Three Thing Thursday: Embarrassing travel moments

I am a quarter of a century old. That puts me firmly in my mid-20s. Yet I still do some incredibly stupid things on a regular basis. Witness:


  • Wake up in the middle of the night. Realise I forgot to completely fill out the address section on the postcard I sent off to one of my best friends earlier in the day. The woman who sold me the stamps and (as far as I gathered through rudimentary sign language) promised to mail it for me probably wouldn’t notice – and if she did, how would she even track me down? HEADDESK,
  • Go down to reception to pay for our hostel room. Hand over a 1000 baht note and wait patiently for my change. There’s an awkward moment, then the staffer delicately informs me that I actually only gave him 100 baht – well short of the 400-something baht due. What can I say? Dealing with foreign currency is a bitch, especially when the bills look similar.
  • I’m chilling out in our room, messing around on the computer. I hear voices outside – it sounds like someone has actually come out all the way down to the end of the hall and gone out onto the smoker’s balcony just around in front of our window. Then I realise our (semi-transparent, netting) curtains aren’t drawn – and I’m sitting there on the bed at eye level in nothing more than my knickers. (Hey, Bangkok is hot, and all we had was a weak ceiling fan.)

 When did you last embarrass yourself?

6 thoughts on “Three Thing Thursday: Embarrassing travel moments

  • Reply krantcents September 12, 2013 at 11:33

    Making mistakes is not a bad thing! It means you are doing something.

  • Reply Budget and the Beach September 12, 2013 at 11:38

    I could see myself doing those kind of things. Hell I’ve done #2 with American currency. How’s THAT for embarrassing!

  • Reply Sarah Li Cain September 13, 2013 at 00:03

    I was a guest of a family that didn’t speak a word of English. When I arrived at the house, the mother told me to take a shower. I was informed later (by someone who spoke broken English) that I should have closed the curtain because people could see me showering from the street.

  • Reply Sandy L September 13, 2013 at 22:10

    Don’t forget to eat the wonderful fruit while you’re in Thailand. Yum.. Just avoid that thing that’s a cross between a pineapple and onion. I’m sure it’s great in a cooked dish, but straight up it was gross. Love Thailand, but have no idea what it’s like now. I Saw it pre-tsunami.

  • Reply Forest Parks September 15, 2013 at 07:06

    I’ve been switching currency every few years but just two weeks ago I seemed to have misplaced a 5000 huf note (roughly $22 usd). Counting my change I came to the conclusion I paid somewhere with a 5000 instead of a 500! Someone kept their mouth shut!

    I was walking around in my boxer shorts for the first few days in this sublet and recently realised everyone can see clearly in from the stairs in the building hall way!

    So two out of three similar stories and I have only been in Budapest three weeks :).

    You just have to ‘own’ these mistakes and get on with life :).

  • Reply Marissa@Thirtysixmonths September 16, 2013 at 00:38

    I was smiling the whole time I was reading this. Well I do hope you enjoyed your vacation, after all it won’t be complete without some mishaps along the way. Great experience still!

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