Vacation with a Complete Stranger

I woke up the morning of the Karma Foundation Kandy Kruise filled half with giddy excitement and half with “crap what have I gotten myself into now.” Not only am I attending the ultimate Vegas/Playboy party where all the girls will be half my age and flaunting their cellulite-free bodies, but I am also vacationing with a complete stranger.

The extent of my relationship with my vacationing partner, Megane, was limited to “liking” Facebook statuses and a few emails filled with essential cruise details. But, I already liked her. She has her own bucket list blog (that’s how we hooked up for this trip) and has done some amazing things like blown glass, attended an a-list party and went silent for a week for charity. My kind of gal.

I waited at the cruise entrance, hoping she could be recognized from her profile picture, since her UK phone was not working in the States. I knew her immediately and instantly felt comfortable. It was something about her calm demeanor and sweet Aussie accent. Relief.

Ten minutes after the typical pleasantries of meeting someone, we were taking this photo. I like to say we arrived innocent (& fully clothed, unlike most others).
Annette White vacationing with a stranger on the Kandy Kruise

We headed through the gangway to board the ship that awaited, passing Ms. Kandy sailors along the way, foreshadowing what was to come.
kandy kruise shipKandy Kruise girls

We spent the next couple of vacationing hours easily swapping bucket list adventures, travel stories and insecurities surrounding this trip. Feeling more comfortable, we headed to our cabin to prepare to embark on this crazy cruise where more memories were waiting to be created.

In one short weekend our friendship grew based on the experiences we shared:

We rolled the dice,
Annette White on the Kandy Kruise

Fed a baby tiger,
Annette White feeding a tiger

Pretended to be Michelle Pfeiffer in the Fabulous Baker Boys,
Annette White on the piano of the Kandy Kruise

Lounged in the private poolside cabana,
Annette White in the VIP Cabana

Ate street food in Ensenada, Mexico
Annette White eating street food in La Bufadora

…and, best of all, we learned that really young, skinny girls have cellulite too.

Have you ever been vacationing with a stranger?

2018-12-21T07:51:18+00:00September 26th, 2011|Categories: TRAVEL|


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  2. Emma's Bucket List September 26, 2011 at 8:34 am - Reply

    That was fab!  Thanks for sharing! 

  3. Simply Paul September 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I've never vacationed with a complete stranger. When I was 18 I was asked to shaparone 3 16 year old girls who had won a holiday to Denmark for 4 but needed someone of age to go on the trip. I knew the girls already from online chats about basketball and met them and their parents before the trip. Still, I hadn't known them for long before we went and funny enough that was a weekend cruise as well!

    • Annette Renee White September 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I hope everything went well on your cruise! I usually get more nervouse than I need to be and then everything turns out just fine.

  4. Carola September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I gotta say both of you are very courageous and confident to go on such a cruise.  Good for both of you!

    • Annette Renee White September 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I was VERY nervous, but the “bucket lister” in my blood wouldn’t allow me not to go!

  5. CeCe September 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Yep…I have.  Not people I have met online, but on tours I have taken in the past.  I love it actually.  If you don't get along, then whatever, if you do get along, then you have a new friend. 

    • Annette Renee White September 28, 2011 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Getting a new friend is the best part!

  6. Shivya September 29, 2011 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Always the best part of traveling – the people we meet. 
    And for me, the best part about reading this post was the very last line 😉 

    • Annette Renee White September 29, 2011 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Yes, the last line is a very, very good one 😉

  7. Sue Samaniego October 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I am not sure that I have gone on vacation with a stranger, but sound exciting. Getting to feed the baby tiger would had been way cool! When I was 17, my cousin talked me into being an assistant campfire chaperon. I was to be one of three, but the other two chaperones end up going home before the end of the second day. I spent a week with eight girls all 8 year old. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too especially the 6 AM swim.

    • Annette Renee White October 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      A week with eight 8 year olds…oh my! I have noticed that a lot of the time the fun things are a lot of work!

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  13. Kerry July 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    My friend and a girl she went to college with were going to tour around Ireland before my friend started her final year of med school there and at the last minute I decided to join them. At first my friend was going to meet me and the friend of hers I had never met before in Dublin because her flight had been booked and ours wasn’t. I met this third girl for the first time at the airport and we had the flight across the Atlantic to get to know each other, but figured the friend we both had in common would be there to meet us when we arrived. Well there was a problem with my friend missing her connecting flight and she left us in Dublin for our first night. This allowed me to get to know a new friend, just the two of us, longer than if the friend we both knew had been able to meet us like originally planned. It was a mess at the time, fearing we were on our own, us two strangers, but it turned out okay in the end. The three of us went on to have an experience of a lifetime.

    • Annette White July 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      There is no better way to get to know someone than to travel with them!

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