What would you consider a #travelfail?
My family recently returned from a two-week vacation to Europe with our teenagers. We are no strangers to feeling under the weather while taking a trip, and this excursion was no exception.
About four days into the trip, my daughter got sick. That day, half of the family didn’t get to visit Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, but otherwise her recovery did not derail us.
In my blog about the day my daughter was sick in Barcelona, I asked myself (in a tongue-in-cheek way) if I consider eating at American restaurants in Europe a #travelfail. At the end of the day, I decided it was not. Even though she was sick, I didn’t consider that her sickness was in any way a failure. It just wasn’t. I was way more concerned about the potential missed culinary cultural experiences from eating at so many hamburger joints.
Speaking of sickness on a trip, in 2013, our family took a 32-day road trip around the country. We called it “The Odyssey in the Odyssey” because, yes, we drove it in our Honda Odyssey. We started at home in Washington DC and took a counter-clockwise lap around the country, through 21 states, all the way up to South Dakota, west to the California coast and back via Texas. Phew! The day after carrying my eight-year old daughter on my shoulders for twenty minutes, my back froze and we had to halt our trip where we were (Arizona). Instead of driving up to Bryce Canyon in Utah, I slept while my hubs and the kids swam in the hotel pool and did whatever. This was about 20 days into the trip. While this messed up our original plans for a couple of days, again, I hardly consider the forced rest a #travelfail. It was what we needed to do!
What would you consider a #travelfail? For me, it’s more about food than missing sightseeing due to sickness. Have you ever had something go amazingly wrong on a trip? What happened and why? What about photos gone wrong on a trip? I’d love to hear your stories.