Travel Inconveniences - when things don't go as planned


How to deal with travel inconveniences

Share the pain!

The more you travel the higher are the chances you will end-up facing an unplanned situation or unexpected issues that will force you to change your original schedule and plans. Travel inconveniences can be rather annoying. Especially when you have organised your trip in every little detail and you have been looking forward to enjoying every single minute.

Through my past experiences, I have learnt that the art of the traveler is to try and face any adversities in the best possible way and always find the silver lining. I’m going to share with you the top three experiences of my trips where something went wrong, unplanned or didn’t live up to expectations.

You might be reading this article thinking about what went wrong during your last trip, so let’s share some pain. I will also give you some tips to learn from my experience for you to avoid doing the same mistakes in future!

South Korea Transports during the Chuseok - Eenie, meenie, meinie, moe

I started writing this blog post from a bus aimed to Andong – currently around Danyang. I was unsure if taking a bus or a train to go from Seoul to Andong. Bus or train? Train or Bus? In the end I went for the bus, as it would have saved me travelling through Seoul for an extra 40 minutes in order to reach the train station I needed.

Wrong choice.

I should have been in Andong in 2 hours and 40 minutes but 4 hours and 40 minutes later I’m stuck in traffic, still 30 minutes away from Andong. I woke up at 06:00 this morning to try and catch an early bus but the first available bus was at 11:50. Between September and the beginning of October in South Korea is celebrated one of the biggest public holidays, the Chuseok, also known as autumn eve. Many Korean travel across the country during this time and I didn’t realise how much this would have impacted on road traffic.

Tips for you:

If you are planning to travel internally across South Korea, especially during the Chuseok, book in advance your tickets. Even if you have to spend some valuable time to go to the station by person to purchase them, it is really worth. Also, avoid buses at all costs during this period and always go for a train if you have the option to do so.

Silver Lining:

In the end I arrived so late at Andong that I had no time at all to visit the Hahoe folk village, that is one of the biggest attractions of South Korea. Still, I used that time to visit Andong and the Woryeonggyo Bridge, that was simply breath-taking and where I took some of the most brilliant pictures of this travel.

Morocco Desert Nights - Down, down, baby

While in Morocco, last April, I have been on a three-day tour with Grayline Morocco.

The tour also included a desert tour on camels that would have ended with an overnight stay in a tent to admire in the desert where you could admire the stars and then watch the sun rising across the dunes.

Unfortunately, a storm happened to approach the desert at same time as us and it made impossible to get on the camels to reach our tent. We had to stay in a hotel just at the edges of the desert.

We had a short camel ride in the desert the next morning, but the wind was still so strong that it only lasted less than an hour.

Tips for you: 

Desert storms are almost unpredictable. If you are really looking forward for a night in the desert, try to plan more than 1 night in Ouarzazate.

Silver Lining: 

I spent a magical night with my boyfriend at the hotel overseeing the desert, chatting and sharing beautiful moments more than we would have done if we were going riding the camels.

Also, if you are willing to travel with Grayline Morocco, I can help with a discounted offer, so email me with dates and I’ll help you out.

Iceland’s Northern Lights – Playing hide and seek

I have been to Iceland few years ago in the middle of April. Unfortunately, I never managed to see the famous green or purple northern lights. What I managed to experience was just a vague white /reddish light in the sky.

I really did my best to try and see this incredible phenomenon.  I was so obsessed with it, that my last night in Iceland I decided to drive with my group all night hunting the aurora borealis in a different area, going from Reykjavik until Vik.

We started our road trip at 21:00 and only finished it at 10:00 the morning, driving straight to the airport jut in time to catch our flight. Thirteen hours straight, with no sleep at all, with myself being the only driver in the car. Incredible starry skies and amazing places, but no northern lights for us.

Tips for you: 

The best months to see them are November and March. I travelled there middle of April and I didn’t really had many hours of full darkness to try my luck, since it was really getting fully dark only between 00:00 and 5am. Also, don’t plan your trip to Iceland around the northern lights. It’s impossible to predict and there is so much more worthy of seeing.

Silver Lining: 

I managed to see breath-taking places during that drive, as the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Reynisfjara Black Beach. Also spent one of the most memorable nights of this trip.

Let me know about your travels and what affected your travel plans the most. Shared pain is half the pain. Hope my tips might come in handy to any of you one day.