10 Pet Peeves While Travelling
1. Stuck in the Middle Seat
I really can't decide which is the worst seat between the window, middle or aisle seat. Who am I kidding? It is absolutely the worst to be sitting in the middle. First of all, I have to fly with my arms crossed because generally the jerks on my left and right have occupied the hand rest. You also have to worry about what direction your head slides to when you fall asleep. You can't turn your body to either side, because who are you gonna choose to breathe all over? It's for this reason why I set my alarm to notify me of pre check-in so I can avoid that nonsense.
2. People Talking Way Too Much When You're Solo
I'm a friendly person. I actually appreciate it when people see that I'm travelling solo and want to talk to me. But have you ever met those people who could care less who they're talking to, they just want to talk? All they need you to do is make eye contact once and you're locked into a 30 minute conversation. My last trip to Hawaii, I met a lady while we were both waiting to be called to a table at the Cheesecake Factory. She said something and I politely laughed then Sweet Jesus, there was no escape. She told me about her garden, what kinds of flowers are in her garden, the weather in California and how it differs from Hawaii. At one point, I totally turned my head the opposite direction, so she only had access to the back of my head, and she kept talking!!!!! wooooosahhhhhh
3.When You Wear a Backpack and the Person Behind You Won't Give You Space
It really is the little things that bother me. The big things I tend to shrug off because generally there is nothing that you can do about it. I've just recently discovered the joys of wearing a backpack as my carry on, instead of carrying a bag. It's so hands free. However, why is it when people see that you're wearing a backpack and you're waiting in line, they wanna stand so close behind that if you even switch your weight from leg to leg, you hit them with your bag? Why stand so close? So I take a step forward to give myself some space, and they take a step forward too!!!! Do you enjoy getting hit by a bag?? At some point I just start purposely whipping my bag from side to side until you get the point to take a step back (I'm working on not being so petty, but I'm really just a work in progress!)
4. You Forget to Pack a Pen
If I was ever low on cash, I figure I could start a small hustle by renting out pens on flights. Forgetting your pen ranks pretty high on things you never want to forget on a flight. There is always that customs form that needs to be filled out before you land because as soon as you land it should be ready to hand in. Then everyone wants to act all snobby when you politely ask to borrow their pen including the flight attendants! Damn!
5. People Who Take Off Their Shoes on a Plane
Now listen, I get wanting to be comfortable on a flight. Some of these airports are on some serious BS with how far you have to walk to get to your terminal. So I get it. But what happens when you have to walk to Timbucktoo to get to your gate? Your feet start to sweat. And kids, what happens when your feet start to sweat???? They smell. So why people think that it's a good idea to take off their shoes in a confined place like a plane; I have no idea! And what's the etiquette there? Do you kindly ask them to put their shoes back on? Do you ask the flight attendant for some smelling salt to prevent you from blacking out? Tell me!
6. Slow Customs Agents
There's nothing like having to rush to your gate to catch a connecting flight, and customs decides to only have 1 scanner belt open for all 100 people in the line. When you advise them that your flight is on its final call, they give you a blank stare and then tell you there's nothing they can do. Why yes, you can move a little quicker is what you can do! Anyways.... Let me shut up before I'm blacklisted..lol Just in case any custom officers are reading this... uhmmmm I love you !
7. Coming Up With Creative Ways To Take Pictures
As much as I've never been one to take selfies, I've become that person on my travel adventures. Sometimes a selfie won't do the picture justice. So I've had to come up with ways to take my pictures without it being a selfie. So I now travel with a tripod. Yes, I do get odd looks when I'm posing for pictures of myself with a tripod but you gotta do what you gotta do. However when doing this, I have to take in my surroundings. Because while I'm posing, someone can fully run off with my equipment. Will I chase them? Yes. However while in high school cross country competitions, I generally had a record of coming in last or second to last. So I'm gonna guess that I most likely won't be able to catch them. It's a huge risk, but yolo! I also have to be mindful of wind. The last time I was at a scenic lookout point. I turned my back on my tripod to take a selfie, and I ended up turning around just in time to catch my camera from being blown over a cliff! Solo travel really isn't always easy.
8. People Who Take One Picture of You
Like I just mentioned, one of the downfalls of solo travelling is not having anyone to take pictures for you. So sometimes a friendly stranger comes along and offers to take your picture. But why Sweet Baby Jesus, do they only take 1 picture? What am I supposed to do with that? When I take selfies, I at least take 20 pictures so I have options. Would it be so hard to expect a stranger to take at least 4 or 5???? Inconsiderate!
9. Single Supplement
This is the devil. For those times when you'd like to have the luxury of staying at an all inclusive hotel, these single supplements can break the bank. I've seen hotels charge up $500 + extra dollars because you're booking solo. What I really can't understand is why the price is different for regular (non all inclusive) hotels if you book solo or with someone else? It's not like food is included, so why do I have to pay extra when I book for a single person?
10. When Tourists Treat the Locals Badly
I hate this with a passion. Unfortunately I've seen this happen way too many times. People who travel from first world countries (generally North America), to a third world country and treat the hotel workers like they own them. Please stop it. It's not cute. I love speaking to the locals when I travel. They're the best to give you advice as to where to go and what to see. So when you arrive with an 'I'm better than you' mentality, you're only doing yourself a disservice. Be kind.
Wooooiiiii so that was my vent of the week. What about you guys...What are some of your travel pet peeves?