I’ve done some pretty stupid shit during the past couple of months of travel. It’s just been one epic fail after another.
Some have suggested I change the name of the blog to A Bearded Idiot Abroad.
I already posted a blog about the time in Myanmar when I counted out 17,000 kyats instead of 170,000 when exchanging $US200 with some dodgy street money changers.
Here a just a few more examples of some of the dumb things I’ve done recently:
- paying a B40 ($1A1.33) Sŏrng·tăa·ou (shared taxi) fare with a B1000 ($A33.33) note in Chiang Mai and being left cursing in the street when the driver drove off without giving me change.
- buying some longyis (sarong-like wraps) at a Yangon market stall without examining them only to later discover they were just lengths of unsewed material.
- leaving my ATM card in a bank machine in Bangkok
- falling asleep outside a boarding gate at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport and missing my flight back to Australia.
The shit thing is that none of these things was the result of me taking any dangerous risks or flouting the law. They were all normal situations travellers come across every day.
And I’m not sure what to prevent similar things happening in the future. It’s kind of hard to just “be less vague”.
Maybe thinking things through thoroughly and being a little more “in the moment” would help.
Luckily, the only thing affected has been my bank balance (and my ego). So far I haven’t suffered any injuries or medical maladies.
However, I think there are a couple of lessons in this for everyone.
a) Keep a bit of money in the travelling budget for unexpected expenses caused by your own stupidity.
b) If I can travel the world, anybody can.
Seriously, if I can make it around South and Central America and South East Asia – and potentially even further – your average reasonably competent human being can too.
It might just be a bit more expensive than me than for most people.