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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tell us your best-slash-worst vacation fail story. Maybe you were mugged, or the camper broke down on a lonely interstate. Did it bring your family closer or force you to have fun in less than desirable circumstances? Give us a call and tell us your story. 

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carly

After being selected to go to Africa to volunteer, I took the packing list seriously and spent months researching the best items - even bug-repellant clothing! My suitcase was packed perfectly to the brim, but unfortunately only made it to the first stop of my two-flight journey. I was sad and angry, but hopped on my flight to Africa with just my backpack and a smile on my face - I knew I'd be helping people with absolutely nothing, and it was a great lesson in letting go of my material 'needs'.

Jul. 02 2014 11:41 PM
Patricia Gandolfini from Midland Park NJ

We went to Lake George camping at Roger's Rock state campground. Our old van, towing our boat the whole way from north Jersey, began to make ugly sounds. Right after we got to the campsite, the van broke down completely and was towed to a mechanic.

Our tent, which was not checked before we left, began to leak during a heavy rain the first night. Since we had to take everything out of the van we needed instead of using it as a "closet", it was all in the tent, all getting wet.

A couple of days later my husband needed a root canal and we found a dentist in town. Then the blow-up bed lost all its air and we had to replace it.

On the way home the van broke down again right on the NY State/NJ line. We were hardly speaking by then. Then when we got home my husband's ex-wife and husband were swimming in our pool. (long story) Just wanted to scream at anyone and everyone by then.

Jul. 02 2014 07:25 PM
Patricia Gandolfini from Midland Park NJ

We went to Lake George camping at Roger's Rock state campground. Our old van, towing our boat the whole way from north Jersey, began to make ugly sounds. Right after we got to the campsite, the van broke down completely and was towed to a mechanic.

Our tent, which was not checked before we left, began to leak during a heavy rain the first night. Since we had to take everything out of the van we needed instead of using it as a "closet", it was all in the tent, all getting wet.

A couple of days later my husband needed a root canal and we found a dentist in town. Then the blow-up bed lost all its air and we had to replace it.

On the way home the van broke down again right on the NY State/NJ line. We were hardly speaking by then. Then when we got home my husband's ex-wife and husband were swimming in our pool. (long story) Just wanted to scream at anyone and everyone by then.

Jul. 02 2014 07:23 PM
RCT from New York City

Worst/Best Trip: to Cayman Islands, 2003 or 2004. My husband, 13 year-old son and I are at LaGuardia, on line for Delta luggage check. At luggage check -- after an hour on line, and 15 minutes before take-off, I hand clerk our three passports. After a short wait, she tells me that she has only TWO passports -- my husband's is missing. I know that I gave her three. We argue. He is told that he cannot board the plane. He insists that our son and I board: he'll figure it out.

We leave him behind. I am weeping. There is a terrorist "orange alert" -- hard to get a replacement passport on short notice -- and blizzard is about to hit NYC (27 inches). How will he get out? Will we have a vacation?

My son and I arrive on Grand Cayman after changing planes in Atlanta. 15 minutes later, it is clear that our baggage has been lost. I am now hysterical. My husband is in NYC w/o a passport, with a storm on the way; my baggage is god knows where; I am in the Cayman Islands.

Delta is USELESS. The Cayman Islands Airlines clerk (I love you, where ever you are), a mother, comforts me and swears that she will find my luggage. We take a jitney to the Grand Hyatt.

Then our luck turns. Our dinky one-room reservation has been upgraded to a 3-bedroom suite on the canal. (I am so nuts that I don't realize what the clerk is telling me: "You WANT this, Mrs. T," she says, nodding, holding out a pen for me to sign the form.)

Delta finds my husband's passport behind the luggage clerk's computer, where she'd inadvertently dropped it. He is flown first class to Grand Cayman, on American Airlines. He beats the storm.

The Cayman Airlines clerk finds my luggage -- somewhere in Florida. It arrives at 1 a.m. the next morning.

We have a great time. We don't fly Delta again until 2014.

Jul. 02 2014 12:00 PM
Alicia

A caller mentioned the word, "Gypsy" when talking about being robbed in Paris. Brian said, "...I think you meant figuratively..." But I wanted clarification. Did the caller actually mean "Gypsy?" This is a term that is used for the people whose descendants from South Asia and other parts of Europe. I believe that these people are actually called "Gypsies" in other parts of the world. Just really curious...

Jul. 02 2014 11:52 AM
Tony from Canarsie

The World Cup, Brian? But surely you must know that according to Fox News' Keith Ablow the World Cup was created in 1930 as a distraction from Benghazi.

Interesting segments today btw.

Jul. 02 2014 11:50 AM
José from Queens

Nice going Brian. So far you've had an airhead referring in the most abhorrent way to the Global South, another guy talk about "The Gypsies" and "Bedouins" in clearly racist (not figurative) way. WTF?

Please abort this section soon.

Jul. 02 2014 11:47 AM
Stephen from Prospect Heights

Almost every trip is a failure. I think the the travel industry has been incredibly successful at convincing us that vacation is spectacular. Yes, spectacle meaning all is imaginary and not real because my trips, unless one is incredibly wealthy, are plagued by hardships of affordability, exposure to the quotidian hardships that most folks experience and existential despair of breaking out of routine and losing myopic distractions.

Jul. 02 2014 11:41 AM
Carlos from Brooklyn

Abigail on the Phone

You remind me of the type of obnoxious, vapid American tourist that I try to stay away from when I'm outside the US.

Please don't travel to "Third World countries" anymore. I think they're the ones who can't take you anymore. :P=====%

Jul. 02 2014 11:41 AM
Joseph Matusiak from Yonkers

My father, who is an Eastern Orthodox Priest, together with my mother, lead trips of Orthodox Faithful to the USSR beginning in 1978 through 1992. Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev; the trip was the same each year, and it was our only family vacation, as with every group of 10 participants we got one free ticket. Over the years there were plenty of good stories, but the tops:

You haven't really traveled until: your father gets the Aeroflot pilots drunk so that they can't take off three hours before schedule and cause the group of 60+ pilgrims to miss their flight as they were visiting a castle in Shannon, Ireland on what was to be a 6 hour layover!

Jul. 02 2014 10:14 AM

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