Our misfortunes on our travels

Our misfortunes on our travels

We all have heard stories about peoples problem they have during their travels. Most of the stories are about getting sick, rain on the vacation, car accident or lost item. I wish I could say that none of these things never has ever happen to us but unfortunally we have our own misfortune stories to share.

Getting sick

Yes, getting sick is not uncommun and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t got sick during a long travel.

Apart that David is vomitting almost in every country we have visited the worse time for him was in Nepal and India! David caught the famous the tourista that lasted for over two month, from Nepal all the way to India!

The story that has to be told is the story when David got badly sick on the ghat in Varanasi. The same day we ought to catch our train from Varanasi to Mumbai David suddently felt nausy while walking with our backpack by the river Ganges, hurrying to take the train. David said that he has to lay down and so he did. He was complaining of stomach cramps and he was in agony of pain.

Here it comes again

And it did, right in a plastic bag. I managed to ask a tourist helping us carrying Davids bag to the nearest hotel. We were spending another week in Varanasi. Lucky that we had time to waist.

I was not really puking. I was making fun of David. Luckly we were staying at a friends house in Katmandu.

And I myself who rarely get sick neither at home or on a trip got a very high fever and very sore throat for over a week in Vietnam in 2011 and in Nepal in 2014. I thought I was going to die!


Being in an accident is something we all try to avoid no matter where we, at home or out travelling.

Scooter accident in India

We were crusing around feeling the wind on the hair when a dog came out of nowhere chasing after us. David lost the control and I was thrown off and glide about 10 meters away.

Luckly I wore jeans that day, which I normally do when we are on scooter.

A car crash

We were on a tourist bus going to Huatulco in Mexico when we suddently heard a crash and the window opposite side of me shattered into pieces. Apparently a truck crash onto the bus and drove away. The lady who sat beside that window got injured of the glas splitters.

Lucky that I have chosen to sit on the otherside!

Overcrowded boat

We were on a small remoted island in Indonesia and the resort offerd all the guest a free boat transfer to another island to catch tbe ferry going to the mainland. Ofcourse in Asia a transportation is never full enough. We were about 30 people plus heavy bags for a boat for maximum 10 people. Luckly we were not far out when the boat started to swing high up from side to side without any control.

Luckly that the boat got stuck on the corals so that we didn’t went further out in the deep sea. 

Lost items

We all have lost or forgotten something somewhere right? Keys, pens, umbrella..the car?


David was responsable for our Canon. For ten days David had it hanging on his neck when we trekked to Annapurna basecamp. The day after we got back to the civilisation still very exhausted we realise that the Canon is gone. Where can it be?

Luckly we used two camera so all the photos were not lost.

Our photos!

Our backpacks

We were once again on a remoted island in Indonesia. The same morning we were leaving there were two boat coming. One was going to the mainland and the second one going to another island. We put our bags down among the others while eating our breakfast and the first boat left. But then when it was our turn to leave an hour later our bags were gone! I knew straight away that the other boat took ours by misstake. So we had to charter a longtail boat to catch the other boat going direction mainland. 2 hours later we even arrived almost as the same time. Our bags where back in our possesion but now with the same longtail boat we have to go all the way back plus another 2 hours to the island we had in mind.

And lucky we made it just in time before it started to rain!

5hours on a longtail boat one better find something to do.


David was wearing a moneybelt when we flew from Indonesia to Australia. In that belt we had a lot of cash and our passport. When we got of the plane and out to the terminal hall someone was poking our back. Is this yours that person ask us. Yes, it is our moneybelt!!! Thank you! THANK YOU! David didn’t even notice that he had dropped it!

Lucky that there are honest people!


Getting lost

We all now and then get lost somwhere, it is totally normal. Sometimes I even get lost on purpose, that is the best way to discover things you don’t expect.

Lost in Bangkok

David got lost in Bangkok once when my family and I were praying in a small temple near the china town. David wanted to take a walk. Don’t go far and don’t be to long, I told him. He came back almost 2 hours later in a taxi. I got lost, he said. And we were all sooo worried as he didn’t have any money or phone on him.

Luckly that the taxi driver understod Davids explaination about the temple. 


Car problem

Typical problem when you are out travelling…especially in Asia.


Once…or rather twice our hired campervan let us down.

Lucky that there is Couchsurfing so we were happy to be sleeping on a real bed.

Anoter rented car in Australia and this time a 4WD. We thought yeay atlast a 4WD so we could drive out of “the beaten track”. But ofcourse we got stuck in the sand. We were quite nervous not knowing if anyone would pass by because after all we were middle of nowhere.

Lucky that an hour after THE RANGERS passed by...oh how I love them.

Thinking about these incidents we were quite lucky at the end. It could have been worse, a lot worse! There were many many time we thought we are not going to get back home safe and sound. But we did!


And you guys, do you have any stories to share?


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Dawan Schneider
  • marianorrgard
    Posted at 05:18h, 20 May Reply

    Jag har ju kanske inte rest så galet mycket själv, egentligen, och mestadels i Europa, så kanske delvis därför jag inte varit med om så mycket värre missöden hittills 🙂 Halkat på lite klippor, råkat på lindrigare eller värre förkylningar, värsta magsjukan varade under ett dygn och jag var inte så fasligt dålig egentligen. Småsaker. Bland det mest stressfyllda jag varit med om är nog när vi råkade i trubbel i form av indragna bussturer och stängda hostel pga eftersviterna av orkanen Debbie som slog till här i Australien. Vi lyckades iaf hitta lösningar iaf för att ta oss dit vi skulle och hittade även boende efter många om och men…

  • Claire
    Posted at 14:47h, 10 July Reply

    Great post! I think you often learn more from these mistakes and misfortunes though. I remember when we got ‘stuck’ on the other side of Lake Baikal in Russia for hours because we’d forgotten to check when the boat was going back and hadn’t pre-booked for the train that all the other boat-passengers got on. We thought we’d be there forever! It was a bad day of stress. After that, we were much more careful to check return schedules for local transport, ha ha ha!

    • Dawan Schneider
      Posted at 14:57h, 10 July Reply

      Ohh yeah that is important if you want to get back!😂We have couples of time forgot to check the last funicular/cable car down and it was sooo hard walking down because we have already been walking like hours. Sometime should learn but we dont..😅

  • Kate
    Posted at 07:22h, 11 July Reply

    Wow, so many wild and interesting places you have had an incident while traveling. We haven’t had anything interesting happen to us while on holiday, luckily. But we have many more places to see with our expanding family of 5, so who knows what the future will bring.

    • Dawan Schneider
      Posted at 08:15h, 11 July Reply

      Thats a big clan to be travelling with! But just more love!❤️ Just cross the fingers for no accidents!

    • Dawan Schneider
      Posted at 20:09h, 12 July Reply

      Hmm I thought Ive already answered. Anyhow, its a big clan to be travel with but I guess there are more love which is all worth it!❤️

  • Pragati
    Posted at 18:51h, 12 July Reply

    Well see…this is such a fresh post… people hardly talk about the flip side of travelling… while it is wonderfully important… the things you mentioned are a reality too! We have faced some of these issues as well… and it helps us prepare better…with each passing trip. I always keep my fingers crossed and pray before we leave 🙂

    • Dawan Schneider
      Posted at 16:42h, 13 July Reply

      Yes we are always when getting back after a trip…not for coming home but for the sake that we came home alive!🙏❤️

  • Tamara
    Posted at 11:42h, 15 July Reply

    Oh man, you need a solid mental status when traveling, don’t you. Unfortunately most of those incidents sound familiar to me.
    I’m impressed that somebody ran after you and gave your hubby the money belt he lost. Just imagine!!

    I have a post about our last day misfortune. Interestingly most incidents seem to happen to us on the last day?!

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