Sometimes things just don’t go as planned or you find yourself in an unexpected situation. We love to travel and we do it often, but that doesn’t mean that our vacations are always picture perfect. When you have kids, there are bound to be a few surprises no matter how prepared you think you are. We are a real family and as such have moments where things go sideways. We wanted to keep things real and document some of our funniest stories and epic travel mishaps that we have encountered along the way!

Siena, Italy (2017)

sitting on a garbage can
Image Credit: Karpiak Caravan.

Can you hold it?!!

In July of 2017, during our vacation in Tuscany, we stopped at a park in the afternoon in Siena. We had spent the day exploring Siena and we stopped at this amazing park on the drive back to our hotel. My son Heath was 3 years old at the time and had to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there were absolutely no bathrooms to be found anywhere in the park or at the gas station nearby. This is what happened! Thank goodness I carry extra bags in my purse so we could take our “evidence” with us to dispose of properly. And thankfully there was no one else at the park to watch this happen!

Sun Peaks, BC (2020)

Let’s try this trail instead!

In July of 2020, during our weekend getaway to Sun Peaks Resort in BC, we embarked on a bike ride from the village of Sun Peaks to Lake McGillivray. We were given directions to follow the wide trail from the village all the way up to the lake which was roughly a 45 minute bike ride. As we passed a trail map ten minutes into our ride, Andrew decided that we should take a “shortcut” to get there faster and off into the trees we went. It was a horrible muddy trail all the way there, the mosquitoes were eating us alive and we ended up going way too far past the lake. The boys and I threw our bikes down and had a meltdown when we discovered just how far we had gone and how long it would take us to get back to the lake. All the while we are getting bitten by mosquitoes and my oldest son Holter was screaming for us to call Search and Rescue!!

mosquitoes on our bike ride
Image Credit: Karpiak Caravan.