Travel Misadventures

Today I’m linking up with the ladies of Travel Tuesday to talk about the rare times that things don’t go as planned.

In the past three and a half years that Travis have been going on trips we have had pretty good luck with the actual travel part (besides last month when my sister took our passports to Scotland) but we have had a few mishaps in finding our intended location…

Seal Rock


Seal(less) Rock

Our first trip we took together was to San Francisco. This is where I learned of Trav’s travel style of hitting the pavement early and seeing anything and everything. This day was no different, Travis woke me up at the crack of dawn to go on an hour long bus ride and mile walk to see the Seal Rock that he had seen on our trusty map. Once we finally made it to the rock we noticed not only were we the only people around but also there were no seals in sight. That is when Travis decided to do a quick google search which informed us that the seals stopped coming to the rocks in 1989. They now go to Fisherman’s Warf which was much more conveniently located. From then on you would think we would have learned to do better research…

Buckingham Palace

This is by far our most embarrassing mistake. On our first trip to London together to see my parents we headed out and see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. After following signs and walking for a while we noticed a small crowd and some guards on horseback. We assumed that this must be it. We watched the whole ceremony that mostly consisted of guards on horseback switching places and standing around. We decided that this whole changing of the guards business was underwhelming and Buckingham Palace wasn’t all it was chalked up to be (and didn’t look anything like it did on the postcard in Cool Runnings). Imagine our surprise when we continued our walk and stumbled upon the actual Buckingham Palace and realized we had been hanging out by the stables all morning.

Playa Conchal


1) Hanging with our new friend 2) GPS’s suck. 3) Brasilito (Playa Conchal on the other side of the rocks in the background)

On our honeymoon in Costa Rica, we rented a car and tried to explore a new beach each day. The concierge at our hotel told us the most beautiful beach was called Playa Conchal and we had to see it for ourselves. He gave us loose directions and we headed out in our trusty little Jimmy. We followed our outdated Garmin until we saw the sign for Playa Conchal. We parked and headed to the shore. When we got there we were greeted by an empty beach with brownish water. We were surprised that concierge would speak so highly of such a subpar beach but decided to enjoy having the place to ourselves and frolicked in the waves all day, only stopping to have lunch on the shore. On our way back to the car a man outside a restaurant started making small talk and asked if we were going to Playa Conchal. We were so confused (because we thought we were standing on it) until he informed we were at Playa Brasilito and Conchal was on the other side of the rocks. We walked around and saw the most beautiful beach with white sand and blue water, resort loungers and umbrellas scattered everywhere.

We decided to return the following day, following our GPS for every turn. Until we turned right onto an empty beach. And sunk in the sand. We had to walk a long way to find some locals to help push us out. After that ordeal we decided to return to what we knew- Playa Brasilito. We spent the afternoon smoking cigars (Trav not me), drinking cervezas and hanging out with the restaurant owner that first told us we were in the wrong spot. He wished us luck and made us promise to return to Brasilito in ten years with our children. We still talk about making our trip back to our special little spot in Costa Rica.

Hope you enjoyed our silly mistakes, we are lucky that those are our only misadventures so far. Sorry about the photo quality, I am away from home still so I had to save them from facebook. Plus most of them were probably taken on an iPhone version 1.


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  • These travel mishaps always make for some great memories. I love the one about the beach ha that sounds like something that would happen to us, but at least you guys made the most of it and enjoyed your time!

  • Popping over from Travel Tuesday 🙂 Hehe, loved reading about your mishaps – sometimes they make the best memories from a trip. The one in London is cute! And I love the story about Costa Rica. Even though you couldn’t make it to that nice beach, you found a special secret beach – sounds more romantic and certainly more memorable than a crowded beach!

  • Your post made me grin. I used to work right by Buckingham Palace and I know where you went by mistake! Hehe. But it’s still worth a little time to watch the ceremony and I’m glad you found the real Buckingham Palace! 😀

  • Your mishaps are actually kind of charming, though! The first one is my favorite: the coming together of very different travel styles! I do really admire the people that get up and get out early to go sightseeing but……… I’m just never one of those people. For something really important, perhaps 🙂

  • Seal(less) rock is too funny. They can’t all be the best travel experiences, right?

  • It’s always good to have a story though, isn’t it? Those little “mistakes” are what make life entertaining (though typically more in retrospect than at the time) 😉

    • Yes, it’s always fun to come home with a story, what’s a vacation without some sort of mishap?!

  • Travel misadventures can turn into fun adventures sometimes, and it’s even better when you can laugh about it later. At least you had fun at that beach though!