Tales From Abroad
Have you ever been abroad?
If so, then you are in the minority of Americans.
That’s right: As of 2016, there were 131,841,062 valid American passports in circulation, and while that’s the highest number to date, it’s still only about 40% of the total population of the U.S. So while it’s a difficult number to calculate, it’s safe to assume that the majority of Americans have never left the country.
That being said, and perhaps contrary to the image of the uncultured American, we’re still among the most well-traveled populations in the world, so you’re sure to have seen a few foreign countries yourself or at least still have that one friend that talks about the six months they spent in Barcelona back in college (we get it).
Traveling abroad almost always results in a story, be it from an unforgettable memory, hilarious encounter, or terrible trip we’ll regret for the rest of our lives. Americans were asked to share their funniest and wildest stories from abroad, and these encounters will crack you up and make you want to book your next vacation ASAP.
Twelve years ago, I and a co-worker were in Crawley, UK, for a training course. The first day we decided to take a walk around the hotel, we got lost, and thinking we had found the hotel, we ended up in a home during a birthday party. All revelers froze and stared at us astonished … Well, we said cheerfully “Happy Birthday!” and ran away … (Domenico)
Oh My, Gerona
My husband and I were visiting Gerona, Spain, where the streets are mostly narrow, cobblestone and treacherous. While searching for our hotel in our rental car, my diabetic husband’s blood sugar went low. He said he was fine, and wanted to continue driving. He turned into a tiny lane, which the GPS said was the route to the hotel. We ended up with the car wedged between two ancient stone buildings and had to climb out of the sunroof to get out. The car was totaled. (Tamara Casanova)
I was always so confused by my host family in Mexico. They were constantly switching all of the rooms of the house around, so one week the kitchen would all of a sudden be the living room and I had to track down the new kitchen. This happened every few weeks for the entire year…maybe they were just f*cking with me? (kels820)