A young traveler was shocked to find himself in cold, snowy Nova Scotia instead of warm, sunny Australia.
Milan Schipper, an 18-year-old from Amsterdam, was planning a backpacking trip through Australia, but he made one crucial mistake when he booked his flight.
While searching for the best deal, he stumbled upon a reasonable ticket price to Sydney and snagged it. What he failed to realize, however, is that the flight was to Sydney, Nova Scotia, in Canada — not Sydney, Australia.
“I thought I was going to Australia, but that turned out a little different,” he said in a recent interview.
Making matters worse, Schipper didn’t notice the error until he was onboard the flight, The Guardian reports.
"I checked the flight plan on the screen of the seat in front of me... and then I saw it was going to go right and not left. That was about the time I realized there was another Sydney,” Schipper said in an interview with CBC.
“I felt terrible. I think I swore in my head for like 10 minutes. But there was nothing I could do about it because I was already up in the air.”
Upon realizing his mistake, he landed in Sydney and stayed for just five hours before heading back home to Amsterdam where his father met him at the airport.
"[My dad] felt really sorry for me, but he thought it was something only I could do," Schipper said.
Ironically enough, an American woman on the flight with Schipper made the same mistake.
While the mix-up is, indeed, hilarious, the experience seems to have discouraged Schipper from rebooking his original trip any time soon. Even after an airline offered him a free ticket to Australia, he was hesitant.
“Yeah, [it’s] really nice,” he said. “But I’m not really sure if I’m going to go again.”
Hopefully once the dust settles and he catches up on some rest after those back-to-back long distance airplane rides, Schipper will reconsider. It would be a real shame for him to never embark on his journey through the land down under all because of this expensive, yet hysterical mishap.
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