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15 Of The Wildest Travel Stories That'll Make You Laugh Or Cry

When you decide to strap on a backpack, you are essentially inviting all kinds of weirdness into your life. Here are Travel Bloggers' wildest, most incredible anecdotes from their time on the road.

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1. Speakeasy & Salsa - A Night Out in Quito

Things went from a few quiet beers after a long bus journey to completely out of hand. A night out can very quickly escalate in the Ecuadorian capital. (click the blue link above to read the full story)
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Things went from a few quiet beers after a long bus journey to completely out of hand. A night out can very quickly escalate in the Ecuadorian capital. (click the blue link above to read the full story)

2. When Things Go Bump In The Night

When you're awoken by a loud noise late at night, whilst on your sailboat, in a strange and foreign port. With your family on-board, you're bound to start freaking out. A classic, award winning travel tale from Janis Couvreax.
Janis Couvreux / Via janiscouvreux.com

When you're awoken by a loud noise late at night, whilst on your sailboat, in a strange and foreign port. With your family on-board, you're bound to start freaking out. A classic, award winning travel tale from Janis Couvreax.

3. That Time a Hippo Attacked Me in South Africa

As a wheelchair adventurer, Cory Lee's access-all-areas travel is an inspiration to millions but it does mean getting out of the way of a Hippo in attack mode is no easy task.
Curb Free with Cory Lee / Via curbfreewithcorylee.com

As a wheelchair adventurer, Cory Lee's access-all-areas travel is an inspiration to millions but it does mean getting out of the way of a Hippo in attack mode is no easy task.

4. Hitting The Wall

When you reluctantly accept a tour to the Great Wall of China from a strange man on the street, then look under the seat in his car and see a giant knife! Stay safe, guys.
Winging The World / Via wingingtheworld.com The Great Wall of China

When you reluctantly accept a tour to the Great Wall of China from a strange man on the street, then look under the seat in his car and see a giant knife! Stay safe, guys.

5. A Girl, a Photo and an Earthquake: An Astonishing Connection Over 20+ Years

The connections that we make as travellers can be profoundly important, to us and those we connect with. What a story.
Whole World Wide Toys / Via wholewideworldtoys.com

The connections that we make as travellers can be profoundly important, to us and those we connect with. What a story.

6. Triple Breakdown Mongolia

Take a trip in a van named “Turquoise Disaster” with a three-pronged breakdown of 1) communication 2) engine and 3) emotions. No one said it would be easy.
Food Fun Travel / Via foodfuntravel.com Not To Travel Mongolia

Take a trip in a van named “Turquoise Disaster” with a three-pronged breakdown of 1) communication 2) engine and 3) emotions. No one said it would be easy.

7. I Was Accused of Being An Islamic State Spy

Crossing borders can sometimes be a bit tricky. But it's kind of an essential component if you're planning to travel. Yikes.
Against The Compass / Via againstthecompass.com

Crossing borders can sometimes be a bit tricky. But it's kind of an essential component if you're planning to travel. Yikes.

8. Stranded In Istanbul During 2016 Military Coup

Imagine, if you opened the curtains in your hotel room, to see tanks rolling down the street? Oh my giddy aunt.
Drifter Planet / Via drifterplanet.com

Imagine, if you opened the curtains in your hotel room, to see tanks rolling down the street? Oh my giddy aunt.

9. Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

You know what they say: "Accident prone? Stay at home". Or you could completely ignore that and get stuck halfway down a waterfall. Totally up to you.
Practical Wanderlust / Via practicalwanderlust.com

You know what they say: "Accident prone? Stay at home". Or you could completely ignore that and get stuck halfway down a waterfall. Totally up to you.

10. Travelling High, Breathing Deep

One backpacker learns that the highest capital city on earth is probably not the best place to contract a lung disease. And getting down is NOT easy.
Resfeber Travel Blog / Via resfebertravelblog.com

One backpacker learns that the highest capital city on earth is probably not the best place to contract a lung disease. And getting down is NOT easy.

11. Hanging With Japanese Mafia Drinking Snake Juice

What's that you say... "The Snake juice and coke mixture was a little too intense, even for a night in The Red Light District of Tokyo". Errr, okay.
Kristopher Pritchard / Photograph: Kristopher Pritchard / Via thebucketlistlifestyle.com

What's that you say... "The Snake juice and coke mixture was a little too intense, even for a night in The Red Light District of Tokyo". Errr, okay.

12. The Time I Shat Myself In A Tibetan Monastery

When you gotta go, you gotta go!
NOMADasaurus / Via nomadasaurus.com Time I Shat Myself In A Tibetan Monastery

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

13. Put Up by a Porn Surfing Policeman

That awkward moment when you ask your host to send an email and there's a bunch of porn videos, playing on his computer.
4 Corners 7 Seas / Via 4corners7seas.com

That awkward moment when you ask your host to send an email and there's a bunch of porn videos, playing on his computer.

14. Petting a Crocodile in Bangladesh

Not sure if this is brave or stupid but that is one hell of a Facebook profile pic.
197 Travel Stamps / Via 197travelstamps.com

Not sure if this is brave or stupid but that is one hell of a Facebook profile pic.

15. Volunteering During The Ebola Crisis

Wow! Just wow!
Two Dusty Travellers / Via twodustytravelers.com

Wow! Just wow!

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