Eric Jordan | Conde Nast Traveler
My wife once left her security pouch—you know, the thing you keep next to your body with your passport, extra credit card, travelers’ checks, and cash—on an Auckland shuttle van after a 13-hour flight to New Zealand. She didn’t sleep on the flight and had been awake for 36 hours. I slept a respectable six and was feeling pretty good. I don’t think my indignant, “You did what?!?” helped the situation.
We were lucky. We called the shuttle company, they found the driver, and he made it back to our B&B in 15 minutes. Nothing was missing. It would have cost us the $50 we tried to fork over as an extra tip, but the driver simply wouldn’t take it. Ah, New Zealand. (And I promptly apologized to my wife, although we differ about the length of time this took.)
The items we lost for only a few minutes could have been replaced, with the exception of a couple hundred dollars. But it would have been a hassle, and it exemplifies how easy it is to let something slip away when you find yourself in an unfamiliar place.
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