Sometimes life hands you a lifetime opportunity to trip to Bhutan (Yay!) and sometimes it throws you off the trekking trail while descending a rain-slicked path (Hell!).
Travel isn’t always rainbows and gorgeous skies!
But we are not ashamed to admit that we make mistakes, particularly while traveling! 😀 After all, to err is human! And mistakes lead to learning.
As much as couple travel bloggers wish to present the world of travel blogging as a multicolor path of beauty and love, and ultimate experiences, the truth is, shit happens! And it happens when you are least expecting it.
So we finally decided to write about the blunders we made while planning and vacationing in Bhutan and guys! we are no more reticent about it.
1. Booking Tickets for Bhutan Far in Advance
We got a bit carried away while booking our airlines for Bhutan and left little room for a change of plans. And as luck would have it, we booked ourselves for the wrong return date. So with a little leeway for spur of the moment decisions, we had to cancel our flight tickets and bear a huge cost for re-bookings.
So while it’s always good to be smart and save a little more by booking well ahead of travel date – sometimes wise planning and great planning can also leave you in an unpleasant situation.
We don’t regret this one though, we had a lot of fun on this particular trip! 🙂
2. Packing Woes
Usually, travelers have issues with overpacking stuff and carrying along things they do not need on a holiday. But with us – it’s kinda opposite! We are not extremely cautious while packing clothes and that’s one reason we always reach in places with extremely cold climatic conditions without woolens. :-/
Not once or twice, this was the third time that we forgot to pack in our woolies when it was still a bit cold in Bhutan!
I cannot forget the day we started our road trip to Bhutan and started feeling the chills. So when we unpacked our bags and found a series of dresses and t-shirts, both of us could do nothing except for laugh at our stupidity.
3. Not Carrying Rain Gear Intentionally (Such big fools)!
We truly loathe ourselves for the moment we both got a wee bit over smart and intentionally planned to leave behind our rain gear in our rented car on the day we had to hike the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan.
It was one time in our lives when we felt helpless as hell and couldn’t stop swearing for our stupid mistake. Obviously, it rained while we were descending down the trail and we couldn’t stop tripping over and again, only to be rescued by the local Bhutanese fellow people.
You can read about our slippery Tiger’s Nest trekking experience, here.
4. Not Making Prior Booking for a Hotel (On the Day of Indian Festivity)
That landed us into a hotel that was more of a jail!
Trust me, it’s not like we have prepared our bodies just for luxury traveling, we’ve had our share of stays in 2 and 3-star hotels which were equipped with at least the basic amenities. But this one was sheer bad luck or may be a lesson which we’d never forget.
We reached Phuentsholing late night with the only motive to check back into the hotel we had checked in at the beginning of our trip to Bhutan. (What we were hoping to be lucky again!) And there hit the tragedy!
The hotel was totally packed, and not just that hotel, each and every single hotel in the area, or may be within the radius of 10kms (that much we must have walked on foot to look for a hotel) were totally booked.
Traveling in India for a solo traveler or a couple is equally challenging, and must add, it’s a bit unsafe as well. And being homeless, at almost 9 in the evening on Delhi streets is definitely not something you would ever want to do.
So eventually our last resort was to call the driver we had booked for next morning, the very same night, on a short notice (our luck he was around) to take us outside the Jaigaon area and help us look for another hotel.
We did manage to find a room in a motel but the unpleasant conditions (for e.g. twittering of an unknown insect throughout the night, smelly towels, etc.) kept us awake almost the entire night. What a waste!
So no more landing in unknown places without pre-booking hotels just to save a few bucks!
5. Not Wearing Appropriate Clothes to Tiger’s Nest Bhutan
Last but the most idiotic mistake we made on our Bhutan trip was not wearing appropriate clothes to the most sacred monastery – Tiger’s Nest. And this too when we knew that monasteries have a stricter dress code, and one has to dress up demurely!
Harsh perhaps wore knee-length capris, which prohibited him entry to the monastery (yes after trekking so much and then even climbing 800 steps). Though I got an entry but he’ll always remain disappointed about not making inside the monastery.
The bottomline, you need long pants and decent shirts for such religious places! Period!
The crux is, Albert Einstein truly said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,” And as travel bloggers, we couldn’t agree more! And now even you know why! 😉
Step upon your travel mistakes and try to live with them! Just chill and take a deep breath. And remember you are not alone! There’s a reason we all love to travel? To push our comfort zones and see beyond the proverbial box!
Have you made any travel mistake (s) that you are too shy to share? Leave us a comment!