I’d considered myself to be fairly well traveled, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make the occasional travel gaffes. Sometimes I can laugh about it in the moment. Other times, it’s only funny days after the fact.
Earlier this year, I had to make a “last minute” international trip. With little time on my hands, I focused on the essentials: Booking a flight and making a hotel reservation.
All was fine until I tried to check in at the hotel.
When I tried to check in, the hotel clerk couldn’t find my reservation. It can’t be, I thought. I pulled up the reservation email on my phone. A confirmed reservation. Checked. Dates, Checked. The dates are right, but wait – did I book a room for same dates next year?!?!
I tried to book the same room type on the spot, but the clerk quoted me a rate that was nearly doubled what I wanted to pay for a standard room. I stepped away and browsed through my hotel options. Interestingly, I was able to find a much better room type online for just a little more than the quoted rate.
When I got in line again, the clerk wasn’t able to find the same deal. He openly admitted that sometimes the online rate is better and actually suggested that I book it online. Inventory had changed, so I quickly snapped up an executive room which comes with complimentary breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at the lounge.
I wasn’t too worried about not having a place to stay since I knew that the hotel wasn’t sold out (yet). I just didn’t want to pay through the roof for my mistake.
It wasn’t really that funny at the time, but at least I can laugh about it shortly after. Trying to check in a year early to my hotel was probably my worst travel gaffe this year.
So far, anyway.
What travel gaffes have you made this year?