The Internet Shares The Funniest Comments From Inexperienced Travelers

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Kelsey is a freelance writer based in Southern Virginia. She enjoys traveling with her family to destinations from national parks to amusement parks and loves sharing tips and stories from along the way.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and it’s impossible to become a seasoned traveler without making a few mistakes along the way! Sometimes, though, the things inexperienced travelers say are just plain funny to those who have been on quite a few adventures. 

In the spirit of good-natured fun, someone recently asked internet users to share the funniest things they’ve heard an inexperienced traveler say. Here are some of the top answers.

Who Needs a Visa? 

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The top commenter shares that he once overheard a traveler who apparently had never heard of immigration law say, “I’m not paying for a VISA! What are they going to do? Send me back? I have a passport, and that’s all I need!”

You’re probably not surprised to learn that he was, in fact, turned back.

Lost in Translation

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One experienced traveler recalls riding a train in Italy with a young woman who took a phone call at the end of the ride. “The person on the other end must’ve asked, ‘How’s the trip? Where are you right now?’ She proceeds to look out the window to find the sign with the name of the city, ‘find’ it, and confidently says: ‘I’m in Uscita!'”

Italian speakers will realize her mistake; ‘uscita’ is the Italian word for exit! The more experienced traveler was kind enough to correct the young woman’s mistake, and she shared that they had a good laugh over it together. 

Beware of Bear… Spray

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Another Redditor calls out her own mother, remembering a time when her mom was visiting her in Alaska, and they planned to take bear spray on a hike. 

Mom asked if the spray really worked, and her Alaskan-transplant offspring had to hurry to explain that bear spray doesn’t work like bug spray! If a bear gets too close, this spray is great to have on hand, but if you spray it on yourself, you’ll be sorry. 

Driving Straight to Where?

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“This was from my early childhood in the 90s, but I’ll never forget it,” shares one person. “My mom ran into an acquaintance at the grocery store, and they stopped to chat for a bit (while I was impatiently waiting).

The woman was saying how excited she was for an upcoming vacation to Hawaii. My mom asked her what airline she was flying with. She replied that she wasn’t flying. My mom said, “Oh, are you taking a cruise or something?” And she said, “No, we’re driving.” This woman apparently thought you could drive to Hawaii from California. Even my 5-year-old brain knew this was ridiculous.”

Not What They Expected

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One person says, “In Belgrade, I met two Americans, one was teaching in Belgrade, and the other was visiting. They proceed to tell me that they are going to Istanbul to buy hashish and visit harems. They were serious. As much as I tried to explain that it was 1993 and not 1893, they were not deterred.” 

Imagine how disappointed they must have been by modern-day Belgrade!

Not How Time Zones Work

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Another commenter shares, “I once met someone who didn’t want to read a message from a relative in Australia because they were in the future, so the sports event they were planning to watch would have already finished.”

Who wants to be the one to explain how time zones work? 

Not Much of a Fish Guy, Myself

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When you plan a trip and choose your itinerary, most travelers would say it’s fairly essential to choose activities that appeal to you. One traveler apparently didn’t get that message, though.

“I was once on a dive boat,” shares one commenter, “and an American guy was disappointed with the diving as he stated ‘he wasn’t much of a fish person.'” We wonder what he had been hoping to see! 

The Queen’s English

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It’s reasonable to wonder whether or not you’ll face a language barrier when traveling. However, figuring out what the native language of some countries is is less a matter of research and more a matter of common sense.

“I was in Heathrow airport,” one person says,” and a southern American man asked me if they speak English here. I said, ‘Here in England…?'” Safe to say yes, they do!

Who Needs Sleep?

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One now-experienced traveler was willing to share a mistake they made in their less-traveled days. 

“My early mistake,” they say, “A 12-hour layover in the airport without a hotel? Shouldn’t be too hard!” The now-seasoned adventurer admits that they learned their lesson and never tried this again! 

The Outback

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Another commenter shares a story from an uncle. “Someone from the UK asked him where he could buy a map that had all the roads on it because his [map] didn’t show them all,” says the Australian native. 

“This was in Australia in the 80s, and yes, his map did show them all; there just aren’t many through the middle.” This is an understandable mistake; Australia is much bigger than many people realize. 

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