Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Funny Travel Stories

These are apparently true stories from travel agencies, whether they are or not they are funny so I thought I would share them with you.

A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am.  I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of llinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs to who?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I'm overweight, is there any connection?" After putting her on hold for a minute while I "looked into it" (I was actually laughing) I came back and explained the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express."

A woman called to make reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York" The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent: "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the customer. After some searching, the agent came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Hippopotamus anywhere." The customer retorted, "Oh don't be silly. Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal!"

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii.  After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state."

I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said "But they look so close on the map."


  1. Thanks for the laughs! Train to Hawaii- that's a good one. They're probably true, who was asleep in Geography Class? Ha Ha...

  2. I know, I thought that one was pretty bad too. I'm from Canada and even I know that's not possible lol

  3. Wow. I can't believe these people. Thanks for the laughs. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing these! We're booking our Honeymoon soon and this gave us a laugh!

    -Tiffany Rainey with Will Write 4 Food



  5. 0_0

    I mean, I can understand if you're the kind of person who's never really traveled anywhere to not get spacial distances, but some of this is simple geography. I mean, I go through this trying to explain distances to my boyfriend, who is from a small foreign country about the size of some of our states. I can see how the concept of a very large country can confuse if you're not used to it and haven't seen or experienced it for yourself. But seriously folks, for some of this stuff, you have no excuse if you're from here. ...trains to Hawaii...