Last week I shared my most embarrassing travel goofs as well as Scott’s, and asked for you guys to share your biggest travel goofs with us–the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy mistakes or situations you’ve gotten yourself in. I narrowed down the entries to the top two, and then let you vote on a winner who will receive a $101 Southwest Gift card.
And the people have spoken.
Congratulations Tom! You received the most votes. Thanks to Paula and everyone else who participated by sending in their stories.
For those who haven’t read Tom’s travel goof, here you go…
“While traveling on our first ever trip abroad, my wife, Amy, had her knee start to bother her. Lots of walking in Venice! We were taking the train to Florence and the train came to a stop. I told her I would get the bags and started tossing them out the door. I went back to get the next load and people started to board the train. Being the southern gentleman that I am, I helped others board and store their bags as I made my way to the exit. The door closed before I could exit so I hit the emergency button and nothing. I waved to my wife as the train pulled out from the station and it’s next scheduled stop was Bologna. She also had my wallet! I had trouble communicating with the train staff but understood the train would not stop until Bologna. An hour or so away.
Amy tried to communicate with station employees and the police to no avail. With her knee she would struggle to get the bags down a floor to a taxi. I had all the reservation info with me and had her phone in my bag.
Another passenger failed to exit at Florence and finally convinced the conductor to stop at the next station. We had passed a few stations by that time and we had no idea where we were. No taxis were at this station and I had to walk into the city to flag one down. Tried to communicate as best I could and he drove me back to the station in Florence. I told him I would pay him when I found my wife. Fortunately, she adhered to our plan should we get divided. We always said she would stay put and I would try to find her. It worked out. After about an hour total we reconnected and I paid our taxi to take us to our hotel in Florence. Gave him a great tip. We can now finally laugh about this. It is smart to have a plan. You never know when you might get separated!”