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It’s Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails

February 6, 2017

It's Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails“It’s not all sunsets and beaches!” I say this a lot even if my Instagram may seem that way! Lots happen when I or when you travel that we don’t share with friends or even family. While bloggers may be more guilty of this than others, I am sure we all don’t tell people when things go wrong on our travels. I am here to share with you my travel fails!

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Losing my credit card in Rome

Outside of moving to Qatar, only my second international trip was to Rome. I had decided to spend my 2013 Christmas in Rome instead of returning home. To save on costs, I decided to rent an Airbnb and cook for myself. The first day I was there, I went to the grocery store since I knew they would be closed for the holidays soon. I used my credit card to pay. I felt rushed at the checkout and put my credit card in my wallet, but not in its slot. The next day, Christmas Eve, I discovered it was missing when I went to pay for something.

It's Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails

I decided not to freak out immediately. It was Christmas Eve and the grocery store was closed and was hoping it was still there. There were no strange charges on the card. However, I didn’t know that Italians celebrate a holiday the day after Christmas as well, so I had to wait till December 27th to find out the card was not at the store. A nice Roman woman helped me translate that I had lost the card, though. Apparently, someone found it on the street and threw it in the trash because there were never any unauthorized charges!


My inability to get my name correct on visas plagues me to my current trip to Sri Lanka! The first time this happened, I was applying for a visa to Turkey. The first time, I got my place of birth wrong. I said Texas, but my passport said the USA.  The next time I applied, I forgot my middle name. I had to purchase the Turkey visa three times before I got it right!

It's Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails

Apparently, I remembered all this when applying for my India visa, which was good because the form is like ten pages long! Sri Lanka continues with the visa fails as I forgot my middle name again! Fortunately, after panicking for about 24 hours, they emailed me back and said it was not an issue as long as the passport number and birth date were correct. Hopefully, this will be the last time I make this mistake.

Lost SD card/phone

Somewhere in Turkey is my SD card of all my pictures of Rome on it! Somehow, the SD card fell out of my camera case in Istanbul. I was disappointed but was glad I had downloaded them already.

I also managed to leave my phone in a restaurant bathroom in Istanbul, but my faith in humanity continues as the cleaning man left it at the hotel front desk!

Realizing how bad my early photos are while writing this blog post! And my willingness to share them with you.

It's Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails


I am prone to getting sick, although it has gotten better in recent years. Sometimes this getting sick rears its ugly head while traveling. The time that sticks out to me the most is when I had food poisoning in Jordan. I actually had been battling it before I left for the trip. It was bad, but I thought I had it beat. And I did until the night before I was supposed to fly out. I woke up in the night, and it didn’t go away. I spent that night in the bathroom and got on the plane with a ginger ale in my hand praying it would hold off till I got back to Qatar. This bug lasted months and would come and go. It had returned the day before I was supposed to fly back to Qatar from visiting family at Christmas!

It's Not all Sunsets and Beaches: My Travel Fails

Another flight back to Qatar from home and I had an asthma attack. I learned how prepared airlines are to treat medical emergencies and how grateful I was to the doctor on that flight that sat with me for a long time to make sure I would be okay.

Land sickness is a thing too! I learned that while I don’t get seasick, my inner ear doesn’t like getting back on land after a week on a sailboat. I felt so bad a week into my Greek sailing trip; The captain took me to the local clinic on Ios. The doctor declared me dehydrated and ordered rest and lots of water. It continued for the two days I was on Santorini.

This post was written in response to the Travel Linkup hosted by Polly, Emma, Angie and Eppie. Head over to their blogs to see their travel outtakes!

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  • Reply Wandermust mummy February 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Poor you – at least all the sunsets make up for it!

    • Reply Tiffany February 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Haha. I think I am still pretty lucky to be able to travel this much! They do!!

  • Reply scar February 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Ugh yes, getting sick abroad sucks! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets her own name from time to time 😉

    • Reply Tiffany February 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      It has to be the worst thing getting sick or injured while traveling. Haha! Glad I could help.

  • Reply Follow Your Sunshine February 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Ohhh Tif, poor you getting so sick while travelling. I think that’s got to be the worst time – when you’re ill you just want your own bed and home comforts around you. Thank goodness you had experienced people around you to help when you had your asthma attack though.

    Polly xx

    • Reply Tiffany February 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      It is the worst! It is bound to happen with all the traveling I do, though. Yes, Qatar Airways was great and I was grateful. Thanks, Polly!

  • Reply Ritu February 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    It just makes your trips more memorable though eh!!!

  • Reply April Munday February 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I once helped a chap at work apply for his visa for Turkey and it was very nerve-wracking. He’d left it to the last minute to apply and was new to the company, so couldn’t afford to make a bad impression. Fortunately we managed to get it done.

    • Reply Tiffany February 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      That is nerve racking! I’m glad it worked out.

  • Reply Lola Bellouere February 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I love this post so many nightmares! I got my passport no wrong on my Visa and they still let me through thankfully. I also left my bag in an airport bathroom with passports and boarding passes and they called the bomb squad in! X
    Lola Mia //

    • Reply Tiffany February 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Haha. Thanks. Losing my passport is my biggest fear!

  • Reply Traci York February 12, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    LOL! Thanks for the perspective, but the pictures in your blog still make me envious of your travels! Here’s to hoping your “fails” are small and easily manageable from here on out. 😀

    • Reply Tiffany February 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      You’re welcome! My pictures have improved at least. Thank you. I hope so too!

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