Horrifying True Tales From Travelers That Will Make You Want to Stay Home

Traveling is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do … until it isn’t. Not every trip is perfect, but sometimes dream vacations turn into all-out nightmares. And even when you double check your itinerary and follow every travel tip you hear from experts, things can go wrong.

From missed flights to bedbugs and bodies (yes, bodies), these are a few of the most horrifying tales from travelers.

The Airbnb with the uninvited guest

House and garden at night

They made a frightening discovery. | detcreative/iStock/Getty Images

A group of friends reserved an Airbnb in the French countryside south of Paris, intending to have a party. Instead, they discovered a dead body in the garden — a woman covered in branches with a large diamond ring on, decomposing. The authorities were called and the party was over.

The wrong train in a foreign country

High-speed train on the Gotthard railway

A horrifying experience multiplies ten fold. | railelectropower/iStock/Getty Images

Traveler Hannah was taking the train to Austria with some friends, and she fell asleep on a night train in a different carriage than the rest of her party. She awoke to a strange man rubbing her bare feet on his crotch, and believe it or not, that wasn’t even the worst part. The conductor told her that her friends were on a train to Austria, but she had managed to get on the part that was going to Bratislava. She was stuck in Bratislava with no shoes, money or phone until a couple took pity on her and helped her get a train back to Austria.

 Where’s Grandma?

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Grandma ended up in Moscow somehow. | Mimadeo/iStock/Getty Images

About 20 years ago, The Guardian user hert1883’s grandmother, who was in her 70s and spoke no English, made the trip from China to join her family in the UK. When the family went to the airport to get Grandma, they noticed her flight was labeled “delayed.” When the flight disappeared from the lineup entirely, they found out that the plane had been held up somewhere. Luckily, the Chinese Embassy provided them with accommodations while they waited, panicked, not knowing what was going on.

Luckily, Grandma showed up three days later, happy and healthy. She never did know exactly what had happened or where she had been, but she said she’d had a nice time and had made a friend. A few months later, the family received a letter from said friend … with a photo of Grandma standing in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

The case of the 29 hour delay

The delayed flight from your nightmares. | iStock/Getty Images

All Diesel wanted was to fly from Little Rock to New Orleans by way of DFW. Due to a moderate thunderstorm in Dallas, his flight was delayed … six times. He finally boarded at 11:30 PM, promptly hitting the thunderstorm and being slammed with the worst turbulence ever. When he finally landed, he realized there was no connecting flight until 11 AM the next day.

After spending the night in a subpar hotel, Diesel returned to the airport the next morning ready to fly to New Orleans. Faced with another five hour delay, he finally landed in New Orleans at 5:15 PM. What would have been a seven hour drive was officially a 29 hour ordeal.

Another Airbnb nightmare

Apple iPhone 6s plus with Airbnb application on the screen.

He got a pretty bad review after that no doubt. | OhmZ/iStock/Getty Images

Maria and her sister had used Airbnb before, so they knew to be careful about choosing a host. Apparently they weren’t careful enough when they needed a quick place to spend the night, though, because they woke up to their drunk host standing over them. Luckily, they got out before anything terrible happened.

 Bed bugs for days

Bed Bug Fear

The hotel should have been horrified by the discovery. | wildpixel/iStock/Getty Images

When Kerrie and Callum Stewart took a trip to Vancouver, B.C. with their daughter over the summer, they arrived at their hotel exhausted and ready for bed. When they woke up the next morning, there were blood streaks on their bed, and their daughter’s arms were itchy. They soon discovered the room was full of bed bugs, and all three of them were covered in bites that eventually became infected. The hotel management was less than cooperative, unfortunately.

“Stolen” glasses

Security control point at the Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla

A scary situation all because of a misunderstanding. | paulprescott72/iStock/Getty Images

The Guardian user solentview was passing through the Bilbao Airport in Spain when he was called back through the security line. He had accidentally grabbed a pair of magnifying glasses that belonged to someone else. Despite the fact that it was an honest mistake, three police officers were called over and were pointing at him and gesturing. Solentview doesn’t speak Spanish, so he had no idea what was happening.

Fortunately, the German man whose glasses he’d taken did speak Spanish (and English), and he accepted solentview’s red-faced apology and explained the situation to the police officers. The language barrier could have made the situation much worse.

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