A woman's impromptu decision to go to Ibiza after a day of drinking at a christening turned into a nightmare that cost her £700.
Rachael Wynn from Salford described her last-minute decision to fly to Ibiza where she had some friends holidaying, "one of the stupidest things I've ever done".
The Mirror reports the boozy incident took place in 2019, when Rachael was 32 at the time. When she was asked why she decided to act so impulsively, Rachael said: "I was p***ed," and explained that: "I was at a christening and it was also my friend's birthday that day so I went to my friend's afterwards." My friends were already here in Ibiza and asked if I wanted to come."
Rachael admitted the decision was so last minute she only took with her "the clothes on my back, my bank card and my passport."
She arrived at Manchester Airport with a friend at around 2am on Monday morning and said any knowledge of boarding the plane is "a distant memory" that she "can't remember".
As soon as she was on the plane reality kicked in. She said: "When I got on the plane I thought 'what have I done?'."
Rachael then desperately tried to get home after arriving in Ibiza at around 9am, when she was supposed to be at work. "I tried so hard to get a flight back yesterday," she said. "I had to ring my boss and explain and say I had a flight on Wednesday. He said I had to get a flight sooner than that. I managed to book one for this morning but they emailed to say there were no flights left.
"I booked another for tonight to go via Frankfurt but they didn't send me the tickets in time." Rachael finally managed to book a flight for the following day, but said that, "the whole thing has cost me about £700."
Luckily, Rachael was hopeful that her boss would be relatively accommodating to her mishap, despite initially being "not happy at all, but he's alright now I think. He's a great boss and it's a great company to work for. He will be disappointed but hopefully he'll see the funny side.
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"The only reason I went is because I thought I'd be able to get home in time for work. I feel really bad about it."
Rachael stayed in a friend's hotel room on Monday night and then was helped out by a group of girls who she discovered lived around the corner from her in Salford. "They were these lovely girls from Kersal," she said.
"Everyone else had gone out and left me in the room to get some sleep, but I was hungry so I went out to get some food and ended up getting locked out. I was walking the streets asking for anyone who spoke English and found these girls. They let me have a shower, use their hair brush and gave me clean underwear. They were so lovely."
Rachael then booked her own hotel for the following night before she prepared to fly back home early on Wednesday morning.
Her friend, Kristina Wilkinson, said the story will be "one to tell her grandchildren" when she's older. She told the Manchester Evening News at the time that "everyone [was] calling her crazy and I've personally never known anything like it. It's so funny."
Kristina dropped Rachael off at the christening on Sunday before her Spanish adventure unfolded. "She said 'I've got work in the morning and when it escalates I'm going home'. She usually does. I was at work the next day and sent her a message asking 'did you get to work okay?' and she replied and said: 'mate I'm in Ibiza'. I couldn't believe it so she sent me a little video with palm trees.
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