I was on holiday with my husband in Fiji and we always knew we didn’t want to fly back home – we wanted to sail. So, luckily, we found – through an internet site – a nice experienced captain willing to take on two novice sailors.
Our radio wasn’t working on the way out but we never guessed that would be a problem.
About seven days into the 14-day trip we hit a storm (– which could have been avoided had the radio been working.
After two days of travelling in a steep 45-degree slant, over huge waves, the three of us were all suddenly flung through the air and water started gushing into the boat.
Shocked, we picked ourselves up and I ran for the lifeboats. The captain had a bleeding head wound and seemed dazed. Luckily, the boat wasn’t sinking but we had a serious moment when we thought we were going to die. Instead, the water had been rushing through an unsecured porthole on the roof.
We had capsized right over, then popped up the right way again. The mast was broken, the diesel had all spilled out, everything was soaking wet.
We called for help on the long-range walkie talkies and luckily had a response, before – just like in the movies – the walkie talkies stopped working due to water damage!
We floated on the water in the storm with no mast and no way to steer for 26 hours before being rescued by an Indonesian fishing ship. – Caitlin Lester, Otago New Zealand
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All I want for Christmas is a dentist
My husband and I were travelling to Perth, Western Australia, for a week-long vacation. Just two days before heading off, I developed a bad toothache so went to the dentist to get it treated. However, during my flight to Perth, the toothache returned.
When we reached Perth, we checked in to our holiday rental in Fremantle. The house was so eerie that it spooked us to the extent that we booked another room in the Perth CBD catching an Uber down late at night.
The house had a beach painting with three girls staring at you eerily and the house had certain noises that got us uncomfortable.
After moving to the Perth CBD area, my toothache got really bad the next day – which was Christmas Day!
I had to search high and low for a dental clinic, open on a Christmas Day, after 6pm. – Elena Woo, Singapore
(Not all forms of toothache require a trip to the dentist though. Especially if you’ve got one of these weird symptoms.)
Next stop, Paris – we hope?
My family and I once caught a plane thinking we were going to Paris, France.
Shockingly, when we arrived we had landed in Paris, Kentucky.
Long story short, we did get to France in the end, after booking more flights but our trip was delayed. – Jessica Bibby, Napier New Zealand
(If only Jessica had asked the airline exactly which Paris they were headed for, they would have told her. But here’s 13 things they definitely WON’T have told her.)