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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Jul 6, 12, 1:16 am
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I recently made a huge mistake. I recently booked my family and myself for our summer vacation. Until 2 years ago it was always myself and three teenagers who travelled together and we were later joined by my husband. Two years ago we had a surprise baby join our clan. Anyways about 4 days before our travel I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I had only booked four people in our reservation. I had completely forgotten to book the airfare for our 14 year old. I can't understood how I did this except to think I booked our typical 4 persons in the PNR or what. I scrammbled to get him a seat on the flt which of course was overbooked. Finally ended up getting one seat in business so he had a happy flt and enjoyed the club in AMS.
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Old Jul 8, 12, 12:39 pm
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Missed a flight and EXTREMELY late for countless others while I've been sitting at the bar chatting with the bartender. (I was a part-time bartender back then and would always find something to talk about with any other bartender)

The only good part about being late is that it meant no standing in a queue and expedited passage through customs.
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Old Jul 8, 12, 8:24 pm
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Booked a trip for myself on points, then a week later decided that I would bring hubby and two girls along too. So I went online and booked their trip on a separate pnr.

It was only when we arrived at the airport for our return flights that we found out, after much consternation and digging, that I had booked their flight for a day later than mine. $400 and some long phone calls later we headed home on different flight!

Felt very, very stupid.
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Old Jul 8, 12, 10:39 pm
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I spontaneously decided to purchase a ticket for the ferry from Tarifa (Spain) to Tangier (Morocco) on my first solo trip outside the U.S. I was very proud of myself for conducting the purchase entirely in Spanish. Unfortunately, I bought the wrong ticket. I had wanted the ticket that included the group tour of Tangier.* When I stepped on to the dock in Tangier, it was apparent to what seemed like every taxi driver in the city that I was not already claimed by a tour guide, so they swarmed me and offered to personally escort me around the city. I was freaking out. I didn't have a map, the taxi drivers wouldn't take no for an answer, I knew nobody in the city, I didn't have any local concurrency, and I didn't know any of the local language. When I saw a police officer accept a bribe, I decided I was going back on the ferry immediately. Then I spotted the tour group I was supposed to be with, ran over to them, and begged them to let me join them. Fortunately, they did, and they even helped me get the passport stamps I needed to return to Tarifa later.

I am definitely a more experienced traveler now. I also do a far better job planning ahead.

*I am sure there are better ways to explore Morocco, but I rather enjoyed it after I calmed down.

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Old Jul 8, 12, 11:51 pm
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Nothing grand compared to many of those here, but was returning PER-SYD-LAX-DTW-PHL on DL. Went to extraordinary lengths to ensure I'd get to watch my college football game (a religious fan of WVU, here) on my layover in SYD. It was the first game on the schedule that year.

Well, for the first couple weeks of the college FB season, college plays a limited number of games on Sunday (NFL not being started yet). Turns out my game was on a Sunday, where as I had assumed Saturday all along. A $250 change fee and some fare difference, plus an extra unplanned night at the hotel, I was on land (still in PER) when game time rolled around. Couldn't buy booze (it was late Sunday, not really sure of Australian law) and the game experienced a tornado delay and eventually was suspended in the late-3rd/early-4th quarter. We did win though! And if nothing else, I can record this as a sign of my "dedicated fandom"
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Old Jul 9, 12, 7:49 am
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I was traveling to Budapest from O'Hare in the 90s on LH (via FRA) and went to work, took the subway to ORD around 2 hours before flight time and realized my passport was at home. Jumped in a cab (during rush hour) who zoomed back to my home, had to fill up his gas tank and got me back to ORD with about 20 minutes to spare. In the pre 9/11 days the kind GAs rushed me through and got me on the plane in minutes. I now carry my passport for a day or two before any international flights...
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Old Jul 9, 12, 8:03 am
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Neglected to pack any clean underwear for a one week trip. Wouldn't have been a problem except I was travelling with my mum and could not go out and buy new underwear without confessing to being an idiot. Had to wash the one pair I had every evening
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Old Jul 9, 12, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by exilencfc View Post
Neglected to pack any clean underwear for a one week trip. Wouldn't have been a problem except I was travelling with my mum and could not go out and buy new underwear without confessing to being an idiot. Had to wash the one pair I had every evening
You couldn't tell your own mother that you made a simple mistake?
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Old Jul 9, 12, 1:16 pm
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She'd still be taking the mickey out of me now - 5 years later
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Old Jul 9, 12, 3:51 pm
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Last month I was getting together some accommodation for my upcoming trip to the US and I had sorted out a few and booked them. The next day I get an email from a hotel in Miami saying they look forward to my arrival tomorrow. I was puzzled by this and looked at my booking again. Sure enough, I had booked it from the 10th of June to the 15th of June.

Problem is, I don't get there until November.

I had to quickly rebook my dates before copping some no show fees.
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Old Jul 9, 12, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by exilencfc View Post
She'd still be taking the mickey out of me now - 5 years later
Mothers...
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Old Jul 9, 12, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by exilencfc View Post
Neglected to pack any clean underwear for a one week trip. Wouldn't have been a problem except I was travelling with my mum and could not go out and buy new underwear without confessing to being an idiot. Had to wash the one pair I had every evening
I did something similar once, and absent mindedly packed only 1 pair of socks..not a huge deal, but I had to find a store and buy some which was a P.I.T.A.
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Old Jul 9, 12, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by exilencfc View Post
Neglected to pack any clean underwear for a one week trip. Wouldn't have been a problem except I was travelling with my mum and could not go out and buy new underwear without confessing to being an idiot. Had to wash the one pair I had every evening
Did I post this before? I went to Montana with no pants.

I did a vacation laundry and left it in the dryer. Never noticed how light the bag was. Arrived with maybe 2 shirts but no changes of pants for a 10 day outdoors trip. Ouch. And stores dont tend to carry my length and waist combo, so had to but pants, shears, needle, thread.... shorten... ugh.
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Old Jul 10, 12, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
As part of my job I had to work a month in an electrical supply warehouse. As I was cutting a lot of boxes I carried a switchblade style boxcutter with a six inch razor on it. Last summer after working a shift I drove down to PHX for a PHX-SNA flight. At the checkpoint I took all the usual belongings out of my pockets and went throught the metal detector. When it beeped I went back and took off my watch. When it beeped a second time I realized I still had the knife in my pocket. Luckily I was able to duck back out and throw it away before I was caught with it on me.

Two TSA agents saw me throw it out and when they asked me what I'd thrown away I said "a knife". They debated amongst themselves what to do with me and eventually let me go. I can't imagine what would have happened if they had patted me down and found it. I doubt they'd believe me if I said I forgot it.
This sort of thing has happened to me several times. As a single woman who grew up loving bad Steven Seagal movies and who now lives in a not-so-great neighborhood, I usually carry a knife. Sometimes I forget to remove it before traveling. Many times I've found it when I'm at my destination and realize it went through secuirty without being caught, which is scary.

The last time, TSA flagged something on the x-ray and searched my purse, finding nothing. They ran it again, while I sat humming and staring off into space, completely nonplussed. After a second search, the TSA agent said, "Ma'am, is this yours?", holding up my 4-inch lockblade. My face must've been beet red as I stammered out an apology and told him to just keep it. Oops.

My other idiotic moment was one of the day-earlier-than-I-thought flights. I had booked a Thursday night redeye, at 12:30am...or so I thought. I was at work late Wednesday night, when I checked my email and saw one of the "It's time to check in!" messages. Confused, I checked my reservation and saw that, indeed, my flight was 12:30am Thursday morning. I hadn't packed a single thing for my week-long trip from LAX-CHS, of course. Luckily, I still had 3 hours to make the flight and it worked out, but it definitely put a kink in my poor sister's work schedule as she had to take the morning off to pick me up in CHS a day early.
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Old Jul 12, 12, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by pittpanther View Post
You couldn't tell your own mother that you made a simple mistake?
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