I'm half-doomed and you're semi-sweet (likelystory) wrote in thequestionclub,
I'm half-doomed and you're semi-sweet

What are your absolute worst travel experiences? I don't mean something like, "I went to Wisconsin and it was boring"; tell me about your worst experience while trying to actually get somewhere (e.g. flight delays, car trouble in the middle of nowhere, etc.).

Also, was that semicolon above supposed to go inside the quotation marks? I know commas and periods always do, but I'm fuzzy about other punctuation marks.

First of all, my flight was delayed about 3 hours, and I didn't find out until after I'd already gone through security. This isn't a big deal most places, I realize, but our airport is so tiny that the only thing past security is a room with two "gates", a soda machine, and a restroom. When the flight finally came, the nasty weather tossed our little propeller plane about terribly. I get a little airsick under the best of conditions (I've gone on vacations to amusement parks, rode rollercoasters for days and been fine, then puked in the airplane restroom on the way home). Anyway, the turbulence combined with low blood sugar from missing meals (b/c I was stuck in the pseudo-terminal) made me incredibly sick. Toward the end of the flight, I actually had to throw up into the little airsickness bag, with everybody watching me in disgust. They wouldn't let us out of our seats to use the restroom because of turbulence. Then, I spent the entire bumpy landing dry-heaving into another airsickness bag.
I was worried about BART-ing home both because I've almost gotten sick on the BART before, and because it was dark and I was alone. I finally decided to shell out the money for a shuttle home. Unfortunately, the shuttle driver didn't have a good grasp of driving concepts like "turn signals" and "gradual braking/acceleration." I was almost sick again by the time I got home.

Another bad experience would probably be my flight home for winter break. The flight attendant on our tiny propeller plane informed us that, "Due to weight and balance issues, we're going to move some of you forward." They then began swapping seemingly-random people with suitcases. I'm not afraid of flying at all, but it made me nervous to think that the plane was that unstable...

I know this isn't a huge deal compared to people who get stuck in airports overnight or stranded god-knows-where on road trips, which is why I want to hear about *your* pain. Heh.
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