So did this newlywed couple, who encountered six natural disasters over four months of travel, just have bad luck or were they the bad luck? You may want to find out where they’re going next and make sure you’re not around them.
As reported by AOL Travel, Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm, Sweden, got married last November and left for an extended honeymoon just a week after their wedding. Stefan, an economist who received a nice severance package from his company, and Erika, on maternity leave with their infant daughter, bought round trip multi-city flights (Sweden to Singapore, Melbourne to Sweden) and played it by ear in between, buying low-cost Asian flights to make their way around.
Damage from the Christchurch earthquake [Image: martinluff / Flickr]
Along their way they encountered the following disasters:
- One of Europe’s worst snow storms, in which 39 people lost their lives. This was when they arrived in Munich for their connecting flight to Singapore.
- Monsoon in Bali.
- Bush fires in Perth, in which 60 homes were destroyed.
- Category 5 Cyclone Yasi in Cairns, where the couple and their child were evacuated from their hostel and moved to a shopping mall. They had to sleep on the mall floor with other evacuees until the storm passed.
- The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand. They were actually in Brisbane, Australia waiting for their flight to leave for Christchurch when the quake hit, and were told by relatives what had happened. They instead flew to Auckland, rented a car and drove down there.
- The March 11 earthquake in Japan. They were eating lunch in Asakusa when it happened. As Stefan said, “It was quite a shocking experience.”
And Stefan’s thoughts on the whole experience?
…every crisis that you survive makes you stronger, and the bond between us has grown with every challenge we’ve met. Although we’ve had some bad luck, we still have our lives. Our thoughts are with those who couldn’t escape these disasters. In the end, we are very fortunate to be alive.