For anyone who has spent time traveling, we have had our share of awkward moments. Hopefully, most of our travel experiences have been good ones. However, some are low points and we need to reflect on the learning experiences as well. Sometimes, we just have a moment where we are really embarrassed about something we said or did or just something that happened. Those can be great memories to look back on and laugh.
What is your most embarrassing travel moment?
A few years ago, I was hiking along the southern coast of Portugal and wandered upon a nude beach. Like most nude beaches, it was quite tasteful. As an American, it’s a bit of a shock and adjustment seeing people fully naked people on the beach. Honestly, it was a beautiful stretch of beach and was surrounded by the cliffs. No wonder it was a nude beach because you really had to know it was there in order to discover it.
After two hours and a lot of courage, I decided to participate. And I mean fully participate. I figured this would be one of the only chances I ever had to spend on a nude beach. And quite honestly, I was embarrassed – but not for the reasons you think.
When you are on a beach surrounded by tan people, you might be a little wary of taking your shirt off or walking around in a bathing suit if you haven’t spent much time in the sun. When you aren’t wearing anything, multiply that feeling times 10 and you are really aware of how white you are when nude people have all over tans. On that beach in Portugal, I was actually embarrassed to be there as white as I was. It was for that reason, and not the nudity, that I was ashamed and embarrassed. To add to the embarrassment, I ran out of sunscreen (I had to apply A LOT) and had to ask a British family for more before I hiked back.
Looking back, it was an interesting and fun experience. My lack of skin color was more embarrassing than my lack of clothing. But I won’t forget my nude beach experience in Portugal (Check out more of my experiences in my Spain and Portugal journal).
So I’ve shared my moment. What’s your most embarrassing moment you have had while traveling?
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