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Tell us about your worst ever journeys! What made them so so bad?

We're talking about any sort of journeys here. Mundane and everyday or exotic and life-changing!

Tell us what made these journeys stick in your mind and don't forget to comment on other people's journeys.

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  1. Charlotte Sloan
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Whenever I am on a train it's either 'I can wait until I get home' or 'oh no I'm going to have to use the train loo..' to pee. The latter being a daunting prospect, I think we all know that.  But one day was more disgusting than most. Busting for the loo, make my shakey way to the loo carriage and find that once the sliding door had opened that the toilet seat is covered in.. piss. Really, dark.. yellow.. piss, ew. I was busting, I had no other choice than to cover my hand in toilet roll...

Charlotte Sloan
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Charlotte Sloan

The first winter I experienced in London after moving from Aust, happened to have the coldest December fortnight in history and that was the fortnight that the buses decided to run extra late, standing out in the freezing cold for long periods day after day made me rethink my idea of moving over here. That's when I discovered that London buses are scared and that is why they travel in packs.

Cam Birch
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Waiting for a specific bus is one of the most annoying things I have to do. My nearest bus stop serves 4 different routes. You would think this is great, but not when the bus you need isn't turning up, whilst the other routes are frequently passing you by.  I waited an hour and a half for an Arriva bus, in the winter rain. I can understand that they can be late, but if they are running that late I would hope they would try to put some more services on to fill the gap.  Not only did the...

Charlotte Sloan
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i was in 5th grade my parents decided take a surprise vacation. we went to atlanta to see 6flags and the day of 6 flags right before we when to leave to go to the park my aunt called with terrible news... my little cousin had died in a fire.. he was only 4 years old. we packed up our stuff and headed to the beach where he lived... on the way there his favorite song came on the radio.... everytime i hear that song i cry and think about how quickly things can change.

Demi Watkins
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Okay. This is unpleasant. Those of a sensitive disposition look away. For reasons of health and safety I am not posting an image. I am going back to my student days which is a long time ago. Only slighty past horse drawn carriages and steam trains. ;-) Can't remember where I was going or where I was coming from. But it was evening, reasonably crowded train. And it was still in the days of closed carriages. So once you were in the compartment that was it until the next station. (Open plan is...

Gill Chedgey
by Gill Chedgey
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Gill Chedgey

This didn't actually happen to me, but my brother-in-law. When he was 14 one of his friends moved down south and he wanted to go and visit him. My mother-in-law thought that he would be fine if he was seen on the coach at one end and met off the coach at the other end. Well he was meant to be going to Devon. He fell asleep on the coach, a man woke him up and said 'Is this your stop?'. Rather than asking where he was, he just got off the coach assuming it was his stop. He was wondering round,...

Mary O'Connor
by Mary O'Connor
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Mary O'Connor

When taking a Ryan Air flight back from Dublin last year, the pilot made the announcement that they were having to use an alternative method to start the engines. I started getting worried at this point, I am a nervous flyer anyway. What were they going to do- jump start the plane?! He said that they were going to use a fan to start the one engine, then as we were taxiing to the runway he would use the one engine to start the other engine. I was so relieved when we touched down back at...

Mary O'Connor
by Mary O'Connor
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Back when we were younger and we couldn't afford a decent car, we had lots of nightmare journeys. Caliper pistons going, exhaust dropping off. We owned one car for a record of a week! It was a Rover Kensington. We decided to take it on a trip out to Stratford-upon-Avon. This was our very first car so it felt good to be able to get up and go out! Well we got to Stratford, didn't stay that long because we had a feeling something was wrong with the car. It somehow took us nearly 2 hours to get...

Mary O'Connor
by Mary O'Connor
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Mary O'Connor

i often travel back and forth from Glasgow and London by coach.   I'm no stranger to the dreaded night bus and 10hour journey.   However this particular journey made me never use the night bus again.   I was back in Glasgow awaiting my coach when a stranger approachs me asking me if this is the right stop and I kindly replied yes.  Thinking nothing of it I waited for my coach and boarded it happily, I found a seat by the window. Perfect.   The stranger I had encountered before asked me if...

Natalie Ramsay
by Natalie Ramsay
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Natalie Ramsay

Couple of years ago, when I wanted to return to UK by car from Christmas Holiday, my car has broken down in Germany. I had an insurance so couple of hours later we have been rescued and been taken to a beatyful BMW garage. The gearbox was completely broken and needed to be changed, it took a day to fix it as they had to order the part. Costed me £1500 and had to stay in a hotel. The worst part was that I almost lost my job, as I could not turn up to work on time. Never forget this journey.

Anita Pandek
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