16 Experiences of the True Traveller

You can proudly call yourself a traveller if you have experienced at least a few of these:

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1. Had a ‘brush’ with the authorities in a foreign country (extra kudos for a night in a cell).

2. Found yourself conversing fluently with the locals in a language you cannot speak after several shots of the local tipple.

3. Spent many sleepless nights in hostels, listening to the snoring/coughing/grunting/groaning/packing of dorm mates whilst dreaming of boutique hotels.

4. Sold a prized possession to pay for the flight/ferry/bus to the next stop along on your itinerary.

5. Sold blood/sperm/soul to pay for the flight/ferry/bus to the next stop along on your itinerary.

6. Suffered from an upset stomach in at least half of the countries you have visited after eating something you are still glad you didn’t recognise.

7. Been forced to pay some form of bribe to authorities to cross a border or get through customs.

8. Spent at least one day in a foreign hospital with concussion because you fell off the bar drunk!

9. Been mugged or held up in a foreign city ………………… twice!

10. Broken up with a partner mid-trip. (Extra kudos if you exchanged them for a flight/ferry/bus ticket to the next stop along on your itinerary).

11. Drunk yourself sober on a lethal local concoction with new found friends ………………… twice! (Extra kudos if in the same 24 hour period).

12. Had your dirty underwear stolen in a hostel. (No comment)

13. Run out of money mid-trip and had to call home to have funds ‘wired’ to you (additional kudos if you ‘busked’ your way to extra cash).

14. Met at least one crazy person whilst travelling in a different country.

15. Been crushed between two could be members of the Klump family on a tiny, clapped out bus on a remote and barely discernible road to nowhere in particular.

16. Enjoyed at least one Full Moon Party, then spent the following two weeks recovering.

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Waltzering around

I have experienced at least a few of these, how many and which I am not at liberty to say ……. on the grounds it would definitely incriminate me!

So what do you think, how many have you personally experienced, and do you have any you want to add?


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    1. Post

      Glad you got a laugh out of it Elle, though sure getting mugged didn’t have you laughing at the time, at least you got away safely.

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      Twice in one day? Wow you either travel to extra dangerous places or are extremely unlucky? Either way deserve the additional kudos!

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      I hope the monkey was not too aggressive or big Raul, seems you escaped with all of your typing fingers intact at least 😉

  1. Bekka Scott

    This is fanTASTIC 🙂

    How about ‘Been asked to translate in a tiny airport over intercom, ‘Um, someone has left their dressbag in the toilet… no! Sorry… in the toilet… Oh no! I mean, in the restroom. Dressbag in the restroom!’ because they didn’t want to say ‘toilet’ over the intercom.” Whoops…

    I also brought my violin, just in case some busking was necessary, and ended up recording a hip hop album instead. So that worked out nicely. 🙂

    Thanks for the lists, can’t wait to throw some up on my own site!
    All the best 🙂

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      Thanks Bekka sounds like you have some great traveller experiences to share, love the hip hop album one especially. Not really a list fan but they are ok for when just want to put a smile on peoples faces 🙂

    1. Post

      Thanks Kylie but I actually do not have any idea what that is, even googled it but nothing clear came up. Glad you took the time to comment though.

  2. Karla

    This is such a funny list Iain 😉

    I can certainly check #1, 2, 3 and 13.

    1- I looked like a dumb tourist in South Korea, so I called the Tourism Office and they asked me if there was a police officer nearby. I did see 2 and a police car escorted me to the Cultural Center where I wanted to go lol!

    2- My welcome party & introduction to Soju (potent drink made out of potatoes, sort of like Korean Vodka) had me speaking in their language 😉

    3- Staying at hostels during my 2 month solo trip in Europe, incredible all the suffering but also all the fun!

    13- Luckily I only needed help to get back from Barcelona to London to retrieve my suitcase left at my ex’s house in London. He left it outside in the rain. That b$%$T! Nice way to end my trip.

    Now I can laugh about it, memories are priceless and unforgettable right? 😉

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      Thanks for listing your experiences Karla, sounds like you’ve had some fun and games yourself. All memories are indeed unforgettable. Thanks again for sharing yours.

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