Archive for the 'Funny Story' Category

Funny Travel Bronze Winner: Somewhere Under the Florentine Moon

Monday, October 10th, 2016

By Pamela Wright
What’s the Italian word for cougar?
I wasn’t overly concerned when I heard the shouting start in the apartment next door. I’d neglected to learn more than a few pleasantries in Italian before leaving Atlanta for Florence, so I was unable to decipher so much as the rudiments of the argument. I stopped unpacking [...]

Funny Travel Winner: Free Willy

Monday, May 16th, 2016

By Tina Koenig
What did Michelangelo know about David?
My husband Michael is the Goldilocks of travel. A window seat is too claustrophobic. Coach does not have enough legroom. First class is too expensive.
There are two ways to get Michael on an airplane. Book him on a flight that is less than three hours, or tell him [...]

Funny Travels Bronze Winner: L’Epiphanie

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Dominick Domingo
A Guide to Cultural Egocentrism
If I’d been smart, I would have studied Spanish instead of French. That way, I would have had an endless surplus of busboys and valets with whom to practice. Not to mention the majority of my tricks. Instead I am reduced to eavesdropping on strangers [...]

Funny Travel Solver Winner: Mama Ibeji

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Patricia Dreyfus
Twins: Double Trouble or Twice Blessed
The heart shaped continent, the site of Eden where human life began, Africa, the center of the Earth. As I step from the plane in Lagos, Nigeria, I hear the music of Africa, high and tinkling, beating and throbbing like my pulse. I smell Africa, [...]

Funny Travel Gold Winner: I Had a Passion for the Christ

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Melanie Hamlett
She didn’t realize how long she’d been single until Jesus touched her during the Last Supper.
As fifty other tourists and I entered the cave, a man dressed in a pharaoh’s outfit handed us each a cracker and a teeny-tiny wooden cup of grape juice, which looked like a shot glass from [...]

Funny Travel Gold Winner: Tres Cheap

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Charles Kulander
I travel faster than bad news.  I comb my hair with a plastic salad fork and use a toothbrush handle to stir my instant coffee, flavoring it with Pepsodent. A money pouch hangs inside my pants, and on my wrist is a Timex with a black vinyl strap-not to tell the time but [...]

Funny Travel Silver Winner: Bored Japanese Housewives

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Phil Goldman
“HELP WANTED: FOREIGN MEN NEEDED FOR STRIP CLUB.” I am just desperate enough to reply to this ad. I’m living in Tokyo and I’m broke; I can’t get a steady English teaching gig, or any other form of employment, to save my life. Unfortunately, the days when a native English speaker without any [...]

Funny Travel Bronze Winner: Hot and Cold Cans of God

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Bonnie Morris
Western visitors to Hong Kong, Korea and Japan expect to find teahouses, tea ceremonies, rituals steeped in steeping leaves of tea. But coffee is now a staple of East Asia; in fact, as described in Taylor Clark’s book Starbucked, the world’s largest Starbucks coffeehouse is located in South Korea. And a controversial Starbucks [...]

Funny Story—Gold: Ms. Intolerance and the Middle Aged Virgin

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Dodie Cross
As I set these thoughts to paper, I must tell the reader that I am fine now. In fact, as I write this I realize how lucky I am. However, that was not the case fifteen years ago.
I didn’t make it to the ladies room in time. I’d been playing golf with some [...]

Funny Story—Silver: One of a Thousand Things to Do Before You Die (of Embarassment)

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Melissa Myers
I’ve pounded down a fistful of live termites in Costa Rica, pierced my septum at a Maori tribal ritual in New Zealand, and attempted to ride a cow in Wales. (I don’t recommend the latter.) Ticking off a list of “must sees” isn’t exactly my idea of a good time. This was especially [...]

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