It only takes one kind person on our travels to take a crappy experience and turn it around. It’s because of those people, the nice ones that go out of their way, that we find our hostels or are helped to find the right bus when the other ones would otherwise take us to the middle of nowhere.
I remember the time I was helped in Poland by a young man who went all the way to buying a bus ticket, escorting me to the right stop and refusing to take money for the ticket he had to buy because of it.
I remember the time the taxi driver in Bishkek went out of his way to help me find my marshrutka, and then proceeded to negotiate on my behalf the proper going rate.
I remember the time the Ukrainian woman who couldn’t speak English pointed me in the right direction when I had to catch a bus and then a train in order to get to my hostel in the city (pre-Russian days).
These people are rock stars in my book as they all took the time to give a little bit extra for some random foreign girl. They could have easily just continued walking on their way, brushing me off as if I didn’t exist. I wish I could give them all a high five right now.
My question to you is: Have you had some amazing experience with a random act of kindness on your travels? I’d love to hear about it!