WHEN TRAVEL GOES WRONG: Best Funny /Weird Travel Stories

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“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” 

  Mark Twain


A  good travel story is usually the result of something that has gone (terribly)wrong.

Those “Huh oh” moments can be quite unpleasant experiences, but you instantly know that they will make an excellent story for years to come!

I love these stories, first of all, because they show the less glamorous part of traveling and because they are an important part of the travel itself. They represent the challenge, the adventure, the thrill.

Basically, everything a real traveler is looking for when venturing outside his/her comfort zone.

I had a mission:

To search and collect the weirdest stories around the web and put them together in a top ten post. To reach my goal I started extensive research on blogs and various websites. I even searched the most remote pages of Google to spot them. It wasn’t as easy as I thought!

What I found and selected in the end, is definitely worth reading! Some stories are incredibly funny, others are creepy or beautifully written, whilst some others are quite spicy (stay away if you are a prude).

No matter how different they are, they all have one thing in common: They made me laugh or chuckle a bit. And in case something goes REALLY WRONG, there are legal ways and consultancies services you can count on (which is a release! phewwww).

Another word of advice…be very careful when you choose travel insurance for your trip! I never go without it and even if in some of these funny stories it might not be necessary, trust me that in other cases… it most certainly is!

For each story, I will insert a quick excerpt to give you a glimpse of what the fuss is all about, and I’ll put the relevant link to the article if you want to read the filthy details 🙂



Scroll till the end to find an article that seriously cracked me up! It’s not technically a story, but it’s definitely travel related!


“I had dreamed of that moment for hours… That fantastic moment where I was given the key to my room and I would have seen the most precious thing in the world: A BED. What I see instead is a sofa in the living room of an unknown house, located in between the entrance door and the kitchen door. I swear I was about to faint. “



This is a new series of my blog. Given that my friends and followers on Fb love the live chronicles of my horror travel stories… I decided to start posting them in here. In this occasion… well, this is how the land of Kangaroos welcomed the first night after 24 hours in the air, lost in space-time and angry like a stray cat 😀

Source Keep Calm And Travel: Travel Horror Stories: Me, David & The Taxi Driver



“The hairdresser proceeded to shave around the perimeter of my hairline, focusing mostly on the back of my neck. He moved the razor in quick little strokes, handling its edge with feline grace. I made the mistake of picturing how easily he could take my eye out, or how quickly he might give me a Sweeney Todd, and it was then my complexion faded from ‘Eggshell Uncomfortable’ to ‘Chartreuse Sputum.’”


This is an absolutely brilliant story, reporting how a simple question about politics can change the course of a simple hair cut from magic to tragic.

Will our hero succumb under the claws of the Turkish hairdresser?

SOURCE: Oh God My Wife is German


“There were no knobs or handles of any kind that I could turn to get the water running. There was this little console inside, which I tried to use. At first, it seemed self-explanatory. It had dials for water temperature and water pressure, and a start/stop button! Plus, it was all in English! Surely I could figure this out, right?”

The mysterious shower

The mysterious shower

A very Funny insight on how an innocent European shower can become a mysterious sinister object for the poor American Tourist.

Will Geraldine figure out how to handle a “highly technological” European Shower? click on the link below!

This is a must read tale from a  super talented writer. Geraldine would be able to make you laugh even by writing on how she drinks her coffee!

Source: Everywhereist




“While in Vang Vieng, Laos, two other travelers and I decided to visit the local market one evening. The idea was that we would each purchase some kind of food item to bring back to the guesthouse and share with the group for a nice local dinner”


The post I’m linking to is a collection of stories from Derek Baron. He decided to put together a list of the dumbest things he did during his 14 years of extensive traveling. The result is a quite hilarious post where, among other funny experiences, Derek tell us on how he decided to eat a Rat, in an attempt to try the local cousin.

How did the experiment go?

Source: Wandering Earl





Her black eyes examined me closely, wrinkles forming in her chestnut brown facial skin as she visually assessed me prior to my massage. “You big boy. I think you need two hours.” “No, I’m good with one.”

Would you like a massage??!

Would you like a massage??!

Beware on who you put your trust in. A relaxation massage turned into a Karate match against an old Thai lady. Who is going to be the winner?

Source: One dad one kid





“Wow, these people are so friendly!” I thought to myself. This is exactly the kind of cultural encounter every traveler hopes for – walking down a mountain en route to a rural village, water buffaloes munching away on shrubs, women from a local hill tribe joining for a walk. Why this is the kind of stuff makes the feature story on the National Geographic! Right?


We’ve all been there: captured by the innocent smiles and kindness of the locals in a foreign land… Be careful when putting your pink glasses on, as you will also probably need a good pair of shoes to run away as fast as possible! click below to read Audrey’s escape plan!

Source: That Backpacker


“I immediately felt my chest tighten and my heart began to race as my mind replayed the events of the past few days – had I been using insect repellent? Had I been covered up? Had I been bitten? I was suddenly convinced that I was about to die too”

Smiles before the nightmare begins

Lauren Smiling before the nightmare begins

What would you do if you find yourself trapped on a slow boat with a poor dead body lying next to you? This is obviously not a funny story, but a rather creepy adventure on the Mekong river. Lauren has an entire anthology of weird and funny-tragic stories on her website.

A must read!

Source: Never ending Foot Steps





“As the bus ride progressed and the chicken bus going like crazy everyone sliding back and forth in every direction I noticed something weird. I kept feeling his leg purposely touching my leg so I, of course, started making my leg touch his as well”


Warning: Spicy Adventure ahead! 🙂 Some travel bloggers are quite adventurous and brave enough to tell us all about their hot encounters… This story is probably one of the most popular spicy tales of the past few years… No need to get embarrassed tough. I actually admire those people who can be very open about their life, and the story is pretty hilarious! want to know more? Put the kids to sleep first 🙂

Source: Breakaway Backpacker





“Hello! You are beautiful,” he began. While my first reaction was to keep on walking, I stopped to listen anyway. Because you have to admit, the man had a valid point.


Honestly? I didn’t know which post to choose from Sally’s dozen’s funny tales! She just drags you into her clumsy funny world so easily!

This time, she writes about how flattery seems to be her weak point. Apparently, she can’t resist a compliment and she was convinced to join a group of Chinese tourists, that treats her like the star of the hour! Do you want to know how she ended dressed like a local on a rice terrace? Click on the link to read about her adventure!

Source: Unbrave Girl


Instead, I’ve decided to share some of the more quirky, bizarre, outrageous, outlandish, humorous, funny, ridiculous, absurd & truly off-the-charts moments I’ve experienced while traveling over the years, as summarized in a photo essay.



In a post about funny/weird stories, I couldn’t certainly forget to add a photographic essay on some funny/irreverent pictures from around the world! Get ready to chuckle! 🙂

Source: Nomadic Samuel





“It was hot. Korean summer hot. Melting makeup hot. Seriously, summer in Korea gets up into the 30s and feels like plus 40s with 100% humidity and not a drop of rain. I had undone the top of my shirt to let a little air in and I suppose I should mention my breasts”

Busan 101 - Bridge

This is a funny short tale on how you need to be extra careful whilst traveling in a different cultural environment. Especially in terms of clothing! 🙂

Source: The Escapism Artist




1) “Flight attendant on a Virgin Australia flight “And today we have someone who is celebrating their 21st birthday, please stand up xxxxxxx……Fancy that, 21 and never been in a Virgin.”

2) “Please feel free to leave behind any of your items in the overhead compartment; I’m having a yard sale this weekend.”

3) “Hi, I’m Captain Amanda Smith. Yes, I’m a female pilot and as a benefit, if we get lost on the way I won’t be afraid to stop and ask for directions.”

4)On an early morning flight, “I noticed a few ladies who forgot to put on their makeup this morning. I’ll be dimming the lights for your convenience.”

5)“How about that landing? Not bad for his first day.”

Do you want to read more?! Check out the full article, to die for!

Flights and Frustration


So Here they are, the 10 of the funniest/weirdest travel articles I found on the web and let me tell you, It’s been a real challenge to find them!

Why is that? don’t people write enough about their weird adventures? am I a bad researcher or it’s just Google trying to hide them really well??

Whatever the reason, it’s a pity as these are the stories that transform the average traveler in a real Indiana Jones!

If you have a very funny story to share, please leave a comment with your link or a quick recap! I’d love to discover other Crazy adventurers out there! Come out from your shell and share your stories with us! 


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Jason Wilford

Oh God My Wife is German :p What was it???

Sonia Horn

Wow, wonderful weblog format! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The total look of your site is magnificent, let alone the content material!


What a nice experience when traveling !


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Sooooooo funny! Great share!

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This was an awesome post. it inspires me to send it my mother whenever I decide to travel overseas alone. She freaks out everytime.

Nice post! Thanks for sharing!

Laura Cooper

This makes my day. I enjoy every single story in this post.

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Loved every single story! I’ll have to write down some accidents that happened to me while travelling as well.


Your post had gave me ideas that how to share funny video. Thanks for sharing

Tiya Giri

The index is really helpful. I love how you edit the post Glad you find the information useful. Thank you very much for share this great helpful information with us.

Dinosaur River Expeditiona

I’d love to travel too! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Dear Lord! 4 years since the post was published but the comments just keep coming and for a good reason! Thanks for putting together this list and interesting read! The accident on the boat is truly a creepy experience!

Superb and funny post..! Really loved it… Keep posting….

Hong Phuc

Love this blog…the main reason being is as travelers we ALL have something happen during our adventures. Regardless if they are truly bad or bizarre my thoughts on these events turn out to be some of our biggest highlights! These are the stories we will find ourselves repeating to eager ears back home and on the road, if you visit Vietnam, you will get it !

I’ve had so many crazy experiences travelling. Once in Cambodia I was caught on a bus where the drivers were smuggling drugs behind my chair! Just last week I was hitch hiking and I got caught up in the middle of a street race on a single motorbike with two other people, two bags and no helmets. You can read about it on my blog Admin note: Please avoid linking to articles (even if they can be of good quality, it allows spammers to do the same and it would become a real nightmare). People can already check out your… Read more »

Brilliant stories! If you’re doing anything similar in the future, hit us up, we have a lot to tell from our worldwide experiences! Great site by the way 🙂

Yeah, Thank you for sharing, greating..:)

I can totally relate about the European showers. During my trip to Europe, I was flummoxed by them.

Nicely put…i like the MYSTERIOUS EUROPEAN SHOWER 🙂

Hello my name is Daniel I’m a stand-up comedian from Edinburgh Scotland.

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I thought travel always goes wrong. Maybe that’s just me…

Even tho I’m European I can totally relate to European shower trouble 😉 Love this post!

Aras Androck

Is that a rat? Ewww!

Funny stories and unforeseen mishaps are always part of traveling. This is what makes it more memorable for us. Despite these, I know we can all say that without these funny stories, your travel wouldn’t be as fun as it was.

I love funny travel stories – and writing about them. My favourite lately was called the Perils of Potties in Japan – or something like that – featuring a hitech toilet that wouldn’t stop spurting water all over the place.

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Cool tales. I only travel so I don’t run out of dinner party conversations.. ;P The things that don’t go quite right are often the best stories!