Bad, traveller! Bad!
About a year after I started traveling, I'd been in Ireland for a few months and then moved on to Germany to meet up with a friend. We spent a week in Berlin, went camping in the mountains and then three awesome days at Octoberfest. On my last day I had an early morning flight to Greece where I would be meeting 27 of my family members. After a night in the tents, I headed to bed early, set my alarm for 7 and went to sleep.
The next morning, I wake up, no problem. Get out on time and make the quarter-to train. Perfect. I get to the airport cool as a cucumber and then I start to notice that all of the clocks at the airport are wrong. They all say 10am when it is clearly 9am. I can't figure it out until, finally I do figure it out. It is 10 and my flight has already closed its check in.
I only travel with my alarm clock (no watch or phone) and apparently had only been using my friend's phone as a clock for the past 2 weeks which is why it never crossed my mind that it wasn't on the right time when I set it the night before.
I did make it to Greece, 11 hours and 250 euros later, just in time to miss the huge dinner celebration my Grandparents has arranged.
travis wrote:years ago visiting my parents in Maine while on winter break from college in Montana I had bought a cheap internet fare, r/t for like $200 in and out of small airports. I printed out the itinerary but failed to refer back to it knowing that I flew out on thursday the 12th at 10am. I get dropped off at the airport and say my good byes and go to check in. Theres no lines and i basically walk right up to the check in agent. She very kindly, after a little laugh, explains that my flight was on tuesday the 10th at 12noon! Hanging my head low I had to call my parents back and explain to them that my college education apparently wasn't working and I needed them to come pick me up. Searching for one way tickets and I couldn't find one for less then $500, and that was out of an airport 2 hours away, and it was a crappy red eye with 2 connections! So I borrowed dads car and signed my little brother up for a road trip, Maine to Montana, 42 hours non stop driving! Turned out to be a cool mistake though as I got to show my little bro around the mountains of Montana for 2 weeks.
At least you're a family legend. I bet your little bro was happy too!
So, we missed the check-in for our flight. Easyjet would not refund us, because it had been our fault for not allowing for enough time to get checked in. Their next flight out of Malpensa to Palermo was not until that evening, and was going to cost us something like 150 euros a pop. We ended up going to the Alitalia counter and finding a flight that left a couple hours later, for a comparable price. But we were still out 300 euros at the end of the day, at a point in our trip when we were starting to have to pinch pennies anyway.
Moral of the story: Always get to the airport early! EARLY!
EDIT: And then there was the time I did a cannonball off of a high rock in Santorini and nearly ripped myself a new one.
I only brought my crappy back-up, generic brand camera battery to Iguazu Falls. It was fully charged, mind you.
Forty minutes in....... battery dies.
Meanwhile, perfectly good name-brand camera battery idling at the hostel.
I managed to re book her on a flight later that day for 150.00 NZ which is really not bad.
The sad thing was that she was going to visit a very close friend of hers that was ill, She arrived at the hospital at 3.30pm and her friend had passed away 20mins earlier.
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