How to make the most of a bad situation (in pictures):

First, celebrate the fact that you made it across 5 lanes after the engine died and lived.

Then, phone for help.

Check the oil.

It's not the oil.
Investigate contents of boot for props.

Take Barbie Uno to a new level of extreme.


Take a new Facebook profile pic.

Serenade passing traffic.

And then (if you’re a Christian or a gymnast) ribbon dance.

Take a nap.

Fend off super-creepy metro cops who stop, not to help you but to intimidate you. (Not photographed.)

Phone the insurance company again.

And if you’re patient, eventually you get to ride in a big truck!


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Welcome to the Sharonicles

The Sharonicles is a travel humour blog by a South African travel writer. With six years of experience as a cruise ship crew member, her travels on ships and on land have taken her to 57 countries on five different continents.  She photographs a plastic flamingo called 'Rodrigo' on her adventures because it seemed like a good idea ten years ago and it’s probably too late to turn back now. She also likes unicorns, carbs and referring to herself in third-person.

Here she shares advice, opinions and anecdotes revealing the funny side of travel from her experiences. 

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Practical travel tips and destination guides 
for anyone visiting any of the places I have been.

My thoughts on travel mascots, photographing 
your butt in exotic locations and the addictive 
nature of cruise ship employment, 
among other things.

True stories about trying to find trolls in 
Norway, toilets in Denmark 
and getting flashed in Cuba, to name a few.

Tips for cruisers and crew 
members, as well as anecdotes from a variety 
of experiences at sea.