Things I’d Never Do Again When Travelling (& A Few That I Would)

This month’s travel link up is all about the Things That You’d Never Do Again when travelling; a topic that was suggested by our lovely co-host for May, Shikha from Why Waste Annual Leave.  So come and join Shikha, RebeccaEmma and I as we spill our little hearts out over things we would never do again while travelling!

Things I’d Never Do Again When Travelling

Jumping off a Perfectly Good Cliff

I was very drunk in Zambia (see the below photos which were taken when I still had use of my legs, was wearing my bra and had possession of my camera and wallet) when I agreed to do the gorge swing and for someone who hates heights this should have put me off drinking alcohol for the foreseeable future (I only agreed to this under the influence, see alcohol makes you do silly things – your folks are right about the dangers of alcohol!).  After two failed attempts of leaning back over the edge of the cliff face and falling backwards (I just couldn’t do it), I was talked into giving it one final attempt where on 3 I would just fall back – on 2 I was pushed hence the reason why I did the gorge swing!


Having a Massage in Budapest

Somehow my friend and I ended up in the mens section of the Baths where my masseuse was a very large oiled Hungarian man who only had a sheet wrapped around his private bits.  His definition of a gentle massage and mine were very different (I was bruised the following day) plus I got to have every Tom, Dick and Harry masseuse walk into the room telling me to relax while they chatted with my masseuse.  And coming back to the Dick, I got to see one of those as well from the customer in the room across the hall from me who gave me a full frontal before lying down on the bed for his massage.  It’s my favourite massage to date and potentially why I get slightly nervous about visiting spas now!


Getting my Legs Waxed

Ohhh when things get lost in translation…I don’t recommend getting your legs waxed while travelling unless you can tell them precisely what you want done in English!  The funniest thing was that one of my Croatian relatives came with me to translate and things still got lost in translation.  That moment when you realise it’s all going wrong and you can’t stop the car crash.  To stop this happening again in future, I’m now having laser!


Going for a Pee Beside a Cactus

I think we can all work out what went wrong with this….I will say I only got a prickle in my foot thankfully and it hurt like crap (excuse the pun!).  I will never ever go for a pee beside a cactus when I’m roughing it ever again…lesson learnt.

Going for a Pee Beside Puppies

Now you’re probably thinking why was I going for a pee next to puppies and to be honest I didn’t know that they were there as the beaches in Libya are full of rubbish and it was the middle of the night.  I only realised they were there when I was mid flow and they started to bark to their mummy and daddy who decided to race back to their babies to protect them…needless to say I managed to stop mid flow, pulled up my pants (trousers for the Brits), G grabbed my hand and we ran!  Can you imagine the conversation with the travel insurance company if I had got my bottom bitten by a dog with rabies – the torch was then known as the rabies bum torch for the duration of our time in Libya.

Things I’d Do Again When Travelling

Sleeping Under the Stars

Regardless of how much of a princess people think I am, I do rough it and sleep under the stars occasionally.  I would rough camp (i.e. no showers, toilets etc) again if it meant that I got to visit a destination that was off the beaten track.



I would definitely buy shoes again when travelling! DEFINITELY!!

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  1. May 1, 2015 / 9:17 AM

    OMG, yes staying somewhere with no toilets. I forgot about that trip in Thailand where we had to ‘go’ under the hut. Chickens and pigs walking around me. haha
    Love that picture of the lone loo… Hope you didn’t actually have to use that one! ;-)
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    • May 2, 2015 / 8:06 PM

      Haha no I didn’t use that loo but strangely enough the cactus was right next to that toilet that I mentioned in the post ;-) xx

  2. May 1, 2015 / 10:57 AM

    OH. MY. GOD. The massage story. I can’t. I really can’t. AHHHHHHHH!!!!! That is like one of those surreal experiences/nightmares you can’t seem to wake up from … I remember visiting baths in Budapest (which I loved) and seeing leathery boobs everywhere … it was a little too much, even for liberal, free-thinking me, but the manly privates would have me scurrying out of there in no time. Yes, I said “manly privates”.
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    • May 2, 2015 / 8:05 PM

      Haha yes! There were so many boobies out that should have been covered that I said to my friend that’s it, I’m whipping off my bikini top and we had a giggle at how great our boobies looked while floating…it was a rather funny evening! I can still remember the size and shape of the willy now…..

    • May 2, 2015 / 8:02 PM

      I know, this is why I go five star now – I’ve got too many random peeing stories to share! ;-) xx

  3. May 1, 2015 / 3:14 PM

    Haha, this is hilarious! I can just imagine you advising your kids in years to come as they head off for their first holiday with their friends, “Have fun, be safe, and no peeing next to cacti!!”

    Polly xx
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    • May 2, 2015 / 8:01 PM

      Haha yes that would be me and look out for stray puppies ;-) xx

  4. May 1, 2015 / 9:17 PM

    I braved getting waxed whilst in Brazil (and not just legs either). It was…um….interesting. :D
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    • May 2, 2015 / 8:00 PM

      Yes Interesting is so the right word! We need a post on your Brazilian Wax job me thinks xx

    • May 2, 2015 / 7:59 PM

      Haha definitely…the world needs a warning system! xx

    • May 2, 2015 / 7:59 PM

      It’s so a bucket list item; Africa or the Middle East are perfect! I’d never seen the Milky Way (I’d seen a lot of Milky Way Chocolate bars) until I camped through the Middle East and it was mind blowing x

    • May 2, 2015 / 7:58 PM

      Haha Frankie! You have to pee al fresco at least once….in all my years of travelling I’ve only pee’d on my foot once and that was due to a change in the wind ;-) xx

  5. May 2, 2015 / 9:28 AM

    Haha – these I would nevers made me chuckle – you have definitely had your fair share of excitement, no wonder you seek luxury and relaxation these days!
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    • May 2, 2015 / 7:57 PM

      I’ve become a princess these days Anna however I can se myself having to go for a pee outside again at some point in the future when I’m visiting an obscure travel destination. xx

  6. RamblinLove
    May 3, 2015 / 8:40 PM

    Wow, that massage story is so funny! I’ve heard lovely things about Turkish baths, but I suppose that is if you go to one for the appropriate gender. Way to be adventurous.
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    • June 4, 2015 / 9:06 PM

      Thanks! I always get myself into trouble on holiday ;-) xx

  7. May 6, 2015 / 3:32 PM

    I’m dying!!! you have the best stories, I would have been laughing to hard to enjoy my massage if i was in that situation!
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    • May 23, 2015 / 10:36 PM

      Trouble seems to find me Dannielle! When my friend said to me oh my goodness he talked the whole time through the massage, I told her what had happened to me and then we giggled and found alcohol hehe x

  8. May 6, 2015 / 11:59 PM

    Oh just like me with my skydive – totally got drunk beforehand for courage but completely sobered up the second I got on the plane! I chose to avoid that gorge swing in Zambia and just watched petrified as other people had a go. Not my idea of a fun adventure!
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    • June 4, 2015 / 9:05 PM

      Haha Africa is dangerous with all those extreme sports to partake in and then add the cheap booze and you agree to the silliest things ever! I wouldn’t recommend the gorge swing at all! xx

    • May 10, 2015 / 9:03 PM

      Super important travel tips for us ladies when travelling hehe ;-) xx