Story archives - tag: "travel"


We left for a two week holiday to see a few concerts in California and ended up three months later in a hostel in Guatemala city looking at a map, eating frozen chocolate bananas and asking each other if we knew where we were.

tags: travel surprise [add]

2014-03-03 09:20:39 / Rating: 623.5 /


I believe I matured on July 2, 2013 when I decided to skip the Steam summer sale and go to Cambodia instead.

tags: video games travel maturity turning point [add]

2013-07-17 10:35:33 / Rating: 203.25 /


On the anniversary of the day we were supposed to get married I called you from Africa to give you my blessing to marry her.

tags: love loss travel [add]

2012-03-15 14:08:37 / Rating: 646 /

The oldest

My mother accidentally forgot my birth certificate for identification purposes and the rest of my family got on that plane to Jamaica, leaving me behind.

tags: travel humor family [add]

2011-02-24 13:14:59 / Rating: 556.5 /


I pulled on the strange red cord hanging in the handicapped stall in the London hotel bathroom, and figured out what it was for moments later when a frantic employee rushed in, calling, "Are you all right?"

tags: humor travel dumb American [add]

2011-01-06 16:35:43 / Rating: 544.5 /

The Reciever

Every postcard from every new European city was like a stab to the heart.

tags: travel friend Europe sad [add]

2010-08-19 14:45:45 / Rating: 478.5 /


The first thing I saw in Japan was a corpse.

tags: travel Japan death [add]

2010-07-06 13:47:31 / Rating: 455.75 /


The dreaming, the wishing and the yearning finally culminated in spending three glorious weeks in Europe, fulfilling the promise made to my father 35 years ago.

tags: childhood dreams promises travel [add]

2009-11-25 08:40:20 / Rating: 323.25 /


Receiving a die stolen off of a Bulgarian backgammon board as a birthday present didn't do a lot to alleviate the jealousy I felt for not being able to go to Europe with them.

tags: travel birthday friendship jealousy games theft criminal [add]

2009-09-21 10:01:28 / Rating: 506.25 /

The wandering homeless

The day I dropped out of high school, botched my entrance into Harvard, and set out on my journey across the country on foot was the day I realized I would come back for you, and only you.

tags: wandering love returning hope dreams life travel friends life of a hobo [add]

2009-09-17 14:36:15 / Rating: 833 /


After they detained me and took my passport at the airport for being too young, the Arab security guard noticed me sobbing and brought me cookies from his own lunch.

tags: travel kindness [add]

2009-09-10 13:35:35 / Rating: 853.25 /


"Whoa" means nothing to a Swedish horse.

tags: animals humor travel [add]

2009-07-10 11:12:59 / Rating: 612.5 /


I will never ask for ham at a deli in the Czech Republic again.

tags: language barrier embarassing travel question czech [add]

2009-02-17 13:39:43 / Rating: 410.5 /


Home is where the luggage isn't.

tags: travel luggage [add]

2008-09-02 09:37:55 / Rating: 463.75 /


After a few months in Mongolia, I quit worrying about always having a horse hair in my bowl of fermented mare's milk.

tags: travel [add]

2008-04-22 12:10:55 / Rating: 400 /


Alone in a cheap hotel room at 2am, I realized I'd never felt more at home.

tags: travel content sad [add]

2008-04-07 14:31:00 / Rating: 579 /


I knew the trip to Dublin wasn't going to turn out as planned when my best friend woke me up in the middle of the night to ask me if the rugby player on the other side of our hostel room was dead.

tags: travel Ireland [add]

2008-02-04 11:36:32 / Rating: 437.25 /

temporary hartsfield resident

Saving 100 bucks is more important to my father than me not having to spend 6 hours in the Atlanta airport waiting for a connecting flight.

tags: airplane travel father [add]

2007-12-04 15:30:08 / Rating: 575.5 /


On that trip to Switzerland we learned that yes, indeed, you can get a bumblebee drunk.

tags: travel bugs wine [add]

2007-11-14 10:55:46 / Rating: 641.75 /


I needed to pay for a hostel in Budapest, but I didn't have any Forint or know where the ATM was.

tags: travel hostel budapest [add]

2007-11-02 14:37:51 / Rating: 389 /

Murphy's Lawyer

His whole group was delayed at the Thailand airport for a day because he didn't know what suitcase his mother packed his clothes in.

tags: travel mothers suitcase [add]

2007-10-18 14:03:34 / Rating: 531 /


I traveled around the world for a year and only felt lost once I arrived "home."

tags: confusion travel [add]

2007-09-18 13:11:12 / Rating: 659.75 /


I sat in the last row of the crowded plane, realizing I had gotten on the wrong flight.

tags: travel flight oops [add]

2007-09-13 13:49:36 / Rating: 523 /


Without fail, a sense of panic rises in my chest every time I pass a "Last Exit in New York" sign.

tags: panic travel New York [add]

2007-07-11 12:58:24 / Rating: 449.5 /

Briar Rose

I'm currently in search of a reasonably priced flight to New York City from the Lower Saxony Region of Germany (as of now they're in the thousands due to things like terror, G8 and Live Earth).

tags: travel home money [add]

2007-07-10 14:20:00 / Rating: 502.75 /


On his last day of class, the middle school foreign language teacher concisely summed up his opinion of the year with the words, "Fuck off," then left the room without looking back while his co-teacher translated what he just said into Korean.

tags: Korea teaching teacher middle school foreign language travel job humor [add]

2007-06-25 10:42:16 / Rating: 777.75 /


I sat by a peat fire in Ireland and picked fat ticks out of a orange cat with heated tweezers for three hours while reading Joyce.

tags: travel ireland cats joyce [add]

2007-06-11 16:14:10 / Rating: 569.5 /


When my friend returned from Hong Kong, she brought me an eternally arm-waving plastic cat.

tags: humor travel [add]

2007-04-27 16:34:01 / Rating: 569 /


I'm going travelling in two months, and although all my plans and friends are here, I'm still not sure I'll come back.

tags: travel escape isolation [add]

2007-04-27 16:33:38 / Rating: 544.25 /


My nine-year-old Korean taekwondo instructor used only two words of English in his lesson: "Again," and "No."

tags: humor foreign language travel teaching teacher student martial arts [add]

2007-03-16 13:41:35 / Rating: 729.5 /


I had been traveling for 20 hours when the principal at the school I'd be teaching at picked me up and asked if we could please stop by the pub.

tags: travel pub teach [add]

2007-02-12 12:34:11 / Rating: 425.5 /


I have been in Hawaii for four days and I have four dollars left.

tags: Hawaii travel money [add]

2007-01-04 22:04:01 / Rating: 570.75 /


After years of traveling, it dawned on her she was the one left behind.

tags: travel hindsight image [add]

2006-12-03 23:22:44 / Rating: 528.5 /


Bugs have been biting my face, and I got some weird gum disease here, but I'm still sad to be pulling out my US passport and going home, because there's really so much more love here than there is there.

tags: travel colombia [add]

2006-10-31 09:28:03 / Rating: 434 /


If I had known how to say "I am socially comfortable" in Korean, that sultry night in May would have been less awkward, though generally I would like to limit the number of languages in which I've lied.

tags: travel lying [add]

2006-09-11 23:20:32 / Rating: 629 /


Having left behind my old life in London for a new one on the other side of the world, I soon came to realise that possesions are like old dead relatives - you miss them for a while, but soon forget what they were like to have around.

tags: travel family materialism [add]

2006-09-08 11:04:25 / Rating: 707.75 /


I thought I was going to have to find the ancient abandoned palace complex on my own until a local with whom I didn't share a common language offered to show me the way, up a steep hill and past some chickens and goats.

tags: travel mystery sweat [add]

2006-08-23 20:34:46 / Rating: 472.25 /


I spent five days getting there only to realise it was the jouney I should have been paying attention to.

tags: travel [add]

2006-08-23 19:10:22 / Rating: 480.75 /


On my tour of Kyoto I dislocated my thumb by falling down some slippery stone steps as I was exiting a shrine where I prayed for good health and good luck for the remainder of my trip (no pun intended).

tags: irony health travel [add]

2006-08-14 00:11:08 / Rating: 714.25 /


I once drove many a mile to visit the Land of Little Horses and, indeed, they were quite wee.

tags: little horses travel horses [add]

2006-08-10 15:27:11 / Rating: 612.25 /


I jumped off a moving train in Switzerland while traveling with some college friends.

tags: travel jumping vacation college [add]

2006-08-10 12:26:31 / Rating: 685.25 /


When I got lost in San Francisco's Mission District, there was a really scary few-toothed crackwhore that asked me, "So where you staying, hon?"

tags: lost san francisco travel [add]

2006-08-08 18:14:01 / Rating: 504.75 /


I went all the way to New York City, and all I got was a stupid pencil.

tags: humor travel [add]

2006-06-29 20:56:52 / Rating: 502.25 /