Learning big lessons from small mistakes: Day 4 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Mistakes

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Day 4 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll

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Prompt #4: MISTAKES

“Everyone makes mistakes. We forget to ask for Coke without ice in Mexico and spend the rest of the trip in the bathroom. Or we arrive at the airport for a 7pm flight only to realize the flight left at 7am. Tell us the story of your worst travel mistake.”

Learning big lessons from small mistakes

Out of all the years and countries of my travels, I keep racking my brain for some hellish mistake. And I keep coming up empty.

That’s not to say I haven’t screwed up on my trips. It’s just that they’re not major, trip-ending, ohmigod-you-gotta-hear-this-story type mistakes.

I’ve had my screw-ups, but I’ve tried to learn from them.

There was the $20 cab ride I got suckered into at the Delhi airport in India—when really I just needed to snag the shuttle that went between the domestic and international terminals.

Lesson: Ignore touts, stick to your guns, and always feature taxi drivers as minor villains in stories you write.

Or there was traveling in Thailand with a then-girlfriend who really shouldn’t have been my girlfriend anymore.

Lesson: End relationships when they should end. And as a side lesson, if you’re in Thailand and can choose between a so-so relationship and being romantically available, then be available. Just sayin’.

Of course, there are plenty of times where I should’ve drunk less. Like after a sailing trip in Australia, where my glass mystically kept refilling and refilling and refilling. The next morning was one of the worst hangovers of my life.

Lesson: Pace. Know when to stop. And don’t slam big glasses of water the morning after. It’s already too late.

Not all travel mistakes are ball-busters. Not all mistakes lead to illness, or theft, or even a good story. They’re just part of the travel experience. What you take from them, how it informs your future decisions—that’s up to you, just like travel itself.

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BootsnAll 30 Days of Indie TravelEvery day in November, the BootsnAll Travel Network is inviting bloggers from around the world to a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year (or whenever) have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as we like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on our own blogs. More information: Join the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project »

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