As sensible as you are, it’s hard to always have your wits about you when you’re off travelling. I am ‘the mammy’ of the group within my friends, roaring at them to stuff toilet paper in their handbags before a festival (because portaloo’s are bad enough already, lets not make the situation any worse!) and pulling out bandages, scissors, hair spray, pretty much everything except the kitchen sink because that’s just what I do.
But, what I also do is wander around on my own in the dark and challenge myself to drink more absinthe than any living person ever has without dying. You can’t win’em all!
So here are three of probably the most stupid things I have done abroad in my time:
3) Leaving my belongings unattended…. while skinny dipping
6 o’ clock in the morning in the beautiful town of Split, my friend and I thought it would be the funniest thing in the world to go skinny dipping. So off with our kits we went, into the water we go, and away with my purse a man runs! Can’t deny the complete and utter stupidity behind that one – but it was still a pretty thrilling experience, and a lovely lady at a bus station found all my cards, found me on facebook, got my address and sent them all back to me! Every cloud 🙂 plus, he actually left my iPhone and only stole my wallet, so he was a pretty bad robber.
2) Betting on the street in Budapest.. Without considering the currency exchange
I’m standing there, watching men drop €500 at a time on the stupid game where you have to follow the ball hidden underneath a bottle cap as he switches three of them around constantly. I watching him for about ten minutes until I see him make a mistake and show the ball underneath one of the caps so I think ‘this is my time!’ I told my boyfriend ‘it was like buying money’ because I SAW the ball under the cap just as he stopped switching them around so I asked him to hand over ‘all the cash he has’ – which was 20,000 Hungarian Forint. My head, in the heat of the moment, think that this equals €20… it is actually €60. Con men make a living from being con men, so as I turn around he moved the ball under another cap and took my €60 without remorse as I stood there confused as to how the ball that I saw was not there anymore. And instantly I was €60 poorer (or my boyfriend I should say, who so kindly gave me the money on demand!). Lesson definitely learned…
1) Getting a tattoo… In a nightclub… In Mexico!
Three best friends having the trip of a lifetime around America who decide to cross the border for a wild night out in Mexico. There is just so much that could have gone wrong in this scenario. What if they didn’t change the needles? What if they made a mistake? And everyone knows you should never get a tattoo after drinking because of how much in thins your blood! But hey, who doesn’t love getting a tattoo in the corner of a nightclub in Mexico?! They were actually meant to be matching tattoos as well but they messed up both of my friends by putting an ‘O’ where a ‘W’ should be (you can laugh.. we all laughed, and still laugh!). I have a selfie of me getting the tattoo, but it’s not very flattering so here is a picture of all three tattoos – it’s like playing a game of spot the difference!
I am aware that these are probably bordering more ‘unsafe’ that ‘stupid’.Stupid usually falls into the category of hopping on the wrong train to a different country or missing your flight because you mixed up the times. But none the less I am alive to tell the tale, and much wiser than I was before!
So, what are the most stupid things you have managed to do on your travels? I can’t be the only one!