Laughs & Lessons: 13 Female Solo Travellers Reveal Their Funniest Stories.
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Getting A Lift. “I’m from NYC, so driving isn’t exactly second nature, which I was reminded of during a solo trip to Guadeloupe. One morning, as I was driving on a main highway, I spotted a lovely view that I wanted to get closer to. I turned off the highway, but as I got closer there was a big sign warning not to drive further as it was private property – a bummer, but really no big deal. That is, until I was turning around to get back to the highway, and backed right into a (pretty obvious) ditch. I had no working cell phone, but reminded myself not to panic. I toyed with the idea of walking to the highway and trying to flag someone down, but then realised there were three men working the land on the private property, who looked strong enough to lift the back of the car. I wasn’t entirely sure what lifting a car out of a ditch entailed, but I ran over to them and began sharing my story. They looked confused, and I remembered they spoke French, a language in which I can only say ‘bonjour’ with a terrible accent. And so, a game of enthusiastic charades began, as I fell to the ground trying to act like a car tipping backward. They definitely thought I had lost it until they eventually saw the car itself in the ditch – as in, I could have just saved the bad acting and pointed to the problem. Long story short, the men helped me, and in no time I was back on the road, albeit now more cautiously. For me, this was a beautiful lesson in the kindness of strangers.” – Jessie Festa of Jessie on a Journey