Trekking with Becky

The Best Laugh of 2016…at My Own Expense!

IMG_6346-002What a year 2016 has been!  I know it hasn’t been the best year for a lot of people, including me, but I made it to 5 new countries – Cambodia, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, and Moldova – bringing my country count up to (only) eighteen.

I’m a big laugher, but the laugh I had in Cambodia was not only the best trekking laugh of 2016, but the best trekking laugh to date.  Laughter is the best medicine, and I am very comfortable laughing at myself. I actually enjoy having students laugh at my expense, so all you fellow trekkers should be no different. 😀

I hope this short story makes you laugh out loud, but before you read on, here’s a quick reminder of what my face really looks like…juuuust in case. 😀


Me in the sunflower capital of Japan.

So, without further ado:

The Best Laugh of 2016…at My Own Expense! 😀 


Seeing the Angkor Wat sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an unforgettable experience, but for me, it was unforgettable for a reason besides the obvious.

The most incredible stupendous sunrise.

The most incredible, stupendous sunrise.

The funniest trekking experience of the year was without question, my horrendous photo for my Angkor Pass and no, I’m not exaggerating or practicing self-deprecation…LOL!

I didn’t even know that the clerk had actually taken my picture when she did.  I just heard her softly mumble something about a photo and that was it.

I look like I have absolutely no business leaving the house! ↓

I still can't believe they let me in!

I still can’t believe they let me in!

I was so horrified when I first laid eyes on this that my heart skipped a few beats.  I look like a crazy criminal who’s about to pull out a gun and demand every dollar they have!  I doubt that Bonnie and Clyde looked anything like this when they pulled their bank robberies.

What’s with my tongue?!  Besides moments of silliness, do I actually stick out my tongue?!  I hope that was just a freak one-time thing!  WHY did I do that?!

I still can’t believe that I look like that, even if it’s just for a split-second, but I can just hear my mother reminding me that the camera doesn’t lie.  Pfffff!

Anyway, I had the best laugh over it, and I’m laughing as I write this with surrounding strangers giving me funny, suspicious looks, but I’m used to that. 😀  I even posted it on the Trekking with Becky Facebook page, but panic set in when I had to I had to present it and the guard compared me to the shot.

I heaved a sigh of relief and had another laughing fit after I was allowed in, but I had to show it FOUR MORE TIMES!  I thought for sure that each park ranger was going to accuse me of ticket fraud and kick me out…or worse!

Ah, crossing off Angkor Wat sunrise and having one of the best trekking laughing fits of my life – priceless!


What is one trekking experience that still

makes you laugh out loud?




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19 thoughts on “The Best Laugh of 2016…at My Own Expense!

  1. Joanne

    Great choice and a show of strong character, to focus on laughter after a tough year. You share a wise message within your post! Thanks Becky! And yes, what a funny pic! Loved the sunflower pic!!

  2. Ersatzexpat

    Passport photos always look awful, it is expected. If you had looked like you they would never have let you in as the pass would have so obviously been try too hard forgery 🙂

  3. Natasha

    Oh Becky that photo of you in the sunflowers is gorgeous! And don’t feel bad, my old passport photo was horrendous! I had this wonky fringe, had a miserable expression because I was told not to smile and I looked terrible! Don’t rely on those photos as accurate representations of you as they do not reflect how you truly are – at least, that’s what I tell myself when I see my old photo, haha! Happy New Year lovely, glad you had a good year of country hopping and here’s hoping the next one is even better for you. – Tasha

  4. Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute

    Too funny! I always worry about my photos, they never really look like me in my passport. Still, the only problem we’ve with passports was transiting through Frankfurt. We were pulled out of line and made us wait in an office for a half hour, worrying about our flight connection the whole time. Finally the polizei came in and told us we needed to sign our passports. That was it, Somehow we had managed to make it this far without anyone realizing it. They let us sign our passports and away we went. Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelinspiration

    1. Becky Post author

      Interesting! My signature is embedded on the info page from the signature provided in the application, and before I left the passport office, I had to sign another spot in front of them before I could take it. I’ve never heard of anything like that happening before, but I’m not surprised that Germans noticed and made you fix it. In how many countries had you used it before Germany?

      I wonder if either no one noticed or if people did but just didn’t care.

  5. malaysianmeanders

    My tween thinks its hilarious to take a slow panoramic shot of my face becomes it always looks completely contorted — like a Picasso. You are a good sport to post your Angkor Pass photo. Frankly, I don’t even remember them taking my photo. Perhaps mine looked awful as well. It was certainly sweaty looking.

  6. Paula McInerney

    If you saw my passport photo, you would never let me in to any country….and I am stuck with it for 10 more years. I can’t quite laugh at it yet, because I am too busy coining every time I have to show it. Good for you for having the tongue action happening 🙂

  7. Rhonda Albom

    So many to pick from. I think the time five border patrol agents pulled us out of the immigration control line to help us recover our visa fees because New Zealand made a new deal the previous day with Oman eliminating tourist visa fees.

  8. budgettraveltalk

    You are good at laughing at yourself and posting the photo too! I think we’ve all seen photos like this of ourselves and it is hard to believe we can actually look so weird. I’ve seen a lot of weird photos of myself, but I haven’t posted them on my blog – good on you!

  9. Melanie

    Yes, I did have a good laugh and I am certain many others have too! A great memory! Lol Everytime I see a picture with someone sticking their tongue out I will think of you immediately 😜 You are living the life and what an experience you are having! Keep sharing all these special moments! Beautiful picture with the sunflowers, wow💕

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