21 Crazy Experiences People Had As Tourists

‘I woke up to my hotel room being burgled’
21 Crazy Experiences People Had As Tourists

There are literal horror movies that aren’t as terrifying as some of the stories you’re about to read. For instance, one Redditor’s younger brother went to Sudan and returned home with a persistent, unexplained rash. Doctors were puzzled by it, and had no clue how to treat it. Weeks later, the younger brother collapsed on the floor in pain, and “hundreds of flies” came flying out of a hole at the base of his neck. It turns out that an African fly had laid eggs in the child’s back, and they hatched a few weeks later.

Other Redditors have shared the most harrowing experiences they’ve had as tourists, and most of these tales will inspire you to keep your ass at home.

Tin_Foil_Josie 5y I was travelling around Zambia on a three-month holiday on my own when I suddenly fell deathly ill whilst in a backpacker's joint out in the bush. I was throwing up bile and could barely move until someone found me after almost a day and got me to the hospital in Lusaka which was an hour's drive. I was apparently severely dehydrated to the point that my skin was malleable like clay. The doctor had to hydrate me through a drip because I'd throw up anything I tried to drink or eat. Honestly it's incredible how much I've
iconoclast63 . 5y On a flight from Atlanta to Pensacola and, as we approached to land the pilot announced that we may have to turn back because of fog. Apparently he changed his mind and decided to try landing and I am sitting there by the window watching the when the fog finally broke. We were barely above the tree tops and I could see the runway was about 500 yards on the right side. The plane suddenly starting climbing HARD and we turned around and flew back to Atlanta. It was a close one. ... 146
bhfinini 2y I was staying in a B&B in Donegal, Ireland where every room on the floor shared a bathroom. I went in one morning to pee and there was a man with his pants around his ankles asleep in the bathtub. The soap dish and towel rack where all torn off the wall and it appeared he had fallen over while relieving himself and fallen in the tub. While struggling to get out with his pants down he had torn things from the wall. Не then proceeded to pass out. I woke the man and helped him from the
Slyydog 2y Oh god. Walking through a shady part of the old city in Cartagena, Colombia (Caribbean coast) I was drunk around 3 in the morning. Needless to say i should not have been there being all white and touristy and shit. A clear target. This massive man puts his hood on as I'm walking past him and he start following me for a block or two. I'm nervous and my place is getting quicker with every step when out of jo where this taxi toots its horn at me and signals to get in. Thank god. Не points at
ihopeyoulikeapples . 9y Signed up for a three day trip to Amsterdam that said it had good accommodations in the center of the city. It actually turned out to be a boat that was docked in a canal nowhere near anything. It was the middle of winter and there was no heat on the boat. The sewage system malfunctioned and leaked everywhere on the second day so the boat stunk. There was nowhere to even buy food nearby so I spent most of the trip huddled under a blanket feeling cold and hungry and wishing I had the energy to walk
xSERGIOx 5y Pulled off a bus around 1am in the morning when I was travelling from Italy to Croatia. The guards at the border of Slovenia I believe stopped the bus. They got on the bus which was dimly lit and had their guns drawn with lights illuminating from the end of their weapons. They were asking everyone for passports. Mine was in the undercarriage. I got dragged off the bus pretty roughly and was told to kneel on the ground while the driver looked for my baggage. There were about 4 or 5 officers and 1 was behind me
eva_zulu 2y My mum, over 40 years ago went backpacking around Europe, at the end of her trip she ended up in Germany with no money left and only a plane ticket to get home, but the plane was from Paris to Canada so she had to find a way to get to Paris. She hitchhiked her way towards the german/belgian border with people who were high and once they dropped her off she immediately found someone else who was willing to take her beyond the border but within 10 minutes she noticed he was taking her away from the
 9y I was a young horny guy in the navy and we just made it to Naples. My buddy and I take the train to Roma and after doing tourist stuff we head to a strip club. There's no one in there but 2 women, the bartender and bouncers but we don't care. They usher us over to a booth and the two women start flirting with us and we're just having a good time. Without even asking the bartender pours us champagne. Each of us had 2 small glasses. I'm sure you can see where this is going.
nebbulae e 2y In argentine patagonia, almost got hunted by a puma. It was dusk and I was overlooking the lake when I heard rustling behind me in the tree line. I kept staring for a while before I saw it and thank god I didn't make a run for it as it would've been my initial reaction. Instead I started yelling and cursing and throwing rocks at it as I had been told to do by the locals, and it left me alone. That night I kept a fire lit until late in the evening and then went to
cavscout43 2y Had a layover in Moscow, flying from Seoul to Barcelona a few years ago. Aeroflot, of course. Standard economy ticket, nothing special. We land as usual, and are leaving. Cabin crew and pilot were thanking us as we left. When I got to the door, the captain looks at me and grins. thanks for flying with us Captain (last name). I was a military Intel guy at the time, and it seemed apparent they wanted me to know I was being watched and tracked. My phone immediately started blowing up with Russian phone numbers calling it once I
eclecticsed 5y I was traveling abroad for the first time, also traveling without my parents for the first time, at 19 years old. I'd gone to Japan with my best friend, and we got two separate rooms at the little business hotel we were staying in about 30 minutes outside of Tokyo. Japanese hotel rooms do not (typically) have tubs the same length as those you would find in the US, but they are very deep. I was taking a bath one night when I decided to slide down onto my back and dunk my hair to wash out the
zomskii . 9y In Ecuador my wife's bag was stolen, she lost all three of her passports. In Botswana, I was hitching a ride in the back of a truck which ran off the road. In Morocco my train derailed. In Israel, my friend fell down a mountain and was taken to hospital by helicopter. But in every case, everything turned out fine. Travelling is awesome! ... 193
CurryThighs 9y My family took a trip to Sudan (To visit my Dads family). My brother came back with a sever rash all over his back. The rash persisted for a few weeks, and the doctors had no idea what it was. Then, we were at the park one day and he started complaining about the rash to our mom, saying it starting to hurt more. She ignored it, thinking he must have rubbed it on something by accident, when he feel to the floor screaming with pain, and literally hundred and hundreds of flies came flying out of a
TywinShitsGold . 2y Waking up to my hotel room being burgled. Was real annoying. Thankfully the only thing taken was my petty cash before I woke up and chased him out. ... 2.1k
VIDCAs17 5y 3 Experiences in Japan: 1. Nearly got lost in a skyscraper by taking a service elevator to a random sub-basement hallway. 2. Almost got locked inside a temple complex overnight because I forgot it closed at 6:00 PM. 3. nearly ran out of physical money at the end of the trip, and if it wasn't for some spare change I found, I wouldn't of had enough money to ride the train to the airport for my flight. ... 38
ErrantWhimsy 9y When I was roughly ten, we were riding The Ducks, a type of vehicle that is also a boat. I love the water and sight-seeing, so this was awesome. We passed a dam, and not 10 seconds after the boat left the dam behind, a speed boat came flying over the top of the dam and landed upside down on the concrete below. They quickly brought us back to the tour station and we saw EMTS carrying bodybags out of the ambulance. Later found out on the news that the driver of the boat was a very drunk
markovitch1928 . 9y Got so badly sunburnt in Thailand every time I smiled my face bled ... 452
 9y A few months ago when i was in Italy i decided to go read at the beach nearby. It ended up with me there nearly everyday we didn't have anything planned. I should mention i was a 23 year old girl in the middle of rural Italy and the italians are very open about how they think and feel. I was followed home and nearly run off my bike by one man, found a guy watching me in the bushes, asked out by random old men nearly every day, had a guy masturbate in the bushes near by.
Soy_tu_papa. 9y Parents got mugged in Colombia. My brother and I were about 50yds ahead of them and heard my mom scream in panic. Sprinted back, just in time, to see her swing her purse around and connect. Guy went down hard thanks to the $1200 Nikon in her purse. ... 66
dsfdgf . : 2y I almost broke my neck on a bouncy house in Italy ... 2
AggressivePercentage 5y Clogged the toilet on my first night in NYC and had the most exhausting time trying to: 1. Attempt to unclog (didn't work) 2. Ended up having to clean out the 'floating children' 3. Had the longest night haha Side note: I'm an Australian and I assume we tend to use a lot of toilet paper. So I learned to flush in intervals during my travels in America. Good times! ... 12


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