Worst Travel Agent Of The Year Sends Newlyweds To El Salvador Instead Of The World Cup

Hayley Hoefer Contributor
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A couple from Darwin, Australia, had planned to spend their honeymoon in the Brazilian city of Salvador, but their travel agent instead booked them a flight to crime-ridden San Salvador, El Salvador.

Orin and Melissa van Lingen realized their travel agent’s unfortunate mistake after boarding their connecting flight in Los Angeles. At that point, they had to accept that they were headed to the WRONG country.

The couple had purchased tickets to watch Spain play the Netherlands in the World Cup, but was forced to watch the game on television, almost 3,000 miles away from the Arena Fonte Nova. The Dutch won 5-1 in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final.

The van Lingens, who married last June, delayed their honeymoon so that they could save enough money to attend the World Cup. Naturally, the couple was more than a little irked at Flight Centre Travel Group.

“The hardest part was seeing my husband’s face — it was heartbreaking,” Melissa van Lingen told Darwin, Australia’s The Sunday Territorian.

A spokesman for Flight Centre Travel Group said the company is making efforts to ensure the couple experiences honeymoon bliss in Brazil. The van Lingens should double check their boarding passes before accepting any more promises from the company, though.

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