Holiday travel horror stories

17 Dec

A Car Sick Carnival production

Undertaking journeys with small children can be challenging at the best of times.  Add bank holiday traffic, Christmas party hangovers and a surfeit of Quality Street into the mix, and you have the recipe for the kind of memories which will have you waking in a cold sweat at 3am for many years to come.

I try to avoid travelling at Christmas at all costs, but even the shortest of journeys can be potentially disastrous at this time of year.  Particularly memorable was the year when we dressed a two year old Ned as Father Christmas for a visit to my brother, who lives the other side of London.  Ten minutes before we reached our destination, he vomited a large selection of chocolate tree decorations all over his red felt outfit.  Instead of the festively- cute-toddler, lisping ‘Merry Christmas’ scene we’d planned, when his cousins opened the door they were faced by a tiny, wailing, extra from the Casualty Christmas special.

What I’m proposing is this: during the  dark, cold days of January, when the fairy lights and baubles are back in the attic, and the only thing we’ve got to look forward to is the sale of Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, let’s share our Christmas travel horror stories, or indeed any holiday horror stories.  Leave a comment with the link by Monday 11th January, and the Carnival will go live on Tuesday 12th.  Sound like a plan?

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9 Responses to “Holiday travel horror stories”

  1. Mark J Daniels 17/12/2009 at 3:53 pm #

    Seems fair to me…!

  2. Brit In Bosnia 17/12/2009 at 5:13 pm #

    We’re currently looking at a 14 hour drive (14 hours being best possible time) in the snow (so won’t be 14hours) and across 6 separate countries. If we don’t have something to contribute from this particular return journey I will personally eat my plastic Christmas tree.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/12/2009 at 4:18 pm #

      I was about to say ‘yippee, I’ve got my first potential post’, but you are right, there is nothing ‘potential’ about it. I’ll be hearing from you in the New Year.

      • Brit In Bosnia 04/01/2010 at 5:23 pm #

        I could be eating my plastic Christmas tree… no car sickness, no really bad fights, only drama was an announcement of being ‘desperate for a poo’ just as we entered the Mont Blanc tunnel…interesting but not a total disaster. Their version of desperate for a poo is not in fact really desperate but oh, mummy, I quite fancy at some point in the nearish future poo. PHEW!

  3. Liz (LivingwithKids) 02/01/2010 at 4:33 pm #

    When we went to Cologne a couple of Christmases ago (for the Christmas markets and of course the chocolate museum) on the morning we were due to fly back home we discovered that all flights to and from the UK had been grounded due to the heavy fog. Our only option was to take the train. We went from Cologne to Brussels via I don’t know how many places (I’m pretty sure Luxembourg was one of them. It was like inter-railing, only with suitcases instead of backpacks). It cost £500 and took 12 hours and our travel insurance company refused to pay out because they said we could have waited until the next day (Christmas Eve!) and tried to get a flight out then, even though we would have had nowhere to stay. That’s probably our worst journey. But when we were flying from Auckland to Sydney once our plane was hit by lightning. It was the most frightening experience of my life, I honestly thought we were going to drop out of the sky because you could feel the plane sort of shake and then drop suddenly.

  4. Liz (LivingwithKids) 02/01/2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Oops sorry – I have already blogged about the Cologne thing but it wasn’t the main focus of the post x

  5. angelsandurchinsblog 08/01/2010 at 9:09 pm #

    We’ve had amazing holidays with the children, adventurous flits to Marrakech and New Zealand, a road trip around Italy and France, and rainy days punctuated by sunshine on Skye. But Devon… Three years in a row two weeks of rain. Definitely horror stories there a plenty to post about!

  6. Pippa 09/01/2010 at 8:01 am #

    As promised a story about sick…
    http://www.amothersramblings.com/2010/01/its-small-world-after-all-especially-if.html

    I hope Top Ender forgives me when she is older.

  7. Plan B 11/01/2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Victoria – thanks for your comment on mine. Delighted for you to use it. here’s a link if that helps:

    http://isthereaplanb.blogspot.com/2010/01/ba-0085-survivors-tale.html

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