Strange Headlines in Travel News
Last week was a bizarre one for travel-related news. In India, a pregnant woman on a train thought she was making a routine bathroom visit and instead gave premature birth to a babylet who fell through the toilet and onto the train tracks–and the baby survived. In Egypt, a study-abroad student lost one-third of his body weight after boarding with a host family who, allegedly, didn’t give him enough to eat during his stay. And, tragically, in the waters off the Bahamas, an Australian tourist was fatally bitten by a shark during an encounter in which bloody fish parts were used to attract the predators to tourists who shelled out the big bucks for a cageless dive.
Travel tends to up ante for strangeness. And, as Cameron wrote in a previous post, strange travel experiences tend to be more memorable than just regular-old life experiences that are strange.
If I was going to write travel headlines for some of my strangest experiences on the road, they might read something like this:
Mighty Mouse Impersonator Serenades Quiet Beach Community
Matthew Perry Sighting at Resort Pool a Case of Mistaken Identity
Jingle-Bell Horse Escapes, Terrorizes Backcountry Campers
“Tushi” Brand Toilet Paper Sends Jetlagged Tourists Into Hysterics
What strange travel headlines have you made over the years?
My name: Rachel Berg.
Favorite way to get around: By Venetian gondola during starlit high tide, gliding past decaying and slightly spooky palaces, with perhaps a bottle of prosecco placed between the gondola seat cushions.
View that took my breath away: Unable to sleep in the mystical city of Sfat in Israel, I wandered outdoors predawn and was treated to a purple-on-purple sunrise below the mountaintop that seemed to emerge feet-first through ground-level clouds.
Greatest travel lesson learned: Sunny weather isn't everything. Some of my best travel memories involve go-karting through a deluge turned mud-fest in Mexico, drinking tea in the cold Denali tundra, and watching electric thunderstorms roll through national parks out West.
Most challenging travel moment: Getting leveled by altitude sickness in Cuzco and realizing that my body was forcing me to slow down and rest despite the fact that there was so much to do and see.
Travel ambition: To see the northern lights.