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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Dec 28, 12, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Ryvyan View Post
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And this was my fault: the first time we went to a country with actual winter climate, we did not bring enough warm clothes. I was wearing ballerina flats and a thin coat, and it snowed on our second day in London. Fortunately we had gone to Oxford Street and bought boots on our first day. Was cold and miserable the rest of the trip though, but it was a very important lesson learnt because I was back the following year and I was warm and happy.
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You are not the first or the last tour group from tropical SIN to make that mistake. I ran into a S'porean tour group at the shopping arcade at Niagara Falls Casino Dec 31 last year buying winter clothes to partake in the outdoors new years eve festivities/party/concert/light show/fireworks.
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Old Dec 28, 12, 7:43 pm
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Last summer, my husband's father passed away in Italy. He had just returned home to YVR a couple of days prior after rushing to Italy when his father was admitted to hospital but flew back when he was told that his father was out of danger. We booked him on a flight the next day that would arrive at 11am into GOA for the 2pm funeral in his small hometown about 40 minutes away. He threw his clothes and a suit for the funeral in a garment bag that he always carries on. At his first connection in YYZ, he was made to check the bag and, as I am sure you can guess, they lost it at the FCO connection. He gets to his mother's house after 19 hours of travel with 20 minutes to spare and only the clothes he wore on the plane, a pair of shorts and a tshirt and sweater. His friends are all much bigger than he is so it was either borrow an extremely ill fitting suit or wear the shorts/tshirt to his father's funeral. He chose the latter but did borrow a pair of underwear from a friend, which he was graciously told to keep I can only imagine that the other mourners were wondering if this is how Canadians normally dress for solemn events and how my husband has inappropriately adopted our West Coast laid-back style since moving to Canada. Stupid mistake: not pulling out a change of clothes before checking the bag or being a bit more insistent on not checking it.

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Old Dec 29, 12, 4:05 pm
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Update to my story: on the AF flight I'm upgraded from Y to Y+, then to J What a nice way to start a vacation after such a nightmare!

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Old Dec 30, 12, 7:41 pm
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Here's another. I have (or had, I've since parked it) a 2007 Pontiac G6 in a state of disrepair. Recently, a coolant leak developed. I'd had to replace the coolant a few times but on December 11th when I was driving it to RDU I hadn't checked it recently. I had gone about 4 miles out of the 14 it takes me to get to the airport and was motoring along the US 70 freeway at about 65 MPH when I happened to glance down and saw my temperature gauge was way above normal and almost into the red. I pulled over and decided to pour more coolant in. Ever taken off the radiator cap when the car is hot? I hadn't and now I know why they tell you not too. It was like old faithful shooting out of my engine. A geyser of water, coolant and steam. Woulda been a real sight if it wasn't coming out of damn car.

Long story short, I got some coolant in but not enough to cool down the engine. I found the car wouldn't go above 40 without starting to overheat so I took the backroads to RDU which meant parking at the terminal not offsite (double the cost).

I parked the car permanently a week later. Now I'm trying to see what I can get for a 2007 with half a dozen dents and dings, 94,000 miles on the click, an expired registration (it'll need two tires to pass), a broken taillight and a coolant leak
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Old Dec 31, 12, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Here's another. I have (or had, I've since parked it) a 2007 Pontiac G6 in a state of disrepair. Recently, a coolant leak developed. I'd had to replace the coolant a few times but on December 11th when I was driving it to RDU I hadn't checked it recently. I had gone about 4 miles out of the 14 it takes me to get to the airport and was motoring along the US 70 freeway at about 65 MPH when I happened to glance down and saw my temperature gauge was way above normal and almost into the red. I pulled over and decided to pour more coolant in. Ever taken off the radiator cap when the car is hot? I hadn't and now I know why they tell you not too. It was like old faithful shooting out of my engine. A geyser of water, coolant and steam. Woulda been a real sight if it wasn't coming out of damn car.
Most cars have a separate white plastic bottle where u can add coolant without removing the radiator cap. Does the G6 not have that?
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Old Dec 31, 12, 3:33 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Here's another. I have (or had, I've since parked it) a 2007 Pontiac G6 in a state of disrepair. Recently, a coolant leak developed. I'd had to replace the coolant a few times but on December 11th when I was driving it to RDU I hadn't checked it recently. I had gone about 4 miles out of the 14 it takes me to get to the airport and was motoring along the US 70 freeway at about 65 MPH when I happened to glance down and saw my temperature gauge was way above normal and almost into the red. I pulled over and decided to pour more coolant in. Ever taken off the radiator cap when the car is hot? I hadn't and now I know why they tell you not too. It was like old faithful shooting out of my engine. A geyser of water, coolant and steam. Woulda been a real sight if it wasn't coming out of damn car.

Long story short, I got some coolant in but not enough to cool down the engine. I found the car wouldn't go above 40 without starting to overheat so I took the backroads to RDU which meant parking at the terminal not offsite (double the cost).

I parked the car permanently a week later. Now I'm trying to see what I can get for a 2007 with half a dozen dents and dings, 94,000 miles on the click, an expired registration (it'll need two tires to pass), a broken taillight and a coolant leak
A five year old car with a serious coolant leak? And people wonder why the American car industry is in trouble...
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Old Dec 31, 12, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Here's another. I have (or had, I've since parked it) a 2007 Pontiac G6 in a state of disrepair. Recently, a coolant leak developed. I'd had to replace the coolant a few times but on December 11th when I was driving it to RDU I hadn't checked it recently. I had gone about 4 miles out of the 14 it takes me to get to the airport and was motoring along the US 70 freeway at about 65 MPH when I happened to glance down and saw my temperature gauge was way above normal and almost into the red. I pulled over and decided to pour more coolant in. Ever taken off the radiator cap when the car is hot? I hadn't and now I know why they tell you not too. It was like old faithful shooting out of my engine. A geyser of water, coolant and steam. Woulda been a real sight if it wasn't coming out of damn car.

Long story short, I got some coolant in but not enough to cool down the engine. I found the car wouldn't go above 40 without starting to overheat so I took the backroads to RDU which meant parking at the terminal not offsite (double the cost).

I parked the car permanently a week later. Now I'm trying to see what I can get for a 2007 with half a dozen dents and dings, 94,000 miles on the click, an expired registration (it'll need two tires to pass), a broken taillight and a coolant leak
Yikes Back in October we sold our '92 Taurus (80k miles) for scrap for $500 cash. Maybe you can make some money in parts since it's not too old.

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Old Dec 31, 12, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by roberino View Post
A five year old car with a serious coolant leak? And people wonder why the American car industry is in trouble...
We have a a 5 year old Lexus that had Radiator seam failure. A bit different than a leak since a leak can be caused by something puncturing the radiator. But radiator seams should not fail, just shows that things happen in the Japanese Auto industry also (BTW, this was a manufactured in Japan Lexus).
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Old Dec 31, 12, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by swanscn View Post
We have a a 5 year old Lexus that had Radiator seam failure. A bit different than a leak since a leak can be caused by something puncturing the radiator. But radiator seams should not fail, just shows that things happen in the Japanese Auto industry also (BTW, this was a manufactured in Japan Lexus).
But where was the radiator or the core made?
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Old Jan 1, 13, 12:22 am
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Originally Posted by pittpanther View Post
Most cars have a separate white plastic bottle where u can add coolant without removing the radiator cap. Does the G6 not have that?
Maybe it does. Frankly, I don't know too much about cars and I was tired and focusing too much on making my flight to read my Owner's Manual or root around under the engine.

Originally Posted by roberino View Post
A five year old car with a serious coolant leak? And people wonder why the American car industry is in trouble...
Sad isn't it? Though my first car was a Mitsubishi and by the time it had 55,000 miles on the clock it had a compressor failure, two alternators go bad, two windows drop into their frames, the turn signal control stick break and the ignition lock fail.
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Hate to throw my gf under the bus, but this one is dumb yet harmless...

We are at SIN presently. As soon as we got into the taxi that picked us up from our hotel a few hours ago, the conversation went like this...

Taxi driver: "Where are you going?"
My girlfriend: "Airport! International terminal!"

(OK, technically she was correct...)
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Old Jan 1, 13, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by tommyleo View Post
Hate to throw my gf under the bus, but this one is dumb yet harmless...

We are at SIN presently. As soon as we got into the taxi that picked us up from our hotel a few hours ago, the conversation went like this...

Taxi driver: "Where are you going?"
My girlfriend: "Airport! International terminal!"

(OK, technically she was correct...)
Taxi driver: "Which International Terminal?"
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Old Jan 1, 13, 12:42 pm
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Grrr. At the Gare Austerlitz in Paris. We thought our train to Barcelona was at 8pm... schedule change (which was long enough ago that the new time is printed on our tickets) to 22h16

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Old Jan 1, 13, 8:15 pm
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I had been on the road around a week and was landing at DFW. On the shuttle bus to long term parking a fellow passanger asked how long I had been gone; when I told him he just smiled. A hailstorm had basically wrecked my car; windshield out, trim just hanging there. Needless to say I took a cab home; car was totalled. Probably more unlucky than dumb but a bummer either way.
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Old Jan 2, 13, 4:01 am
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Laughed myself stupid when I heard this one.

My colleague had an appointment in Montana for this week. He was supposed to be in the lab in Bozeman all day on 2nd and 3rd Jan with a customer. The only flight he could book (booked on 24/12) was outbound on 31st Dec. He wasn't happy as he had tickets to go to a club in London for New Years Eve. He rang the airline twice every day to ask if there were seats free on New Years Day and on the 30th he finally got told there was a cancellation. He rebooked and jubilantly went off to London for the night after packing in readiness. He woke up early, drove to the airport in plenty of time and went to check in. The agent told him, "Sir, your ticket was for yesterday. Please go to the ticket desk to sort it out." Obviously he went berserk and took out a spadeful of rage on the agents concerned and was actually talking to a senior manager who helpfully went through his booking history, telling him in the process that his original ticket was for 31/12, he rebooked for 1/1 but he was a no show.

"But today is the first of January!" he yelled.

"No sir, today is the second of January. You are a day late. It will be GBP1200 to rebook your ticket for today's flight."

It turns out that his New Year party in London was so good that both he and his partner had slept through his 7am alarm on 1/1 and were awoken by the repeating alarm on 2/1. We're fairly sure he will have to stump up the GBP1200 himself...
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