Welcome to Williamsport!

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It’s been a bit of a mission!  πŸ™‚

 

I had a very interesting flight – I sat next to a woman who is a registered dietician and works for a regional grocery store chain.  I peeked at her laptop and saw she was prepping for a presentation on social media and food blogs!  Total coincidence.

 

After we landed in Harrisburg, I went over to the rental car booth and got talked into upgrading to this sweet ride.

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Vroom! Vroom!

 

Then, I literally traveled over the mountains and through the woods to Williamsport.  I lived in Pennsylvania for 5 years and kind of miss it.  It’s so scenic.  The two hour drive FLEW by. 

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While I drove, I ate lunch.  I packed a PB sammie and a banana because I knew from experience that my healthy and vegetarian food options would be limited on rural highway.

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I pulled up to my hotel and was extremely disappointed to realize I BOOKED THE WRONG NIGHT. Yes, I booked the room for Monday!  Not only that, but apparently Williamsport is bumpin’ right now due to oil speculations, and every room in FOUR hotels was sold out! 

 

All except…

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The very awesome luxury suite – also a smoking room.  Now I’m out $260 instead of $100; however, I had to just laugh.  I literally laughed until I cried at the check-in desk.  Worse things can happen, right?  At least I found a room!  What would I have done tonight otherwise?!

 

Squeezed in a quick gym sesh:

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I did 31 minutes on the treadmill – about 2.5 miles.  I walked/ran because I was practicing my presentation at the same time.

 

I’m going to go rummage up a snack and catch some ZZZ’s before I have to be on campus!

 

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?  When I was in Barcelona, Spain with my BFF Sarah, I began to projectile vomit on the airplane to Paris, and by the time we landed, I was fainting and losing consciousness.  I got rushed to an emergency room in the airport, woke up to a French nurse jamming an IV in my arm, and we both missed our flight.  We were 20 years old and FREAKING OUT.  Our only hotel option was a $400 room in the Paris airport.  It was DELUXE.   Best part:  I didn’t owe a dime in medical costs because France has socialized medicine! Wahoo!  Thank you, France.

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  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 13, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Oh my gosh that last bit sounds terrifying!! Oh my :s
    The scenery where you are is GORGEOUS! I officially want to add that place to my hit list πŸ˜€
    I’m yet to have any horrific travelling experiences…*touch wood* I’ve been fine so far, but I know my time will come πŸ˜›
    Oh, and yes, far worse things do happen than ending up with the LUXURY suite!! I say make the most of it and enjoy it πŸ˜€ GEet room service, champers…whatever πŸ˜€
    Have a good time!

  • Kelly April 13, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Wow that is a CRAZYYY France story!
    I think you must secretly love upgrading to luxury rooms haha

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 13, 2010, 2:23 pm

    oh no! i’ve had a rental car company refuse to honor a reservation before…won’t mention any names, but it was horrible! we finally got to talk to someone really high up and they fixed it, but i couldn’t believe it!!!

    at least you can laugh about it and you have a lux suite πŸ™‚

  • BethT April 13, 2010, 2:24 pm

    That’s not as bad as I thought it would be. When I booked a cruise for myself and a few other friends, I was responsible for booking everyone’s flights to (supposedly) make it easier. I booked my bro and his wife for the day AFTER everyone else was to fly out. Now, in my defense, they never even looked at their tickets, but they showed up on what they thought was the right day – only to be told at the airport that their tickets were for tomorrow. Oops.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet April 13, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Ahhh! Hey, at least you got that awesome room!!

  • Sara April 13, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Oh no! Glad you found a room, though. I haven’t traveled much, so nothing too crazy has happened. Unless you count the time that I was in Chicago with my mom, who wouldn’t listen to me and my awesome map skills, so she had us walking about ten miles out of our way to get to a park…that was only about a mile from our hotel. I have a photo of my sad feet (I was wearing flip flops!).

  • Ruby April 13, 2010, 2:27 pm

    i have driven to Williamsport before from Reading, PA. it’s a beautiful drive. it really is too bad that you didn’t have sunny weather.

    http://www.rubyshewrote.com/blog

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 13, 2010, 2:27 pm

    WOW the story about Paris/Spain is crazy!!!!
    As for today, at least you found a room. And you have a massive bathtub and a SWEET ride. Living in style!!!
    I’ve never had anything super bad happen while traveling. The only thing that’s happened to me was when I went to Ireland in 11th grade. We had a tour guide with us who was like 21 and had lived in Ireland his entire life so he “knew” the area. We were staying in this hotel in the middle of nowhere and he said that there was a town within a mile or so and it would just be a quick walk to get there. So off we went, him and about 12 of us, at night to go to a pub in said town. We walked and we walked and we walked… 1 mile? not so much! About 5 miles later, we arrived at said pub. And within 15 minutes, were thrown out (don’t remember why). So we walked all that way for nothing. And THEN, it started to pour. And I mean torrential rain… so we had to walk back 5 miles in the pouring rain and cold. I looked like a drowned rat. I never understood that expression until then…

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 13, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Oh man! I hate when stuff like that happens. At least you got a nice room out of it. Enjoy!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove April 13, 2010, 2:29 pm

    My study abroad roomate rolled out of a top bunk in Frankfurt. We spent the night in a German hospital with her broken nose!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 13, 2010, 2:30 pm

    The Mister and I got stranded in NYC. Our Amtrak tickets and all other routes literally cancelled for the day. All flights to CLE were booked, we literally had no way home. UNTIL we found a flight to pittsburgh that got in at 1 am. we convinced my borther to drive from Cleveland to come pick us up. We got home around 3:30 and woke up at 6:00 a.m. for work the next day – disasterous! we’ll never ride Amtrak again!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love April 13, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Crazy France story! My stories always include getting lost in Europe and taking the wrong train. I am horrible with directions/maps πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 13, 2010, 2:31 pm

    All countries should have social healthcare.

  • Heather April 13, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Oh, dear! good work. πŸ™‚

    did you ever hear about that time I boarded the wrong plane? yeah… definitley accidently boarded a plane to DENVER when i was trying to get Chicago when coming back from Dallas this past Christmas. good work, heather.

    • Julie April 13, 2010, 2:38 pm

      omg! haha, how did that happen? Didn’t the security person checking tickets catch that? When did you realize you were going to Chicago? lol.

      • Heather April 13, 2010, 8:15 pm

        i try not to post links to my own blog in the comment sections of other peoples blog…

        but i tried to answer your question of how I ended up on the wrong plane, and it was a mess. And by mess, i mean, I am incrediably wordy and rambly and the story is longer than comment appropriate. [of course, this being said after i left a two page long comment on savvyjulie’s blog today. oops.]

        so i thought that it may be best if i just share the link to the story on my blog, for the sake of sharing everyone seventeen minutes of scrolling to get to the bottom of this webpage to share their own stories. (caitlin, forgive me.)

        http://thenheathersaid.com/2009/12/28/the-award-for-idiot-of-2009-goes-to/

        • Heather April 13, 2010, 8:19 pm

          see. even that explanation of my explanation was rambly. ha.

    • Julie @savvyeats April 13, 2010, 2:52 pm

      My best friend accidentally went to the wrong airport once… had to rush to the other airport over an hour away and just barely made it!

      • Becky April 13, 2010, 4:10 pm

        My friend and I did that too….in Rome, Italy. It was quite the adventure.

        • Julie April 13, 2010, 4:25 pm

          This happened to me too, in London! We had slept on the floor awaiting our 6am flight to Amsterdam…only to realize at about 4:30am that we slept at the wrong airport! We booked it to the other one (can’t remember now which one of the smaller London ones) and literally Just made it on time. Phew!!

  • Midgetkeeper April 13, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Wow that’s one crazy story. Glad it all worked out. I’ve never really had anything crazy happen to me while traveling. We’ve just always end up flying when nothing is going right, always delayed or flights canceled. Stinks.

  • Shellybean April 13, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Bless your heart!! That is really funny!
    The carziest thing that happened to me traveling was that on my first ever work trip, I was booked into a pretty nice hotel but when I got into the room- it smelled bad, the bed was unmade, and there was a glass half full of juice on the bedside table! When I called the front desk, they came up to move me to another room, then opened the closet. There was a suitcase there. They had given me a room that already had an occupant!!
    I was so traumatized!
    Since then, I *always* lock the chain lock on my room door and I am really glad that no one was in the room when I walked in!
    On the plus side, the hotel gave me a bottle of wine to make up for it. πŸ™‚

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 2:35 pm

      *puts chain on door*

    • Julie @savvyeats April 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

      That is creepy! How do they give you a room that is already occupied?!

      • Shellybean April 13, 2010, 4:58 pm

        I don’t know- but my swipe card definitely opened that door!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 13, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Did they charge you for Monday night, too? Normally if you don’t show up or cancel within 24 hours you would get charged for the room.

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 2:36 pm

      yup… hence why im out $260. it sucks!

  • Amanda April 13, 2010, 2:33 pm

    When life gives you lemons…. bahaha! Nothing like projectile vomiting so much you dehydrate eh?

  • Kelly April 13, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Haha nothing like a luxury sweet. That’s totally something I would do, btw. Crazy France story though.

  • Diana April 13, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I’ve had a few travel adventures but it always ended well, fortunately. πŸ™‚

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story April 13, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Your airport ER thing would terrify me and I’m 30. I don’t know how you managed that at 20! πŸ™‚ Sorry you’ve had a rough go of it so far, but glad it’s managing to work itself out.

    I was walking through the Philadelphia airport getting ready to leave and I was crying, sad to be leaving and I rounded a corner and ran face first into the stomach/almost chest the WWE’s Big Show. I must have looked pathetic, my weepy eyes looking WAY up at him saying “oh gosh, I’m sorry”. haha

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 13, 2010, 2:36 pm

    My best traveling story is right before we were traveling back to the states from studying abroad. My friend decided she was going to get drunk with her boyfriend the night before our flight. At 5am as we were headed to the airport she was still drunk. I took all her identification and tickets from her and checked us in. I hoped they wouldn’t notice and not let her fly. She slept the entire flight to London and then was nutty on the flight from London to EWR. Craziest flight ever.

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

      oh wait i have a similar story to yours that might contest my paris story…. except i was the stupid drunk. lesson learned. never drink before a flight. ever.

      • RhodeyGirl April 13, 2010, 3:09 pm

        I have a story like this too. My cousin is the opposite of me. She went out with some random guy she met in Italy the night before our flight and hadn’t even packed. Her phone died and supposedly she was on a beach with no train until the morning. She got back to the apartment, packed up, and got to the airport with 20 minutes left before our flight. I was waiting at the airport, tickets in hand, nervously checking the door. I still have anxiety thinking about that day and night!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Wow, that’s a pricey room for little old Williamsport! Glad you found something though. Freshmen year of college, my roommate and I went to Hilton Head over spring break. We flew out of the Harrisburg airport to Philly to Atlanta to Savannah. I guess we went with the cheapest flight ever? We pulled up to the helicopter hanger when we first got to the Harrisburg airport, not knowing where the “terminal” was. After a few delayed flights and lost luggage, we figured out we would have made it hours earlier if we had just driven.

  • Ali April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Oh, no! At least they had a room! The craziest thing that happened to me while traveling was getting my ankle stuck between train cars while traveling between Hanoi and Danang in Vietnam. Luckily it didn’t break, but I had to endure people freaking out and screaming in Vietnamese for HOURS before the train arrived and I could get to a hospital!

  • Jenny April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Getting airsick is pretty terrible- I got dehydrated climbing mountains- it was a mess!

  • Ashley April 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Crazy stories! You just have to laugh b/c what else would you have done. And speaking of laughing here is my funny travel story which happened 2 weeks ago….

    My bf and I were coming back from a week vacation in Morocco. Our flight was on time, bus from airport to London was early, and I got a taxi so fast once we were dropped off in London. Everything was going so smoothly. Keep in mind we landed at 1130pm so we didn’t get back to the flat until 145am. I asked Jon to get his keys because I’m too lazy. Well he said he didn’t bring them b/c I said I had them. I search my bags and start laughing b/c I didn’t want to cry. It was starting to rain, very cold and 2am! He didn’t want to call the landlord to wake him up so we called a locksmith. He opened the first door but had to drill our flat lock off so we told him to stop there. The locksmith left and we were still locked out of our apt but at least we were in the building so it wasn’t as cold anymore. Jon had a great idea and climbs up the fire escape and lets me into the flat. Problem solved. I go into the flat and Jon finds his keys on the desk. I still can’t find my keys. Well…..they were in my suitcase the whole time. I just didn’t see them when I looked through everything. We had to laugh at that point b/c it was 3am and we were just over tired. We were out $60 but we had to laugh because it’s a story we will tell for a while. Oops!!

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 2:38 pm

      HAHAHAHHAHAHHA

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Our craziest experience was on our honeymoon in Europe…we almost got run over by so many crazy drivers..I swear they do it to tourists for a laugh!

  • Wendy April 13, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Once, I was staying at a (very nice) hotel. Within an hour of entering our room, the sink in the bathroom began spewing sewage out of the drain like a geyser. It STANK to high heaven, and got all over the things we had unpacked in the bathroom. We were quickly moved to a different, nicer room and received a fruit basket (or something like that) as an apology from the hotel.

  • Sarah April 13, 2010, 2:41 pm

    sorry about your hotel!! at least you get the best room:) your hospital story abroad reminded me of my brother…my family went to ireland for my cousins wedding and at the time my brother was only 16 but my parents and my aunt and uncle (my cousin pat was also 16) agreed they could drink if they controlled themselves…HAHA. well they started sneaking whiskey cokes…they thought the parents would think it was just coke…sneaky kids! they were running around the hotel and my brother jumped a flight of stairs and messed up his ankle. they had to take him to the hospital in the morning and it was completely free! we were so confused until we realized they must have socialzed medicine. the crutches they gave him were also the kind that hook to your arms not normal under the arm kind…haha.

  • Wendy April 13, 2010, 2:43 pm

    Oh! I have another crazy travel story for you – on a trip with a college club, our tour bus broke down outside of Stephensville, TX. I remember it being very, very hot and sitting on the side of a rural highway waiting to be rescued. Eventually some school buses came to pick up our group + luggage (there were ~40 of us) and took us to a “member’s only” bar to wait for a new tour bus to come pick us up and take us to our next destination. They made us all honorary members for the day. πŸ™‚

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 13, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Boo to the hotel situation.
    I can’t really remember anything TOO bad happening on vacation except one instance. We were in Mexico, and on one of the excursions through the Mayan Ruins we were on, the tour guide person told us not to leave anything behind, unless you’re up for buying it back on Ebay. What do I do? Stuff my new camera in the pocket of the seat in front of me on the bus we were on, and forget to take it with me when we left! I didn’t remember until we were on the boat back to the mainland. Obviously they wouldn’t turn around just for my camera πŸ™ So gone was my camera and all the pictures I had taken so far!

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep April 13, 2010, 2:56 pm

    My last trip to Orlando was absolutely horrific! When I went to pick up my rental car, I didn’t know I couldn’t pay with cash, and I didn’t have a credit card with enough room available to pay for everything on the trip AND the rental car. So I had to find a rental car place that took cash. There’s only one in the MCO airport, by the way. Instead of paying $150, I ended up paying $400 for a piece of crap Forenza. The hotel I stayed at for one night made me sick. There must have been something in the air system. Then, the car battery died, and I had to find some strangers to help me jump it. Finally, I made it to the Celebration Hotel, which took the rest of my cash and credit card money for incidentals, which I didn’t plan on. So, I had to call home and have my parents put more money in to my banking account.

    I tried to look at it positively like when they say “if it rains on your wedding day, you’ll have lots of babies. Hopefully my move to Florida will be successful with no problems!

  • Runeatrepeat April 13, 2010, 2:56 pm

    My biggest fear is getting sick on a plane. Sometimes I will almost convince myself I’m sick and start feeling ill. I am crazy.

  • PhillyGirlRuns April 13, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Hysterical — I can’t believe that Williamsport is such a bumpin’ place on a random Tuesday! LOVE the bathtub, though. My butt would be in there for sure.

  • RhodeyGirl April 13, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I CALLED IT ON TWITTER!

    We once booked the wrong flight home from Sicily to Florence- wrong day. It was a b%tch but a few tears later we convinced them to put us on the flight. At the time I was very grateful to speak fluent Italiano!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 13, 2010, 3:03 pm

    This was BY FAR the worst travel experience EVER. US Air still hasn’t done anything to help us out! http://www.imadedinner.net/2009/12/22/honeymoon-take-1-or-why-us-airways-spent-our-honeymoon-money/

  • Lauren April 13, 2010, 3:04 pm

    The Husband and I (not married at the time) missed a night when we were scheduling our hotel in Florence, Italy when we were backpacking through Europe. We decided we could rough it and stay out at the bar and hit the train station early for our return train to the airport, save the $90 we would have spent on another hotel room. Except we didn’t think about the fact that it was a Sunday night. The bar closed at 12:30 and the train station didn’t open until 6:00 the next morning. We “slept” in an apartment building lobby and I had a terrible allergic reaction. It was terrible and we didn’t get to our next destination (Germany) until almost 5:30 the next day. Never again!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run April 13, 2010, 3:10 pm

    That room looks awesome!

    I spent two nights at a Red Cross shelter with my high school church group when the interstates in Kentucky were closed for a bad snow storm when we were driving home from a conference. There were two cute older boys there (probably 20?) and my friend and I spent the whole two days hanging out with them and drooling over them. Looking back I feel horrible for the parents that had chaperoned the trip and were stuck with us in the shelter!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 13, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Oh man I have a ton! I got stuck on a plane on the tarmac in Rome for 5 hrs in 100 degree weather with no AC. I thought I was going to die! Also was homeless in Rome for a night, but that’s another story….

  • katie April 13, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Oh gosh. Well atleast you have a positive attitude! And you’re right, it could be waaay worse.

    I guess the worst thing that happened to me was once I was on a mission trip to Haiti where everyone booked their own plane tickets. When we got to the airport to go home, I realized that I had booked my flight for 3 hours after everyone else. Normally they won’t let you into the airport that early but our group leader bribed a guard and they let me in earlier. The area around the airport is a reeeeeeeeally sketchy. I would have cried if I had had to wait outside.

  • John April 13, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I don’t know about paying for that suite. I mean you had a sweet car you could sleep in πŸ™‚

  • Joanie @RunningTeachingEating.blogspot.com April 13, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I studied abroad in London in 2002. The night before I left, I realized my already-packed suitcase zipper was broken. I had to run out to buy another suitcase and repack it. When I got to London, I realized that I forgot to transfer my undies into my new suitcase, so I was out underwear! My parents had to ship it to me and I had to buy some until mine came…now I NEVER forget to pack those!!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! April 13, 2010, 3:28 pm

    When I was 13 or 14 I was flying back to the states from England (my mom & step-dad were stationed there for the Air Force) and missed my connection in Minn. due to being tied up in customs……..by the time I got to my connection, which was still there, I found out they gave my seat away! =O So a not so happy phone call from my mother after I called her crying got me on the next flight. I can only imagine how “worried” she was…I know if my daughter had that happen I would of FREAKED. =(

  • Courtney April 13, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I went on a trip with friends after my high school graduation to Italy for two weeks. We did a ton of touristy things and one day we did a tour of the Vatican museums and stuff. Now it was about a million degrees out that day, and we poor Atlantic Canadians just aren’t prepared for weather where you sweat just standing up. The museums were a little bit cooler, out of the direct sunlight, but still warm considering we had to wear clothing that covered our shoulders and knees. We got to the hall of tapestries, which is humidity controlled. We could feel the change in temperature before we even entered the room, and I started feeling funny. I grabbed onto my friend’s arm just before I fainted, landing underneath the velvet ropes that separate the visitors from the tapestries. Security guards start running, telling me to get out from under the rope — a lot of good that will do, since I’m unconscious. Somewhere along the line I wake up, people are crowded around me, handing me water and gatorade. More guards come with a wheelchair and start wheeling me towards an elevator, [all by myself!] and at the last minute my friend jumped on the elevator with me. We got to see what most people don’t get to see at the Vatican … the medical ward.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! April 13, 2010, 3:29 pm

    P.S. I would of been stuck sleeping in the car, $100+ more for a room would of been too much for me……..but would of loved to do it as that Suite looked nice and was all for you! =)

  • Jessica April 13, 2010, 3:32 pm

    That’s kinda too bad about the hotel but now you’ll just have to enjoy it! Take a long bubble bath and relax.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 13, 2010, 3:34 pm

    There are too many crazy travel stories. One that springs to mind is in Melbourne on the morning of my flight back to the UK. We were pretty frazzled and maybe a little hungover… Anyway, it’s quite a long drive from Melbourne to Tullamarine airport and we were nearly there when I realised I’d left my passport at the flat. My BFF’s boyfriend had to do a U turn in the middle of the highway and go all the way back to Melbourne. By the time I got to the airport my flight had been called and I hadn’t even checked in. The staff were awesome beyond belief and ferried me through (this was a long time ago when security wasn’t so tight). I got to travel on one of those little airport trucks with the flashing light!

  • emptynutjar April 13, 2010, 3:36 pm

    u like Robert Frost πŸ˜‰

  • Katharine April 13, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Let’s see… a looong time ago my dad, sister and I went to San Francisco (I was about 11). We were typical tourists and took the trolley everywhere. Well, I got off where I was instructed but the trolley continued on before my dad and sis could get off, leaving me standing on a busy street corner (crying). The conductor sees what happens, grabs my sister, and jumps off the moving trolley… with my dad still on there. So now my sister and I are on opposite sides of the stree (she was 8), crying. Sooo my dad jumps off the moving trolley a few blocks down and comes to rescue us. On that same trip a homeless woman also got up in my face and yelled, “Go home and don’t you EVER come back.” πŸ™‚

  • JenRD April 13, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Um, WOW! That was one scary experience en route to Paris! I have to give you so much credit though, for laughing at the mishap with your hotel–not many people (ahem, myself, being type-A) can do that! That is one lesson I need to learn, is to laugh at myself more, and not let my boss (she is one of those energy-sucking vampires you have written about) affect me so much.
    As for scary experiences, have you seen the movie, The Transporter? Well a few years ago, we flew into Milan, and were staying in Bellagio, a lake-side town in Northern Italy, about 2 hours from Milan. We decided to hire a private car, rather than drive a foreign country in our jet-lagged state. Our driver, no joke, was so much like the dude in Transporter–and drove like him too! Speeding along these crazy mountain roads–our hearts were in our throats the whole time! Luckily, we made it in one piece, and got some great restaurant suggestions from him! πŸ™‚

  • Christina April 13, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Wow, I think your travel story definitely trumps anything I can remember!!

  • laura April 13, 2010, 4:04 pm

    a long time ago, my mother, oldest brother and I all flew from separate states and met in IL. When my brother went to get a rental car (I wasn’t old enough, my mom doesn’t have a credit card), he realized he didn’t have his credit card in his wallet. Turns out my sister in law took it out of his wallet before he left to prevent him from spending too much money (he does have a book habit). It was a horrible experience.

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness April 13, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Oh my goodness… that is a crazy travel story! Projectile-vomiting? That must have been terrifying.

    I don’t think I have any stories of that caliber, but I definitely have a “don’t drink the night before flying” story… my sister lives in Colorado Springs, CO where the elevation is way higher that where I live in Milwaukee, WI. We decided to go out for karaoke the night before I had a mid-morning flight. No biggie as I didn’t have to be at the airport until around 10AM.

    I made the classic rookie mistake of drinking too much, however failed to take into account the consequence of drinking at a higher altitude. OH MY GOODNESS I was sicker than a dog when I woke up! I could barely stand up when my sister dropped me off at the airport, and thought I was going to pass out while waiting in line for security. When they made me toss my water bottle I thought I was going to cry. And let’s just say that by the time our tiny prop plane took off (Denver-bound, a 20-minute flight) and was bouncing around all over the place… ughhhhhh. I recovered in due time but will NEVER party that hard the night before a flight!

  • Mellissa April 13, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I love reading all these stories, we have a few good ones. My now husband and I were going to Amsterdam for the weekend and I was meeting him in Chicago and then we were flying over. My flight got canceled to Chicago and I ended up having to fly to Amsterdam by myself and have him meet me there 8 hours later. Lesson learned- book rooms in BOTH names.

    Story 2
    Coming home from our wedding and honeymoon from Italy we got involuntarily bumped from our flight (thanks Delta) and ended up getting home 30 hours later because of it. I missed a flight to a trade show for work and almost got fired because of it. We ended up getting the full amount of compensation possible under EU laws. It paid for our trip to Brazil.

  • Evan Thomas April 13, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Damn that car is hot!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 13, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Oh no!!! I’m so glad you were able to find a room at last!! And a swank one, sweet!

  • Julie April 13, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Travel can be crazy! I have:

    -Spent 12 hours in the El Salvador airport when I was never even supposed to be going to El Salvador (a re-route on the way to Costa Rica).

    -Went to England for a wedding. Stayed in London for two days before heading to Calne. Got to Calne and realized the dress for the wedding was hanging in the hotel closet in London. Eek. Good thing it was from Forever 21. Replacement dress was purchased in Bath for about 6x the cost of the original dress. Oh well!

    -Mix up with electronic tickets had my family repurchasing tickets to Turks and Caicos about 20 minutes before our flight was supposed to leave. Got it straightened out later but the fam had to temporarily put an insane sum on the credit cards to get us there. Crazy.

    -Booked a flight for the wrong day coming home from Chicago. On the way to the airport I was bitching about how much I hated airports and how they seemed to automatically turn smart people dumb. Hmm. Foreshadowing.

    I have about 300 other stories as well. Thats part of the fun of traveling. All the memories you have, good and bad!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write April 13, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Glad you could laugh about the mixup.

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s ironic what you said about France’s socialized health care system? :p

  • Hedda April 13, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Oh, stressing situation- glad it turned out fine (but a tad more expensive :/ ).
    The scenery is so beautiful, and that bed made me kind of want to just be three years old and take a big dive into it.

    Hmm, I have not had any very bad happening to me while traveling. I did get some nasty stomach bug from eating chicken in Lithuania though, haha, and ended up at a hospital where nobody knew English- just Russian and Polish. I remember being a bit stressed because nobody could explain to me what was happening, so I just had to lie there at the hospital for two days. The old female nurses were really cute though, watching me while I ate my soup and toast.

    Last summer I also had an experience which I am so thankful for today. My family were taking the boat from Sweden to Denmark when this girl approached me, wondering if I suffered from anorexia. I freaked out, but had to be honest. Turned out that she was recovering from the same, and it is a rather long story, but that girl really motivated me to get help and we are still in touch today.

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired April 13, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I’m hypoglycemic. Our honeymoon to Hawaii was the first time I have been on a plane over 5 hours since I was probably 5 years old. I had NO idea they only came around with food once, at the beginning of the flight. We ate before we left and needless to say, six hours in I was ready to chew my left arm off. I ended up having to walk to the back of the plane to get a salami sandwich that was warm. I swallowed it in 3 seconds flat. I learned my lesson for sure!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 13, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Hooray for universal healthcare!

  • Bethany April 13, 2010, 4:43 pm

    When traveling in Barcelona my friends and I thought it would be fun to rent a car for road trips because it would be cheap if the 4 of us split it and were going to be there a week. We had some trouble finding parking and were finally able to find parking really really far away from the apartment we were staying in. The next day I went back for the car and thought that I was just in the wrong place, after walking around for half an hour, we realized it just wasn’t there. And then noticed the no parking sign where we had left the car. We went back to meet up with other friends and flagged down some police officers and with my broken English I explained to them what happened and they found our car. We had to pay waaay more money that we didn’t have to get it back. Ended up being way more expensive than we hoped.

    • Bethany April 13, 2010, 4:44 pm

      ***broken Spanish

  • Vicki April 13, 2010, 4:43 pm

    That stinks! Glad you managed to get a room, though.

    Before kids I never had any travel issues. After I had kids, it seems like every trip has had some mishap. The worst ever was when my kids and I were flying from Vegas to New York February of 09.

    We had to be up by 5 am to be at the airport. Our first flight went as planned and we were in Pittsburgh by lunch. Then our flight was delayed. Hours later, (with two whiny kids who had gotten up way too early), our flight was canceled. Then we found another flight and waited hours more for it. Then that flight was delayed. Around 10pm we were out on the runway and I relaxed because the kids fell asleep while we were still on the ground. Perfect, right? Nope. After a couple of hours of not going anywhere, they announced that the flight was canceled.

    For anyone that has had to wake up exhausted children, you know what this is like. So I tried to wake them, to little success, finally got them up (they were crying) and nudged them along to get off the plane, carrying a car seat and several carry-ons. I sat them on some chairs next to the desk where I’d be talking to the airline, and they laid down while I waited in line. As I’m waiting in line, I hear, “Hey, who’s kid is that throwing up?!” Umm, that would be mine. At this point, I seriously considered crying. I got her cleaned up, got to the desk (it was past 1 am by this point)booked a flight for the following day, was told there were shuttles outside to take me to a hotel and told “We’re not responsible for covering it and no you may not have your luggage.” Did I mention our coats were packed and it was snowing heavily? Outside we waited for the shuttle, under dressed in the snow, took the shuttle to a frightening hotel (seriously, scary) waited in line forever, had a 3 am snack at the vending machine and fell asleep. Then we got up a few hours later to fly to NY, smelling like vomit because of the no-luggage thing, and flew there without more than a minor delay. Getting there, our luggage was lost. Then they found it and brought it to us the next day. It was broken.

    Worst. Trip. Ever.

    • Vicki April 13, 2010, 4:47 pm

      Uhh…sorry so long. I think I got caught up in the memories! LOL

  • Julie April 13, 2010, 4:48 pm

    My craziest traveling story is from Costa Rica, when my cousin and I were on a bus winding through the mountains going across the country. We were about 30 minutes from the town we were going to when we felt a bump and heard a dog barking. It was dark and pouring out, and tears immediately came to my eyes. I thought we had run over a dog (there are stray doggies everywhere, it’s so sad)….but it turns out we ran over a person! We hit a guy on his bike, who had a dog. I don’t speak Spanish so I couldn’t understand what everyone was saying. We ended up staying parked for over an hour. I’m not sure if the man lived.

  • Amanda (The Beautiful Army) April 13, 2010, 4:54 pm

    That hotel is AWESOME! My craziest traveling story.. hasn’t happened. We (finally) booked a hotel for my cousin’s communion. It has 2 beds and no pool πŸ™ I have to share with my brother πŸ™ I get to see my adorable little cousins!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Jaclyn April 13, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Love French culture, ha!

    Ah crazy travel adventures have frequented me, too. All the better for story telling though, no? Those crazy/annoying/unexpected things that come up are what make life interesting even if temporarily annoying and they are what actually give us those adventure stories! πŸ˜‰

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters April 13, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Your Paris travel story sounds INTENSE!

    I have a lot of relatively crazy travel stories, but my most recent was only last month and all of my own doing. I met some friends in Las Vegas for the first round of the NCAA tourney. We had been there for five days and I had been really good, not drinking much or gambling at all. The last night we were there I decided to let it all loose and have fun! (Fun for me in Vegas = gigantic frozen drinks. You can see where this story is going…) The last thing I remember from Vegas is being at a fun blackjack table on a hot streak and doing (multiple?) shots with my tablemates. Yeah. The next thing I remember is being in the McDonald’s at the Denver airport. I don’t remember packing my suitcase, going to the airport, the first flight of my trip, NOTHING. It was like I took a 12 hour nap and woke up with a Sausage McMuffin in my hand. I’ve learned my lesson: do not wait until the last day before an early morning flight to have your fun! Ha.

    The funniest thing about this story? I somehow, in my drunken haze, managed to search out that week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly in the Las Vegas airport (which had a letter I wrote in it), take a picture of my letter, and text it to my friends. Narcissism knows no drunken bounds! πŸ˜‰

    • Anne P April 14, 2010, 2:03 pm

      LOL! This is sooo amazing. Just had to comment!

      • Carrie @ I See Monsters April 14, 2010, 6:25 pm

        Ha – thanks, Anne. It is amazing now in retrospect. It was not amazing to have a wicked hangover on my second flight. No. More. Giant. Frozen. Drinks. πŸ˜‰

  • Kelli April 13, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I grew up very close to Williamsport!! If you are looking for a good place to eat tonight, I recommend the Bull Frog Brewery!!!

  • Kath April 13, 2010, 5:07 pm

    So curious which food blogs she was writing about!

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 5:09 pm

      i told her about yours πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Miss Chubby Hubby.com April 13, 2010, 5:11 pm

    I’m so jealous that you’re in Williamsport! Odd I know. I went to PSU undergrad so I know how beautiful it is out there.

    I’m racking my brain to think of some scary travel story, but I’ve got nothing! Lucky for me my travel has been relatively pleasant. πŸ™‚

  • Ellen April 13, 2010, 5:18 pm

    Good ol’ Harrisburg! I went there on an assignment when I was a stalkerazzi/tabloid reporter. Plenty of crazy things happened on that trip, but recalling them all now is kind of making my head hurt!

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 13, 2010, 5:58 pm

    oh no re booking the wrong night! That is TOTALLY something that I would do!!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 13, 2010, 5:59 pm

    That is an insane travel story in Paris!

    I’ve had a few disaster trips. One where my parents accidently book plane tickets out of Hawaii for the kids on night, and the parents the next. So we had to stay another night, and instead of getting my braces off the day after we were *supposed* to get back, I had to wait another two months! I was one cranky 13 year old πŸ™‚

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 6:04 pm

      ahhh!

  • ari April 13, 2010, 6:18 pm

    omg that’s a terrible story!

    one time when i was in paris with my family, we were on the subway (i forget what they call it there) and my mom got pick-pocketed. they stole our passports and about $500 in travelers checks and cash. we were stuck in paris for another two or three days, which i guess i can’t really complain about ;).

  • Julia @ British Bride April 13, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Loving the upgraded car and upgraded room! If it makes you feel any better I once dis the same thing in greece, but decided to sleep on the beach… Waking up in 40 degree heat, blistering sunburn and no watch (stolen!!) is not a good look!! Thankfully my rolex was a BAD fake!! That was back in my student days when upgrading was not an option!!

    Julia x

  • Sara G. April 13, 2010, 6:36 pm

    Yeah; despite there being nothing to do in the Williamsport area, it is really pretty! I live about half an hour or so away. I’m going to college at U Tampa next year, so it will be quite a change!

    Have you seen the Wegman’s in Williamsport? They have a pretty decent organic/health foods section. Definitely go there if you get the chance. There’s a mall pretty close too hahhha.

  • Carly @ carlysharec.com April 13, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Nothing terrible, but on a flight once I got pinned between the window seat and a woman who was 400 pounds if she was a pound. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it was very hot on the plane and being pinned in made things even hotter. I’m claustrophobic and prone to anxiety attacks, so the feeling of not being able to go anywhere was really getting to me. Then she whipped out a huge bag of Cheetoes, and the smell from that made me even more nauseous. Then, after eating the ENTIRE BAG (seriously), she mentioned how sick she was feeling and began dry heaving. I’m the type of person that gets sick if someone even mentions they don’t feel well, so I spent the entire descent swallowing back the rising bile. It was bad at the time, but nothing awful.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 13, 2010, 7:36 pm

    That is crazy! The best thing that ever happened was my husband and I snuck into first class on our flight to Europe and scored 2 empty seats…it was so fun and I felt like such a rebel! πŸ™‚

  • Alyssa April 13, 2010, 7:49 pm

    It hardly compares to your story, but here’s mine:

    I was in middle school and my family and I were flying to Montana for vacation. We were flying right over the Rockies in the middle of a big thunderstorm, you could even see the green flash of lightening outside the windows. The last hour of the flight was straight, hard-core turbulence with tons of air pockets. My mom was next to the window and I was in the middle seat. I felt like I was going to get sick, so I reached for the bag they put in front of seats. Someone stuck GUM in my bag so it wouldn’t open! So I took my mom’s: I threw up twice during the flight. The second time I threw up the flight attendants wouldn’t take my puke bag to throw away because they said they weren’t supposed to be walking up and down the aisles because of the turbulence. So why the hell did they get up to come and tell us that if they wouldn’t even take my puke bag away with them?! Definitely the worst flight ever. I felt really bad for the lady sitting next to me (who also happened to have a big box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls with her), but she kindly gave me an un-opened bottle of water she had with her.

    Good luck with the presentation!!! πŸ™‚

  • Sana April 13, 2010, 7:50 pm

    Enjoy your sweet room and ride!

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle April 13, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Oopsie, well at least you found a room I guess. Nothing too crazy on my trips, just ran out of money when I was in Italy, luckily I had a ticket that could easily be changed. Took a train to Paris and flew my poor ass outta there!

  • Karla April 13, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Ugh I fainted on a plane in January! It sucked! I didn’t get taken to the emergency room, it just turned out super embarrassing!

  • Jenny April 13, 2010, 9:14 pm

    A fairly healthy vegetarian meal you can find almost anywhere is the kids grilled cheese meal at Sonic. You can get apple slices with it, and milk or juice to drink. It’s my favorite on the road meal.

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 10:23 pm

      that is a great tip!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) April 13, 2010, 9:16 pm

    thats crazy about what happened to you going to spain!
    on my honeymoon in disneyworld, my husband got really sick and the concierge had to call 911 ad the paramedics came to the room! then the manager had to go down and unlock the store so i could buy medicine for him, at 11 at night!

  • Gloria April 13, 2010, 10:23 pm

    Whoa, nice car… and I feel your pain with getting sick on a flight! A few years ago I flew to Beijing to visit a friend of mine on a whim and on the way back I started to feel the effects of food poisoning. I had a horrible pain in my stomach for about an hour and then all of a sudden I just knew what was coming and I RAN to the bathroom as fast as I could…I just about got the door open before I simultaneously started vomiting and crapping myself (very ladylike, I assure you.)I was flipping out because 1) I was alone, and 2) I just ruined the only set of clothing I had with me for the remaining 10 hours of the flight! The flight attendants gave me a washcloth and seltzer water and I “cleaned” up a bit and wrapped myself in an airline blanket! I must have looked so attractive walking around the Newark airport when we landed. Worst experience to go through at the time, but now it makes a fun story πŸ™‚

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 13, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I’m glad you found a room. Otherwise that car might have had to double as a bed! That is a crazy story about going to Paris too, sooo awesome that you didn’t have to pay for the medical expenses!

    I got sick on a school trip to Europe. In London, we were all supposed to go on this tour and meet at McDonald’s for a free lunch. Well my group got there late and the group leading anyone who wasn’t feeling well back to the hotel was ready to leave. So I had to grab some some food and a drink, place it all in a bag and go.

    I got to the hotel and the only food I had available to me was the McDonald’s which was soaked in Sprite. Not food you want to eat in general, and then soaked in Sprite? Ugh. (Oh and my tongue had turned black from the Pepto I was drinking like it was going out of style).

    • caitlin April 13, 2010, 10:24 pm

      hahahahhahaha!!!

  • Liz April 13, 2010, 10:44 pm

    My dad and I were on a flight leaving Ecuador after being on a boat for 3 weeks in Galapagos. We were soooo exhausted! We board the plane in the middle instead of the front (which sometimes is normal). We take off and then land 30 min later when we were supposed to be on a five hour flight. They didn’t tell us what was going on at all. Just had us get off and go through security again and then get back on. Turns out, there were about 25 nuns and 2 cardinals on our flight and for some reason we had to deplane for them? No one ever explained what the heck was going on to us. I just remember bursting into tears from sheer exhaustion.

  • kath April 13, 2010, 11:55 pm

    your paris story sounds like my nightmare! did they ever find out what was wrong with you? food poisoning??

    • caitlin April 14, 2010, 7:08 am

      they thought it was just some sort of intense bacteria. my boyfriend at the time got it too, but a few days before! he was also hospitalized.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) April 14, 2010, 7:48 am

    GORGEOUS scenery and room! I’m glad you just “laughed” off your hotel room error..I would have been on the floor crying ala Mariah Carey style.

  • Helen April 14, 2010, 8:49 am

    Congrats on the presentation. How good is it that so many people turned up….Operation Beautiful is amazing.
    I would have been so gutted if I had booked on the wrong day and prob would have cried!! But the luxury suite looks lush! Amazing bath!

  • Marika April 14, 2010, 9:01 am

    So much fun reading all these travel stories!

    One of the craziest things that’s happened to me while traveling was when I had a ticket for an overnight train from central Italy down to the southern part of the country (the heel of the boot). The train stopped in the town I was living in around 12:30 at night and my friend and I got on, eager to get some sleep, and discovered that the train was completely packed– people sitting and standing everywhere! I had no idea they could overbook an overnight train like that! We staked out a spot at the end of the car and I wedged myself and my backpack into a corner so I wouldn’t fall down while I literally attempted to sleep standing up. It was awful!

  • Anne P April 14, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Jesus that sounds horrendous! My craziest travel experience has to be when I was in Prague and almost got arrested for riding a tram without a pass (mine had expired the DAY before). Czech police came, they were yelling, asking for my passport, etc., and I didn’t actually have a visa yet (it took forever to process) so I was terrified if I showed them my passport I’d get in trouble for that, too! I finally gave it to them when they said “Passport or ::handcuff symbol::” and thankfully I just got a huge fine and they didn’t notice the lack of visa!!!

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