It’s unavoidable that when you travel things will go wrong. Sometimes things go really wrong. Other times, things happen that are clearly not the end of the world, but still make you think, “Aw, man!”
Here’s a quick list of a few of those “Aw, man!” moments I experienced in the first three weeks of my South America trip.
The backpack – My backpack has this really wonderful pocket in the top flap. I love to use it to keep small things I might need to grab quickly later — guidebook pages, alarm clock, etc. — or things I need to keep separated, such as a still-damp towel. Apparently I loved and used this pocket a bit too much, and one night in Salta when I was zipping it closed, the entire zipper part came out of the fabric. The pocket now has a gaping hole where half the zipper used to be sewn in and is thus unusable. It was quite a sad day.
(To my Gregory Jade backpack’s credit, it had already lasted a couple years of being dragged across Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia.) (more…)