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Travel Blunders: 6 Trips Gone Horribly Wrong

Updated on November 17, 2011

Traveling is super fun and all, but no matter how much time you spend finding the perfect destination, the perfect bed and breakfast and the perfect transportation, something always goes wrong. Usually it’s something minor, like forgetting your toothbrush, getting lost in a foreign city or even forgetting your passport at home and almost missing your flight because you had to go home and get it. But these unlucky people had it a little rougher than that...

They Meant To Go To Sydney, Australia...


But Ended up in Sydney, Nova Scotia


Two British teenagers thought they were en route to sunny Australia, but they actually arrived in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Raeoul Sebastian and Emma Nunn, both 19, started to feel uneasy during the 6-hour plane ride to Canada, but they just thought it was part of the route. But they became extremely concerned when they transferred to a tiny plane. Sure enough, the small plane landed in Cape Breton. But rather than throwing a hissy fit, the easygoing couple spent the weekend eating lobster and hanging out by the ocean. They had a great time, but they still want a refund.

He meant to Go to Oakland California...


But Ended up in Auckland New Zealand


MIchael Lewis, bound for Oakland, California, made a 10,000 km mistake: During a layover in Los Angeles, a New Zealand official announced boarding for what he thought was his flight. But no, it was actually a flight to Auckland. Auckland, Oakland, Tomato, Tamahto. After a 13-hour flight, the airline agreed to give him a free flight back home. Lewis spend a day in Auckland before heading to Oakland (the real Oakland).

She Meant to go to Costa Rica...


But Ended up in Puerto Rico


Imagine arriving in a foreign country and learning your hotel is actually in a different country, 2000 km away. That’s exactly what happened to Samantha Lazzaris when her booking agent typed in the wrong code. Rather than sending Lazarris to Costa Rica (SJO), the typo sent her to Puerto Rico (SJU). She had to fork over £800 to get herself to the correct destination, but the agent has agreed to refund her horrible vacation.

He Meant to go to Seattle...


But Ended up in Germany


Another layover gone awry! While waiting for his flight from New York to Seattle, Yauheni Shchytou, who didn’t speak English, was escorted to the check-in by Delta officials. He met quite a few Russian people on board but didn’t think much of it until he woke up in Frankfurt, Germany. Turns out the gangway was shared by two planes and Shchytou went left when he should have gone right. Oops.

She Meant to go to Dulles, Virginia


But Ended up in Charlotte, North Carolina


Delta Airlines gave a wheelchair-bound, 80-year-old grandmother the wrong boarding pass, resulting in her being dropped off 520 km from her actual destination. According to an article in the Daily Mail, her family “got a phone call at 4:30 pm from the airport saying, ‘Your grandmother is in baggage claim. Where are you guys?’” Harsh. My only question is: What happened to the other poor sucker? I mean, if this lady got the wrong boarding pass, who got hers?

They Meant to go to the Canary Islands...


But Ended up in Turkey


A family bound for the Canary Islands wasn’t too pleased when they heard the phrase, “Welcome to Turkey.” Unbeknownst to them, they were issued the wrong boarding passes when they left Cardiff, Wales. The passes stated their destination as “Bodrum Airport,” but the family wasn’t aware it was in Turkey. And as soon as they boarding the plane, they all fell asleep. The booking agent refunded the tickets and offered them a free holiday to Ibiza instead, which the family accepted.


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      BushOutback 5 years ago from Tanzania

      I'm just glad I DID arrive in Hell's Kitchen...

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      Oh my! I have always been worried about ending up at the wrong place, but I look over the boarding pass thoroughly. Some of these places do look like good places to go to. I wouldn't mind a free trip there, as long as I can get back to my destination.

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      raakachi 6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Hi Carlifrenneman, You think of different idea and presenting a different hub. I like it. By God's grace, such mistake didn't happen to me. thanks for sharing a different subject. voted as interesting!.

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      Reginald Chan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi there,

      Thank you for hub. Very interesting and quite worries me especially as I am going for my trip later next year. Gosh, just reminded myself to recheck my tickets a few tiems to be safe :)