I have a little motto and it is ‘never regret anything that makes you smile’ so even though looking back on some of my travel experiences and think I would never do that again, at that time in my life it was the right thing to do.
But there are things that I look back on and wish I had never done!
Sleep at Luton Airport to save a taxi fare
We’ve all been there, you book the cheapest flight possible and it of course is at 5am and from an airport that trains don’t go to that early in the morning. I was about to embark on a backpacking trip around Europe for the first time, my first stop was Paris and I was beyond excited but I was a pretty poor at the time and without a job to come back to so I was properly penny pinching. So I decided for my 5am flight I may as well get a late train to Luton Airport and just hang there for the night. Worst choice ever.
Not only was everything closed, it was freezing cold and there were no chairs so it was floor sleeping for me. It was a horrific experience and not one I will repeat ever again. I finally got on the plane and slept the one hour flight and met my friends in Paris later that day. I also got a bit of a shut eye on the Seine river cruise too.
Lesson learnt: Just pay the extra £20 for a later flight
Take sleeping pills for a journey to Ireland via boat
Sleeping pills can be a saviour for long journeys, I’ve used them several times before as they are readily available over the counter in some countries. I got on to them whilst living in Thailand and picked some up on my Egypt trip as well for the 12 hour train journey I had there. So I had some of these Egyptian sleeping pills left over and again because I was penny pinching at this time I decided to get the boat to Ireland rather than fly. I figured I’d get on a bus at Victoria station, we would drive to Holyhead, the bus would get on the boat and I could sleep the whole way through. Wrong. This is how it went after I popped a sleeping pill.
11pm – Get told by driver we may miss the boat from Holyhead
2am – Arrive Holyhead, get off bus, passport control, get on the bus, bus drives onto boat
2.30pm – Told we have to get off the bus and go inside the boat, boat has only very uncomfortable tables and chairs. I fell asleep finally with my head on the table.
5am – Passport control in Ireland
6am – Arrive Dublin in a hazy mess.
7am – After walking for an hour I finally find my hostel only to be told my bed is not available. At that point tell the hostel worker that if I don’t get a bed I’m gonna cry and explain everything. He gave me a bed and I slept through until lunchtime.
Lesson learnt: Do not take sleeping pills unless you know for sure the journey is uninterrupted.
Things I would never do again but don’t regret one little bit:
Get drunk and float down the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos
A pub crawl in Amsterdam with the matching t’shirt #cringe
Go to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan Thailand, I went twice and loved it but never again.
Get drunk on a flight (hilarious at the time, horrendous hangover)
Stop over for 12 hours en route to New Zealand from London. After not sleeping most of the journey to Singapore and then having 12 hours in Singapore to explore only to then have a screaming baby for 10 hours on the final flight I was beyond exhausted and had major jet lag for four days. Not ideal when all you want to do is hang with your family and friends without falling asleep at every possible moment.
So there you have it, the things I wouldn’t do again whilst travelling but just because I won’t do it again doesn’t mean I regret it. Life is all about doing different things, making mistakes and doing what is right for you at the time.