From desperate loo hunts to language barrier woes, how many of these travel perils have you tackled? (Let's face it, they're what great travel stories are made of...)
1: Travel bores
They’ve been there and done that – usually bigger, better and cheaper than you. And they can't wait to tell you all about it.
You never realise how much you love Marmite or a proper cuppa until you stand no chance of getting them.
3: Traveller ‘chic’
Walking into a trendy bar wearing zip-off trousers, all-purpose T-shirt and clumpy boots, because that’s all you’ve got.
Overdoing it on the suncream, insect repellent and ‘just-in-cases’ will leave you no room for a change of clothes, let alone souvenirs.
5: Shopping sensibly
You put off buying something to shop around for a good bargain (fruitlessly), then can’t remember where the original shop was.
Trying to find one, turning a blind eye to its dirtiness, and unearthing a scrap of loo roll are genuine life skills.
Choose between the guilt of leaving them beside the road or the fear of having a potential loon on your back seat.
8: Selfie sticks
Just no. Got one? Here's what to do with it...
The sharp end of travelling to more exotic places. Whether you find them mildly uncomfortable or downright torturous, they're not fun.
10: Passport hell
That moment when you discover it expires the day before you get back.
11: Rooms above restaurants
Very handy when you’re hungry, but do you really want to be reminded of what you ate when you wake up the next morning?
The friendly locals’ charm and language skills will make you feel even worse for doubting their motives.
13: Fellow travellers
You finally make it to your remote Pacific island only to find it crowded with a swarm of tourists – all with the same idea.
14: Souk disorientation
Aimless wandering soon becomes a desperate search for the exit.
15: That dodgy meal
It only takes one to make the rest of your trip a constant search for the loo (see point 6).
16: Foreign beer
Delicious, yes. But often made with extra hangover-inducing chemicals.
17: The insurance gamble
Get the best cover and nothing goes wrong. Spend less and you know you'll come a cropper.
18: When bartering gets awkward
Who’s ripping off who?
19: Trying to find an 'authentic' chili con carne in Mexico
Alas, this is not a real Mexican dish. Grasshoppers are, however.
20: Bad timing
Want to see the whales/Northern Lights/Big Five? “Oh, you should have been here yesterday...”
21: Monsoon season
Makes travel very cheap, but very very soggy.
22: Single supplements
Solo travel's greatest injustice.
23: Baggage carousels
The point where you realise that fluorescent orange would have made a better choice than tasteful black.
Jobsworths the lot of ’em, from four-forms-for-one-train-ticket bureaucrats to power-crazed border police.
25: Language barriers
One wrong Spanish verb and ‘I’m hot’ becomes ‘I’m horny’. Apologise with what you think is ‘I’m embarrassed’, and you could be telling them you’re pregnant.
26: Exchange rates
Why are they never a nice multiple of ten?
27: Unwelcome room-mates
The mosquito that only buzzes when the light’s off, the cockroach that’s just too quick for your thwack, and the scorpion that thinks your shoe is a good place to sleep.
28: Films shown on long-distance buses
Invariably a Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude van Damme masterpiece, deafeningly dubbed, and on loop for the entire journey.
Sure, there are ways to avoid it – but there are hundreds more to make it worse.
The priciest alcohol known to mankind, but it still seems like a good idea when you get back to your room from the bar.
At first they seemed nice, but now you can't shake them. Those people who turn chance encounters into awkward travel togetherness.
Nasty little suckers that see you as lunch on legs.
33: Unintelligible menus
Trying the koç yumurtasi could bring culinary heaven, or it could bring ram’s testicles.
34: Banks and embassies
Never, ever, open when you need one.
35: Taxi drivers
Taking you the longest route possible, so they can relieve you of your first week’s budget.
36: 'Wild wee' litter
You’ve waited years to do the Inca Trail, then complete it with someone else’s bog roll stuck to your feet.
37: Camel rides
Think you’re going to look like Lawrence of Arabia? Not a chance. A more uncomfortable and inelegant mode of transport has yet to be devised.
38: Paper-thin hotel walls
On one side there’s a snoring German, and on the other there's a couple working their way through the Kama Sutra.
39: Coming home
You know it’s got to happen sooner or later, but that doesn't make it any nicer...
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