Describe a time when you got lost

Describe a time when you got lost

You should say: 

  • when and where it happened
  • who was there with you
  • how you felt when you got lost

and explain how you eventually found your way.

Sample Answer:

I love to travel and have already travelled almost all the European countries. But I had to experiences some interesting issues during the last trip in France. In fact, I was alone this time and did not get a map of the locality. Thank you for such an inquisitive question. Here is a brief answer to it.

Paris is a cosmopolitan city. A large number of people come here every day to visit the tourist spots and other places. So, it is easy for the tourists to get lost in the city areas if they have no local guides or at least a map of the city. The similar thing happened to me. Actually, I was in a rush before moving to Paris from my city Georgia in the USA. I could not collect the map and based on my intuition, I made the trip. I thought that it would not be hard to visit the city alone. Earlier, I made trips to some other countries but at that time I was in a group. And this was my solo trip for the first time as well. I got lost in the city of Paris.

As I told before, it was a solo trip for me. In fact, my parents also forbade me not to make the solo trip. They were concerned about the safety and security of their daughter (me) in a foreign land. But with an indomitable spirit, I discarded all of their doubts and started for France to pass a couple of days. It was a great initiative from my end to know a different city and its cultures, people and many other things. But there were some hidden detrimental impacts as well that I could not realise before I fell in danger. If I had someone with me, I could not have felt so vulnerable as I felt when I was lost in the city.

The feelings were bitter. In fact, I thought I would not be able to return my hotel, my country and my parents. I was worried about everything. Moreover, I left my passport and money at the hotel. So, initially, I felt helpless for few moments. Later, I started thinking about the positive aspects of the situation. I sorted out which benefits do I have with me. I discovered that I had ample chances to visit the entire city without any bindings or restrictions. When in a team, I had to undergo various regulations while travelling, but I was free of them now. So, I blew my worries into the wind and made a successful trip for the day. I came to know many of the streets, corners, notable places and more other. I was glad indeed, later.

I started moving across the streets of Paris. I took my lunch from a street food selling shop (I forgot the name of the locality). I also forgot the name of the hotel I checked in as the French names were a bit difficult for me to remember. I made a plan. I hired a taxi and started talking with the driver. It was hard to make him understand that I have lost my way back to the hotel. After lots of efforts, I took help from a policeman standing near the taxi. Waving my hand, I asked him to appear before me (as I do not know the French language). The taxi driver described him the issue. And it was the policeman, who helped me to sort out the hotel I was living in. I thanked him and returned my hotel. It was a memorable journey for me.

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