Armchair Travel & Tales of Warning


Here’s a collection of mishaps from the road for the folks who regularly admonish me to write a book.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

May armchair travelers be entertained.
May fellow globetrotters be saved the growing pains of doing it firsthand!

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Bad Decisions: Deadline Races

My nasty habit of over-achieving and endless optimism often join forces just moments before I’m due at events, airports, and train platforms…

people have been known to make a shocked face like this little girls upon hearing budget travel blogger Jema Patterson's travel mishaps

“?! And then what happened?!!!!!”  photo: petra

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The Unexpected

When traversing foreign lands, being up on your game is sometimes impossible.  Just when you think you’ve got everything under control…

"No way. He did what?!" photo: publicdomainpictures

“No way. He did what?!” photo: publicdomainpictures

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Near-Death Experiences Abroad

My radical audacity often leads to incredible experiences.  Like being invited into a Maori marae, getting to join a beekeeping class on harvest day, helping build an earth home in rural Thailand, and amazing hitchhiking throughout the world.

However, that same fearlessness also lands me in dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, situations.  Someday I’ll write up the stories about getting struck by lightning, accidentally rafting a flood-stage-class-five river, ripping my PCL while racing a train on my bike, and saving my boyfriend from smoke-inhalation death.  For now you can read about:

man hiding behind table with scared expression after hearing travel mishap stories told by budget travel blog writer Jema Patterson

“Holy…what?! Oh man, I’d never do that.”  photo: publicdomainpictures

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When Budget Travel Goes Badly

I’m a huge fan of budget travel.  However, it’s not all roses.  Here are a few times a cash-splash would have been nice:

clip art germ to show grossness of travel stories written up by budget travel blogger Jema Patterson

“Even I think that’s gross. And I’m a germ!” photo: ClkerFreeVectorImages

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Hitchhiking Victories

Hitchhiking is a priceless way to meet locals and be part of their lives.  It took a lot of guts to give it a try.  I’m not as worried about being murdered as I am standing on the side of the road for hours being rejected by car after car.  Luckily, that only happened once!   Other than that, all experiences have ranged from fun to freaking fantastic!

colorful hitchhiking thumb like the one budget travel blog writer Jema Patterson uses when she's hitchhiking

Hitchhiking requires a good deal of intuition and street smarts, but is one of my favorite ways to travel! photo: gordon johnson


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