with pillows and everything. They looked SO comfortable!
To make matters worse there was a school group on the boat, groups of teens running around going back and forth from what I imagine were heated cabins looking all comfortable and refreshed.
We survived the trip and got off at Bari, a town in Italy. We stood around for a little while waiting for a bus that was supposed to arrive, before deciding to catch a taxi.
We ended up in a strange ‘hotel’, which seemed more like someones apartment that they had decided to convert into a hotel. They only took cash and the room just had a padlock on the inside….very strange
So lessons learnt
- When you’re traveling in a vehicle, boat, whatever, for a long period of time, if there is an option for extra comfort…..take it
- Always carry a pashmina or large scarf, its light and can double as a blanket.
- Have accommodation booked in the place you’re arriving in, searching for somewhere to stay is exhausting, especially if you’ve got a lot of luggage
- be mindful of arriving in places at night or early in the morning – nothing will be open!
Jane’s Advice:if you walk into a room that smells of weed and you have to step over the beer bottles and remove the mens shirts to get to the bed its probably best to change rooms- or hostels!
Also- always pack panadol, gastro-stop, water and a small towel or cloth that can be easily transformed into a comforting headcloth!