Sunday, August 12, 2012

5 Travel Pet Peeves

I'm writing this post as part of the Traveling Brown Girls Blog Carnival.
For more info, check out OneBrownGirl's Blog! Enjoy!

The topic for this month's blog carnival is Travel Pet Peeves. I don't usually like writing about negative things; I try to be an optimist, so I had to dig deep! Here are mine:

1) People who forget they are a guest in the place they are visiting

Even if I'm just visiting a different city in North America, I try to remember I'm a guest and am on my best behavior. Yes, being a guest often comes with special privileges/treatment, but it also means you need to remember your p's and q's. It's one thing to make yourself at home and it's another to make a mess and put your feet up on the coffee table. I don't like it when people are rude and act like they own the place. Remember as a visitor, you are representing a whole group of tourists, not just yourself. Don't turn all of us into "unwanted guests."

2) Inconsistent airline security rules

This one probably bugs me the most. I re-read all the rules before I fly - especially since they like to change the rules every 5 minutes. I comply. I put all my liquids in the special zipped bag they provide. I don't try to hide anything. However, it seems that the rules depend on the mood of the security agent at any given moment. I have flown with the same bottles of the same liquids and 99% of the time, go through without any questions. Once in a while, one gets snotty or I don't know what  and wants to stop me for it. I've never had anything taken away because I can explain that I've flown with this particular item millions of times before and I happen to travel a fair bit, but it still annoys me to be questioned for what seems like a totally insignificant item.

3) People who complain things are not like at home

One purpose of travel, if you ask me, is to get out of your comfort zone and experience different things. Things should not be exactly the same as at home because, well, why not just stay home then? I can't stand to hear people complain about silly details and how this or that isn't like at home. You are allowed to not like a place, but every place should be judged on its own merit, not how much it meets the comforts of home.

4) Late check out issues

This really is a "First World Problem" but I like a late check out as much as anyone now and then. However, when checking out really late, I always inform them DAYS before and I also pay the extra hourly rate they require. I have no problem paying extra for what I need, this isn't my issue. My issue is the lack of communication to hotel staff and how my door gets knocked on at least 10 times by cleaning staff even after I've repeatedly told them I paid for late check out and no, I won't be leaving before X o'clock. I know they have to get a certain amount of rooms done in a certain amount of time, but my paying extra should compensate everyone for that inconvenience. Really, someone needs to find a way to put a note in the system (or maybe on my door!) and stop bugging me!

5) Stomach problems

Is it just me or are people more likely to get food poisoning while traveling? It could just be from eating out so much. Although with me, I don't get food poisoning as much as I get the opposite problem: constipation. I put this down to drinking less water while running around, not always being able to find a bathroom and the major change in diet. I have a wheat allergy, but travel often prevents me from avoiding wheat since it's in so many things and so hard to avoid. It's hard to maintain any sort of strict diet while traveling and yeah, I suffer for it! I might get stopped up, but I don't let it stop me! Ha!
Sorry I had to go there!

If you're not part of this month's blog carnival, feel free to share yours in the comments (with a link to a post if you like) and make sure to participate in October for the next one!


Unknown said...

Great post! Thanks for performing in the Carnival. *Big smile*
About #2: The people who make the rules don't even know what the rules are (LOL) and often forget to pass them on to their employees. I've asked TSA agents about Global Entry - for example - and they haven't A CLUE. #scary

April D. Thompson said...

So agree with #4. If my flight is late or I'm tired, I will gladly pay for a late check out, but it's so annoying to be called and asked about it 15 times event after giving early notice and putting the sign up on the door!

Hope to see you participate in the next one!! :-)

Littlefoot said...

"Things are not like home." Well, duh you are not home. You are a in foreign county and they may just do things a little bit differently. *Sigh* I agree with you, if you want the comforts of home, just do the rest of us travelers a favor, and STAY HOME!

And the rude people who complain about everything and act a fool, I avoid them as much as possible because they can ruin an experience. If one is in a tour or at a site and move far, far way from them so I don't get drawn into the drama.

janice Temple said...

Haha! Keeping It Real! The late checkout at hotels. The maids are always knocking on the door I don't get it wither.That annoys me about hotels. Their communication system is not good.

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Tatiana said...

I'm with you on the late checkout! My husband and I had that problem this weekend, where they forgot to leave our key cards authorized. Like u said: first world problem, but still... :)

Unknown said...

Great post. Ditto all of them. Even #5.

Winks & Smiles,

R. Scott said...

Awww man, you are so on point about #3. I agree I had to dig deep to find some pet peeves, but I can't believe this one didn't even come to my mind... STAY HOME if all you're going to do is complain, lol.

Unknown said...

Aren't those who complain on travel the worst companions ever?!?

I also had EX travel partners who were rude and embarrassing. We went to FL and they insisted taking pictures and making fun of people who were "dressed funny". Really? Yuck. I don't associate with those people anymore.

AngelQT said...

I so agree with #3. Of course it's not like home- YOU'RE NOT AT HOME! I am always baffled when people make such comments.