The Washing Disaster of 2011

passport 5

Hello folks! I was looking through some of my belongings the other day and I found my old passport. The one I used in 2011, until disaster struck!


After spending most of the year travelling, I gave my trousers up to be washed by my host family in Georgia where I was teaching English for three months. It turned out that my passport was in there. I had to return to Tbilisi on a certain date when people from the Australian Embassy in Turkey were visiting to organise an emergency passport. I nearly didn’t make it though when I ended up overnight in hospital in Batumi for food poisoning!

passport 2a
Russia – 2007

passport 3a passport 7a

passport 1a
Kazakhstan & Laos – 2011

passport 6a

Mali in 2007 - I had to post my passport to Japan!
Mali in 2007 – I had to post my passport to Japan!


All was okay in the end. The saddest part was the loss of the stamps and the visas – I love stamps and visas. Well, all the pages fell out and some things faded away. But, much of it was readable. So today I present my proud collection of visas – some of them back to 2007 (Mali and Russia) from this passport which met such a sad fate.

Coming back to Australia, my emergency passport was washed two days after getting home! Seriously. You wouldn’t read about it. Except that you did!


  1. I never put my passport through the washing machine but i have a series of losses of phones in water. There is now a pile of 4 blackberries lying somewhere, every time they fell or were put (thanks to my little ones) in the water. It’s not cool losing the phone but i hate losing what’s inside. This time round i lost LOADS of phone numbers from many different countries and i’m kicking myself now… please someone invent waterproof Blackberries

  2. I’m always paranoid I’ll do something like that while away.
    I too love to look back on visas and stamps in old passports.

  3. Oh no!! This is like something out of a comedy sketch – I can’t believe you ended up washing your passport! It’s the kind of thing that could happen to anyone but just a bit of a nightmare to sort out and as you say, I love looking back at old stamps and the memories they give rise to! Great story!

  4. oh no…I am paranoid about passport and visa..and I do love visa and stamps too. The coolest visa was from UK which included my photo printed in the visa 😀 but the process of applying UK visa was awful!!

  5. I don’t have the traveling bug like you do, but the photos of the visas do make me feel slightly envious!

    1. I feel that some sort of hilarious road runner sound effect is needed! hmmmm yes…. was not best pleased but it got me home and I couldnt use it again anyway, good for one journey home. Then I needed to provide extra ID to get my replacement.

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