By Jess Grieveson-Smith
Two teenagers have ended up in Barcelona after a drunken night out got out of hand.
Tara Hammersley, 19, was enjoying a night out in Crawley, Sussex, with her best friend Jack Messer, 19, when the pair ended up at Gatwick airport.
It was there that Jack, a retail worker, decided to book two tickets to Barcelona for a spontaneous trip abroad.
Tara – who studies psychology at Nottingham Trent University – claims she can’t remember anything from their airport escapade and woke up during their descent into Spain.
The pair spent four days in Barcelona, with Tara claiming she had no clothes or money, before returning to the UK on February 27.
Jack said: “We decided, as Tara was in need of some food, to head to Gatwick Airport for a cheeky McDonald’s.
“But as soon as we saw the planes, we decided to check out SkyScanner.
“That’s when I decided to book our flight to Barcelona for a little spontaneous holiday.”
The pair – feeling a little worse for wear – found the cheapest deal on Skyscanner and settled on Barcelona as their chosen destination.
Tara added: “Apparently we then decided it would be a great idea to go on holiday, we nearly went to Morocco.
“I don’t remember this but Jack filled me in – the last thing I remember was being sick in the club toilets.
“Jack remembers booking the flights but can’t remember anything after that.
“When I woke up on the flight I had no idea where I was – my initial thought was I had died and was on my way to heaven.
“After asking Jack multiple times where we are, he finally remembered we were going to Barcelona.
“I just said, oh my god what have we done, and eventually laughed it off.”
The intoxicated pair caused trouble before even leaving the country, Tara added: “They nearly didn’t let us on the flight as we were that drunk.
“I have no idea how we made it through airport security and on to the plane but somehow it happened.”
The flight wasn’t the end of the disaster – upon arriving in Barcelona, Tara found herself without money, clothes or cards, having not taken them with her on the night out.
Tara said: “Thankfully Jack had his card so I had to use that for the whole trip – we also had no clothes apart from what we wore to the club that night.
“I had on a shiny, silver bodycon dress – not the best outfit to travel in.
“We had to buy some clothes and borrow some clothes off some friends we made at the hostel we were staying in.
“We decided to stay in Barcelona for a couple of days and try to make the most out of our drunken mistake
“We spent most of the time chilling out on the beach and going out drinking at night.
“All in all we had a good holiday although I’m hoping that this doesn’t happen again – my mum has confiscated my passport since!