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.
1| ALMOST KILLED BY A TURKISH HAIRDRESSER IN GERMANY
“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.’”
2 |THE MYSTERIOUS EUROPEAN SHOWER
“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?”
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!
3| CULINARY EXPERIMENTS
“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
4| THAI MASSAGE OR THAI TORTURE?
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 hour.” “No, I’m good with one.”
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
5 |CHASED DOWN A MOUNTAIN BY SOME LOCAL WOMEN
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
6 |DEATH ON THE BOAT
“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”
What would you do if you find yourself trapped in 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
7 |”MONKEY BUSINESS”. ON A CHICKEN BUS..
“As the bus ride progressed and the chicken bus going like crazy every one 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
8| FLATTERY GOES A LONG WAY
“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 chose among Sally’s dozen’s funny tales! She just drags you into her clumsy funny world so easily!
This time she writes about how flattery seem to be her weak point. Apparently, she can’t resist a compliment and she was convinced to join a group of Chinese tourists, that treat 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
9| FUNNY OUTRAGEOUS PICTURES
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 travelling over the years, as summarized in a photo essay.
In a post about funny/weird stories, i couldn’t certainly forget a photographic essay on some funny/irreverent pictures from around the world! Get ready to chuckle! 🙂
Source: Nomadic Samuel
10 |SPANKED AT A FISH MARKET
“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”
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
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!