Teen Realizes He’s in the Wrong Sydney After Landing in Canada, Not Australia

Apr 4, 2017

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Milan Schipper, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, wanted to do one last hurrah before starting college in the fall, planning an epic backpacking adventure around Australia, where he’d take in the summer sun, enjoy beautiful coastal landscapes and visit the country’s famous surfer beaches. Instead, Schipper found himself 10,000 miles away from Sydney, Australia, after landing in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a town of 32,000 along Canada’s eastern coastline.

So, how does something like that even happen? It turns out when Schipper was originally searching for flights, he spotted one that seemed too good to be true: a 22-hour flight to Sydney for about $213 less than the average ticket price. He went ahead and booked it, flying from Amsterdam (AMS), but started to worry once he’d landed in Toronto and saw the size of the aircraft that would be taking him the rest of the way to Sydney (spoiler alert: it was tiny).

Despite his initial hesitation, Schipper still boarded the curiously small plane. Once on the aircraft, he checked the flight map and noticed they were heading east instead of west, but it was too late, they were already in the air. To add insult to injury, the unfortunate teen had to land in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in the middle of a snowstorm. After tracking down a flight attendant, he was then given the option to fly to the other Sydney for an additional $1,600, plus roughly 30 more hours of travel time, but instead, decided to call it a day and head back home.

Schipper told The Guardian an airline later reached out to him after the story of his fateful flight had spread, offering a free ticket down under — while he noted that this was “really nice,” it didn’t sound like he’d be taking them up on it anytime soon. Perhaps the 50+ hours of travel he’d racked up in just a few days had been enough, for a while anyway.

H/T: The Guardian

Featured image of Nova Scotia courtesy of Laszio Podor via Getty Images.

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