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TOP 10 - Funny Travel Stories

July 30, 2018

TOP 10 - Funny Travel Stories

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

Those 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!

 

1. ALMOST KILLED BY A TURKISH HAIRDRESSER IN GERMANY


"Once the sides and back of my head were shaved, he attached a smaller extension and cut around my hairline. That’s when I noticed the straight razor on the counter. Close proximity to weapons any kind send me directly into fight-or-flight mode, so if someone were to menace me with one, I would either break that person’s wrist and stomp on their brain… or run screaming like a little girl in a tutu with a caterpillar on her arm."

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

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

SOURCE: Oh God My Wife is German

 

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!

Source: Everywhereist

 

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?

 

"I was naturally a bit concerned when she began pressing her hands against my ankles and heels while applying her full weight. I’ve been trained in different types of massage and acupressure, and this was more akin to a sports massage than Swedish."

Beware of 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

 

"We were late onto the boat and the only seats available were the ones on the back row. We were excited to have a little extra legroom and didn’t think for a minute that this could possibly be the worst place to be located."

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

 

7. ”MONKEY BUSINESS” ON A CHICKEN BUS...

 

“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

 

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 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

 

9. FUNNY OUTRAGEOUS PICTURES

 

"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

 

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

 

 

And you what is your funniest travel story? 

Share it in Comments :)

Cheers,

The What's Up Team




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