What do flying celebrities, a speeding cruise ship and a misbehaving monk have in common? Well, other than a collective disregard for authority, they’re all featured in The Most Bizarre Travel Stories of 2011, our collection of stranger-than-fiction happenings that took place this year.
While these tales were crazy enough to make the news in 2011, there are undoubtedly untold weird and wild adventures lurking in the memory banks of most travelers. And now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to purge. We want to hear your battiest travel tales! What happened to you during your travels that was unexpected, unexplained or unbelievable?
We’ll go first. You may have heard about the Airbnb debacle that took place earlier this year when a savage renter ransacked the San Francisco home of an Airbnb host. Well, Sarah Schlichter, Editor of IndependentTraveler.com, had her own bizarre — albeit somewhat less newsworthy — experience with Airbnb.
When visiting Vancouver, Schlichter stayed in the spare room of a West End condo along with her host and another guest. On the second night of Schlichter’s stay, an argument erupted over toilet paper — and let’s just say the stay didn’t end well for all parties involved. Read the whole wacky story here.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us about the most bizarre thing that happened to you while traveling this year and you could win a prize. Post your comment by 11:59 Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 3. We’ll pick one commenter to receive a set of packing cubes and a pair of SuperSmartTag luggage tags.
– written by Caroline Costello