Laugh, it is part of the experience!


Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

As I promised in last week’s blog, this one is about my personal memories from “disaster” trip experiences.

They don’t appear in order of importance, date, or anything like that, just experiences that have become unforgettable memories.

Here they are:

In Quito, Ecuador, I was having great breakfast at the hotel. Personally, I don’t enjoy those ready-made buffet omelettes, I prefer to order an egg white omelette with veggies. It didn’t cost any extra from the prepaid buffet, even though there was no proper note at the table to let Americans know that they could order custom made eggs with no extra charges. On the third day at the hotel, I had a meeting at breakfast time with the hotel manager and some VIPs of the hotel chain. I didn’t want to spend time ordering my special egg white omelette, nor did I want to eat the pre-made buffet omelette, so I made a huge plate of dragon fruit (such a new, delicious fruit for me!) Well, no one told me that eating lots of dragon fruit would give me a bad stomachache. During the walking tour, I ended up visiting a bathroom every 2 blocks for $0.50 each time. I could give tips about almost all the bathrooms in Quito, LOL!

During our first trip to Israel, we hired a transfer to and from the airport to the hotel. On our second visit, we decided to get a taxicab for 5 people (our 2 young kids, my mother in law, my husband and myself). The trip was during December and it was cold. We all got into this big cab while my husband was getting 5 big pieces of luggage into the trunk. This was before we began traveling with carry-ons. Well, it was Friday and the taxi driver had the trunk full of fruit and vegetables for Sabbath, and there was no space for our luggage. They were placing the luggage on the roof of the cab. From inside the cab, we watched as the luggage fell to the ground a couple of times before they could get them all tied securely on top. We were laughing our hearts out. We still talk about that memorable experience, and it still brings a big smile to our faces.

Another memory was made during the winter in Switzerland. Once again, in a cab, and again the 5 of us – over 20 years ago. We left the hotel on a very snowy night. We realized that we forgotten our wallets at the hotel, so we went back in the same cab to the hotel. While waiting for the wallet to be retrieved, we opened both doors in the back of the cab for some fresh air.  In a split second, a huge San Bernard dog jumped into the cab and sat on top of us. After the scared surprise, we were laughing very hard.

There are so many more memorable experiences that could easily be considered bad events, scary or negative in some way, but my family and I always prefer to think things like this give some flavor and add fun and unexpected surprises to a great trip.

I hope you can view your trips in the same way, looking for the positive in every experience.

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