How to Never Have a Bad Holiday

Travelling is idealised as the perfect escape from our very imperfect lives, yet being on a holiday doesn’t grant you immunity to trip-ups and f-ups. Instead of calling in quits, your travel mishaps don't have to ruin your trip. If you’re wondering how, read on and take it from me, the guy who’s never had a bad holiday.

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An Infectiously Positive Spirit for Travel

I’m a cynic but I always make it a point to take a step back when waist deep in crap, especially when it’s (crap) raining down on my long awaited break from the office. “I’ve waited so long for this (holiday), why must this happen to me?!”, are probably the first things that come to mind when hitting travel speed bumps. You could whine about it and wallow in self pity, or you could laugh, spit at and flip off adversity, and realise it ain’t that bad.

Take this recent trip of mine for example...

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5 am – My friends and I huddled around in the airport, adventure beckoned. However, as we chatted, it was apparent that my throat wasn’t feeling so well. With a three day long mountaineering adventure slated to begin in 24 hours, it’s needless to say, that this was a really sh*tty timing for a sore throat.

9 am – A flight and a couple of lozenges later, we found ourselves standing in line, at the mercy of either very thorough or semi-sedated immigration officers, I’ve yet to decide on which. My voice made me sound like I was on the cusp of puberty and all hopes of catching the ferry we had booked in advance slowly slipped away.

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10:30 am – Finding a couple of drivers to take us to another harbour two hours away, spirits were still high. On the open road, our heads bobbed and swayed as we made haste to catch the ferry. The driver’s head did the same… as he nodded to sleep. Wait what!? Hands firmly on the wheel, foot on the pedal, he slipped in and out of consciousness. A friend riding shotgun turned around to give me the “are you seeing this?” look, to which I chuckled and nodded to. At least the road was straight and fairly open, so careening of it wouldn’t have been too bad–I guess.

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Credit: Matthew

2:30 pm – Having made it to the harbour, we got our ferry tickets and waited by the jetty for what seemed like eternity. “Be on time!” they said… but with the ferry running late the number of people stuck in the holding area swelled and soon, had a self-imposed unofficial “standing only” policy.

4 pm – Reprieve from the crowd, a seat and some air-conditioning, I napped and let the rocking of the waves put me to sleep. When I woke, my voice was gone and I resorted to texting friends and my girlfriend, all of whom were right beside me, to fill them in on my predicament. After everyone had a good laugh, they handed me lozenges–as good friends do.

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Fast forward to the climb, the lost voice was out of mind and all there was to do was enjoy the climb. When we weren’t climbing, the frigid nights had me hacking phlegm up and blowing out mucus every couple of hours. It didn’t sound pretty, and looked even nastier. My girlfriend who dealt with it like a champ, would also go on to complete her very first mountaineering trip, while remedying what she thought was a very sore, but actually fractured, rib with a steady stream of painkillers and killer willpower.

A Holiday Gone Wrong?

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Within the first four days of this particular trip, we probably had enough hiccups to want to call it quits. The “I’m leaving this country a bad yelp review” sort of bad luck. Walking wounded may sound a tad dramatic but in this merry band there were (severe) sunburns, fevers, respiratory infections and a broken bone.

Travel is often a barrage on the senses and the “feels”. How you perceive it, is entirely up to you. Everyone plans and hopes for the best possible adventures. Anywhr is no different, painstaking thought is given to every traveller’s request so that they’re given the best chance of having a great experience. The forces of the universe, however, have a tendency to throw a wrench their way every now and then. Our travellers often return, and tell us about how unfortunate and unplanned circumstances left them with a fresh perspective on things. In any case, Anywhr’s team is on standby 24/7 should the adventures… get a little too adventurous for travellers, so there’s no need to worry!

In my own words, why make a bad situation worse by souring your mood?

Don’t just take it from me. Check out their experiences in Anywhr’s Destination X series of interviews.

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What Makes a Good Holiday?

Well, it doesn’t get cheesier than this but I truly believe you’ll have better, hell–GREAT holidays–with a 20/20 perspective on life.

Nose still dripping and on a rickety speedboat, we were on our way to the next chapter of our adventure, I couldn’t have been happier to be where I was, surrounded by good friends, respiratory issues or not. Why would I? The tough as nails girlfriend didn’t mind copious amounts of green slime leaking from my nose, which bodes well for me when she discovers my “wash, air, rewear” and “minimalist bathing” mantras for travelling.  

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With multiple trips notched with this group of friends, it just proves that they’re the best lot to travel with – for me. Enough differences to keep the banter going and calm enough to roll with the punches. We choose adventure and stepping out of our comfort zones, and this often leads to a wrong turn, or two, every now and then.

Ultimately we choose to have a good time, no matter the situation. And you should too.

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AUTHOR: MATTHEW

An advertising creative by day (and too many nights), I think, write and create for a living. Born in a city but raised wild, I’m a part-time outdoorsman, and when unshackled from my desk – I move.

An advertising creative by day (and too many nights), I think, write and create for a living. Born in a city but raised wild, I’m a part-time outdoorsman, and when unshackled from my desk – I move.