Most people love to take the occasional vacation and go on an adventure, while others are complete travel junkies and can’t get enough exploration. No matter what, this roundup certainly isn’t for the weakhearted. If you can’t handle spiders, you’ll want to skip the very last photo, and if you’ve got a fear of heights, well… this entire set of photos just might not be right for you. There are a couple of funny photos sprinkled in between for good measure, though.
Read on for a collection of photos documenting travels and trips gone awry.
12. Under An Elephant
A pair of tourists were enjoying a South African safari when they encountered a super frisky bull elephant. The elephant used their vehicle as a sort of scratching post, damaging the car’s roof, windows, chassis, and tires. The tourists were unharmed and left with a really crazy travel story.
11. Plain Bad Luck
This skier hit a patch of bad luck before even making it onto the slopes in the mountains of Vail, Colorado. He dangled from the chairlift for ten minutes—with his pants down, too—while he waited for rescuers to trek their way through the snow and set him free.
This truck encountered a dangerously close call when it nearly ran off this narrow road in Bolivia. It’s among the most dangerous roads in the world and it’s aptly named the “Road of Death.” So, uh, maybe just skip this one on your next trip to South America?
9. A Watery Campsite
Here’s a shot from a music festival in Scotland that’s been held annually since 1994. It’s a three-day event that attracts up to 255,000 people and 77,000 campers. You can imagine the trouble they encounter when severe weather rolls in—just imagine trucking through all that water with a shopping cart.
This guy emerged from the water only to find an eight-legged creature suction cupped to his back. That’s right, an octopus—and it’s not even close to the first time this has happened. There’s cause for alarm, too, because almost all of these creatures have a venomous bite.
7. Riding With A Cheetah
Cheetahs are less likely than the other big cats to attack humans—although Adam Sandler was attacked by a cheetah back in 2013. They’re still cats, and that means that curiosity and nosiness will lead them to explore the vehicles that tourists take on safari. The guy pictured here doesn’t look too concerned, though!
6. When Baboons Attack
The baboons at Knowsley Safari Park recently learned how to access the rooftop carriers on top of visitors’ cars. The animals were already known to snatch at windshield wipers and side view mirrors, but now they’ve figured out how to ransack these carriers and steal everything from food to underwear.
5. Vehicle Down
Pictured here is a toppled vehicle sinking into a sandbank along flowing water on Fraser Island in Australia, with a crowd gathered to watch. It’s always hard to tell if the tourists in these photos were driving recklessly or if they were just unfamiliar with the terrain and handling of their vehicles.
4. Plumbing Frogs
A woman in the United Kingdom snapped this photo of around forty green tree frogs taking up residence in a toilet. She’d evacuated her residence in the midst of heavy flooding and severe weather and returned to encounter this situation. Freaky, right? Luckily, the next photo is just funny.
3. Lemur Problems
While they’re on vacation, plenty of tourists have the chance to snap photos with birds, mammals, and every animal in between. That doesn’t mean that things always go as planned. This guy wasn’t yet aware that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, as you can see.
2. Chased By A Lion
Lions are great until they’re tailing your vehicle. People are on safari for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the world’s largest land animals, of course. At the same time, though, are the animals being entertained by the constant flow of tourists to chase and scare?
1. This Giant Spider
Pictured here is a giant huntsman spider, photographed in Australia, of course, where almost all of the world’s scariest creatures reside. This spider can reach a leg span of up to 12 inches wide. Recently, a man drove his car into a lake when one of these spiders fell onto his lap—luckily, he survived. Yiiikes.
If you’ve made it to the end, count yourself among the strong-stomached and not easily terrified users of the internet. There are plenty of people who have noped right out of here, after all. If you’ve got family or friends who might like this roundup of scary vacation photos, make sure to share it with them. At best, it’ll remind them to pay close attention to their surroundings. At worst, it’ll just scare the hell out of them.
Do you have something to add? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Stay safe out there!