The Ugly

I’ve gotten attacked by a monkey, jumped around on public transportation before a flight in London, and have been mistaken for a robber in Copenhagen. We’ve all been there, right? Well… probably not, but these type of ugly mishaps seem to constantly happen to me at the “perfect” time (but really, is there ever a perfect time?). The stories below are where you can snicker at my embarrassment and misfortune. I’ll be right there with you.

My 10 Biggest Fails Abroad

From wearing my entire closet to the airport in Denmark, to streaking on a rooftop in Norway, to eating way too many onions in Panama, here are my 10 biggest fails abroad, all on one page.

Getting my iPhone & Hula Hoop Stolen on the Same Day

This is what happens when you stay in hostels and dance in the rain. I’ve never gotten anything stolen from me before, and two of my things were stolen on the same day.

Crashing my Motorbike into a Fence

I crashed my motorbike into a fence in northern Thailand not even 5 minutes after getting on it for the first time. Thankfully it didn’t end too badly…

Lice in Cambodia

Only I would get parasites in my hair in a third world country. Funny thing is, I had never had lice before in my life. Guess there’s a first time for everything…

Meditating in Bangkok

My first and last attempt at meditating took place in Bangkok. I was late to a meditation class with a monk and convinced myself I would have to get my leg amputated.

 The Cheap-O Bike Stealer

Breaking my key inside of my bike lock in Copenhagen and having to carry it through the streets and to the bike shop made me quite the celebrity on the streets.

 When Statues Come to Life

Obviously, me spending the day alone in the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen would not end well with my luck. Would you believe it if someone told you they got locked inside and had to jump the fence as some biker zoomed past you? Well, here’s living proof that yes, that actually can happen.

The Actual Commute from Hell

Buses going in the opposite direction, wrong train platforms, and canceled subways, all before I had to make it to the airport.

The Rise of the Planet of the Monkeys

That time I basically stared in the movie Jumanji was when I was in South Africa, watching a bunch of monkeys throw eggs and pots and pans around in my friend’s cabin. Then, I needed rabies shots.

Underwhelmed in the City of Light

Okay, I’ll admit it: the Mona Lisa was just another painting for me. Standing in a crowd with a bunch of other tourists staring at a painting that was much smaller than I had imagined was not how I particularly wanted to spend my day.

Misplacing Michaela at Møns Klint

After a 35 mile bike ride and a hike to chalk cliffs in Southern Denmark, what a better way to end the day than losing my friend in the dark in the middle of no where?

On the Way to the Wall

I have such an incredible sense of direction that I should be a tour guide.

Just kidding. Here’s the time I got lost walking to the Berlin Wall and wandered into a school’s playground.

Deserted in Paradise

An almost capsized boat, an angry driver, and a two hour hike through mud and bushes just to get to a pristine beach in Panama? Bring it on.

The Rusty Diver

Everything that could possibly go wrong before scuba diving, will go wrong, especially when you have my luck.


  1. Comment by Lianne Bronzo

    Lianne Bronzo Reply January 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Ah, sorry to hear these stories, but glad you lived to tell them! There will always be bumps while on the road and those are just as important to share as the fabulous stories.

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply January 2, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Most definitely! They make really good stories (if all ends up well haha) and you always end up learning something from them :]

  2. Comment by Alicia Krich

    Alicia Krich Reply May 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your personal stories. It’s nice to not always hear about the perfect travel tales. <3

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica Reply May 18, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Thank you so much! Traveling is definitely not always fun and games, haha!

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