1. The man who x-rayed himself
Ah, border crossings. A bit boring once you’ve done enough of them, but bewildering the first time you try.
Spare a thought, then, for this man attempting to cross the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although he’s asked to put his bag through the x-ray machine, he seems to misunderstand and ends up putting his whole body through the scanner – much to the surprise of security staff on the other side.
2. The woman who photoshopped herself to China
Kenyan travel fan Sevelyn Gat became an internet sensation back in March 2016 when badly photoshopped images of her “travelling” began attracting thousands of likes on Facebook. Unable to afford a trip to Asia, she’d superimposed herself onto images of famous Chinese sights like the Great Wall – with hilarious consequences.
Sevelyn had the last laugh, though; a sympathetic Kenyan businessman later decided to fund her real-life trip to China.
3. The passenger with a 47 year layover
When James Lloyd wanted to get from Christchurch, New Zealand to London, England, he turned to the travel search engine Skyscanner.
He was shocked when the site suggested a layover of more than 413,000 hours (47 years) in Bangkok. He contacted Skyscanner to ask what they thought he should do during this extremely long wait, only for their cool-as social media team to reply with a whole bunch of suggestions for things to do, including taking “a cruise on the Chao Phraya river” and becoming “a Tai Chi expert in Lumpini Park”.
4. The tourist who accidentally applied for asylum
On a more serious note: losing your wallet is one thing, but accidentally applying for asylum and ending up trapped in Germany is quite another.
According to The Guardian, that’s exactly happened to a Chinese tourist who was robbed in Stuttgart and then tried to file a police report – only to unwittingly sign an asylum application and spend 12 days stuck at a refugee centre. His ordeal apparently came to an end when desperate authorities – unable to understand the tourist’s native Mandarin – turned to a local Chinese restaurant for help.