Within 2 Hours of Landing in Italy…

Posted By Trav


It’s not “the more you travel, the better you get at it” it’s the sloppier you get!

Jason’s infamous words when we told him of our recent slew of travel mishaps.

And boy was he right.

Within 2 hours of landing in Italy, if it could go wrong, it did. And the worst part was, most of it could have been avoided!

Today Heather joins me while we recount our experience of our first hours in Italy, and hopefully remind everyone, and especially ourselves, that no one is exempt from “silly” travel mistakes.

But something good comes out of every experience, and what would travel be without some ridiculous mishaps?

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In This Episode:

  • Tales of motion sickness
  • Rental car woes
  • International Drivers Licenses.
  • Disappearing iPhones.
  • Naptime in a Fiat Panda.
  • Expensive cars with crazy license plates.
  • Sometime good comes out of every experience.

and much more!

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  1. travelisfree says:

    First, let me say, some of this doesn’t sound like your fault. What is this BS about a voucher and all that? I book a car, I show up, I drive away. I never have paper (unless I fly RyanAir), and it’s always fine. And Carrie said, “I’ve always thought, being sick while flying would be the worst.”

    Also, I get worst with time. I don’t check my flight times, I just operate on auto. Sometimes it comes back to bite me, but way worth it to me not to spend the time worrying about details and the time it takes to research every detail that people do when they travel. I just show up. And it works except that time I didn’t know we need vaccines. oops.

    1. Trav says:

      @travelisfree- Well it’s good to know that other “pros” out there are slipping the more they travel too! Agreed that the voucher thing wasn’t totally my fault, and who needs an International Driver’s License anyway? Out of 13 rental car companies at Milan airport, only 1 needed them? Seems strange, and I’m doubting that’s why Goldcar’s prices are 1/2 what everyone else’s is. It’s just a piece of paper!

      No vaccines? That sounds like a story worth telling…I’ve yet to ever get a shot no matter what country I’m going to, so maybe I’m naive, stupid, lucky, or all 3!

      1. travelisfree says:

        I’m thinking we’re both all 3. :-D

        1. Trav says:

          @travelisfree- No doubt!

  2. Roser says:

    I quit my job a month ago to finally start travelling (this year slowly, just a few countries in Europe, next year around the world), and now that we’re in Italy planning to visit some friends in Florence next weekend, I remembered this podcast, the ice-cream and sandwiches you mentioned… I can’t wait to go try them!! :)

    1. Trav says:

      @Roser- Congratulations! Let us know how it goes, and keep us in the loop. It’s amazing to see someone else taking the plunge. In Florence, you’ve got to try Gelateria de’ Neri and La Carraia for ice cream and Al’Antico is a must for sandwiches. I’d add one more too: Head to Trattoria Mario for a true Italian lunch!

  3. Roser says:

    Awesome, thanks Travis, will surely check those out! By the way, I started to listen to the episode about relationships while running this morning, very funny and interesting!

    1. Trav says:

      @Roser- So glad you liked it…it was super fun to record!

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