Malaysia

Published: Friday January 17, 2014 MYT 6:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:01:47 PM

Double-speak locations

The majestic Alhambra palace. - Photo from AFP

The majestic Alhambra palace. - Photo from AFP

Beware of ‘destination doppelgangers’ and board the right flight.

NEWS that a booking mistake sent a grandmother to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain should serve as a cautionary tale to all travellers when making their travel reservations.

The site of the majestic Alhambra palace had been on the British granny’s bucket list after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and a brain tumour.

But it wasn’t until she was comfortably seated on the plane, sipping on her gin and tonic at 30,000 feet (9,144m) and chatting with her fellow seatmate about how excited she was that the poor grandmother realized she was crossing the Atlantic instead of just a few countries.

Unfortunately, it’s not the first time a destination mix-up like this has happened. Perhaps the destination that causes the most confusion is Sydney, a city name that exists both in Australia and Nova Scotia, Canada – halfway around the world.

The destination has tripped up globetrotters several times, sending an Argentinian, a British couple and most recently in 2010 an Italian couple to the Canadian Maritimes instead of the Land Down Under.

Similarly, San Juan has also tripped up many a traveller, given that Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and California all have their own versions.

Here are a few other destination doppelgangers, as online booking site (www.skyscanner.net/news/destination-doppelgangers-same-name-different-country) Skyscanner calls it, to look out for:

Paris, France versus Paris, Texas versus Paris, Canada

Aberdeen, Scotland versus Aberdeen, Washington

Venice, Italy vs Venice, Louisiana

Perth, Australia vs Perth, Scotland

Antigua, the island vs Antigua, Guatemala

Moscow, Russia vs Moscow, Kansas

La Paz, Bolivia vs La Paz, Mexico

– AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Travel, Lifestyle, destination doppelgangers, Alhambra, wrong destination, Paris, Texas, Australia

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