14 things I hate about travel

Posted on 12. Nov, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Travel Tips

14 things I hate about travel

While traveling is an incredibly amazing thing to do as a whole, like anything in life, it also has its odd flaws.

Nothing is perfect, right?

And I happen to be the type of person who likes things to go my way, according to my - sometimes mysterious - set of rules. I like certain things done a certain way, and altogether hate other things too. Like what, you ask? For example…

  • Airports and packing: for someone who travels so much, I can’t possibly explain how much I hate getting to/waiting at airports and packing, especially when flying budget airlines. Despite having boarded a plane over 50 times, I still can’t get used to take-off and landing, and the idiotic plastic bags for my innocent 150ml liquids.
  • Early check-out / Late check-in: I like my beauty sleep to not be interrupted by a wake-up call from the front desk clerk, who basically means GTFO despite a sugary-sweet tone.
  • Crowds: studies say that large crowds have the average IQ of a 5 year old. And I don’t like children. Or stupid people.
  • Groups of people that take up the entire width of the sidewalk and can’t seem to walk faster than a turtle high on pot.
  • When the taxes and fees of a plane ticket are more expensive than the ticket itself.
  • People who call every city “The Venice of…” every time there are canals.
  • No photography in landmarks: as an amateur photographer, that one annoys me to no end. I know it’s only because of mindless tourists that use their flash to snap a 600 years old painting, and I understand the reasons behind this rule, but I still hate it. And I WILL try to swiftly take an incognito shot when given the opportunity.
  • People who take photos of landmarks with their iPad: Sorry if you’re that person and we’re friends. If I ever see you do that, I will judge you and walk away from you until you put it away.
  • Paying for WiFi: I consider WiFi just as essential to my survival as water and air (sadly, I’m only half-joking). And yes, I’m that annoying person hanging by the door at Starbucks trying to get WiFi signal.
  • People who wear toe shoes/Crocs in public.
  • Paying for water: possibly worse than paying for WiFi. I just don’t understand the logic of paying for water in restaurants in countries where tap water is perfectly drinkable. When faced with that situation, I either walk out… or order wine.
  • Sticky hot weather: I’m Canadian. I was born during a snowstorm. I’ll gladly take a -40C over a +40C anytime! No wonder my favorite season to travel is autumn…
  • Shower curtains in hotels: I may be an idiotic housewife, but I can never get my own shower curtain pristine and absolutely clean. And I wonder if it’s just me, or if shower curtains are never entirely free of dirt. Hence why I stay as far as possible from them in hotels.
  • The non-queuing culture:  To me, queuing is just as important as saying hello with a sincere smile, and saying thank you (Canada was colonized by the British at one point, after all). Therefore I get very irritated when people steal the spot I’ve been waiting for, even though I rationally know it’s just a cultural thing. I still hate it.

What are your travel pet peeves? Little things that you hate about travel, annoy the hell out of you, or simply infuriate you?

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51 Responses to “14 things I hate about travel”

  1. Nina

    12. Nov, 2012

    Great list! I second every single one of them and I’d add:

    What I hate the most about travel to look like a retarded packhorse. Theres the heavy trolley, that wouldn’t roll properly all the time, than the uber heavy and annoying hand luggage bag with all your electronics in there and also a book, which you don’t read, a sweater you don’t need and tons of liquids packed in a plastic bag and straps that are too short or too long, they are never perfect. And then during autumn and winter time that big coat or jacket that would always slide down your shoulder because of the heavy handbag. And the scarf that strangles you because the heavy handbag is tied to it. Do you see a pattern here? Its all about the handbag. I’m gonna kiss the ass of a person who invents a practical solution for that.

    Second thing I hate is the Security Check: http://data.whicdn.com/images/12934589/funny-airport-security-girl_large.jpg

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  2. Natalie

    12. Nov, 2012

    Luggage carousels! You get off the plane, queue to get through immigration, and your bags still haven’t made it to the carousel. Then the belt starts moving and you get the stress of trying to push through the people at the front, grab your bag, and get it off the belt before you’re carried along with it into the person next to you. There must be a better way!

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  3. Marilyne

    12. Nov, 2012

    On the plane / bus / train, sitting next to you … people who are just toooo enthusiastic about their journey and happy to share with you what he / she has planned …

    Happened to me twice. It was a long road!

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    • Alexandre

      12. Nov, 2012

      It’s even worse when that happens on an empty bus!!! From all the places where that person could have sit, he/she choose to sit right next to you so we could chat. Awesome…not!

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  4. I just want to comment on the “No photography in Landmarks” point, since that rule has long been my bane (and I will take guerrilla photos, such as w/ a cameraphone, whenever I can get away with it). Many times, the only reason for the rule is to force you, the tourist, to buy illustrated books or postcards from the operators of the site (or from souvenir stalls with whom they have a cozy arrangement). This was the case, for example, in the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151117638782198&set=a.36617442197.49513.565287197&type=3&theater

    They didn’t allow photography on the grounds, even outside! That was complete B.S.

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  5. Angela

    12. Nov, 2012

    Currently travelling and reading this post made me laugh so hard, you can read my mind!
    I think you said everything there is to be said. Leaving out the deep dislike i sometimes feel for other travellers.

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  6. Love this article! Couldn’t agree more on all of it, except for take-off and landing…I love take-off the most and landing depends. Good post!

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  7. Angela

    12. Nov, 2012

    I do enjoy packing sometimes, but I hate getting to the airport, I’m always afraid I’m going to get stuck in traffic! And I absolutely hate early flights that require me to get up at 3am!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Me too! I’ve traveled so much that now I prefer to pay a bit more and enjoy my beauty sleep.

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  8. Nailed it.

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  9. Jools Stone

    12. Nov, 2012

    People that take up the entire width of the sidewalk and can’t seem to walk faster than a turtle high on pot.’ Ha, yes, brilliant! With you on most fo these, esp the Venice of’ and ipad photogs. Even if I had one I doubt I’d ever have the gall to twattishly hoist it up to the sky! Basically, other people are always the problem. And they’re everywhere godammit!

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  10. Gray

    12. Nov, 2012

    “Groups of people that take up the entire width of the sidewalk and can’t seem to walk faster than a turtle high on pot.”

    THIS. Oh yes. One of my biggest pet peeves of all time.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Especially when you have somewhere to be, these people seem to stop ever so randomly, just to make things harder!

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  11. Sarah

    12. Nov, 2012

    These are hilarious and I agree completely!! I can’t stand crowds of slow walking stupid people in 100 degree heat who take photos with their iPads!

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  12. Oneika the Traveller

    12. Nov, 2012

    Awesome!! I admit, I am a photography snob, I can’t stand when people take pictures with their Ipads either!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      I HATE THAT. Really, really hate it. I don’t think I can express it any stronger, now can I? :-P

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      • Wynne

        02. Jun, 2013

        I have to ask, as someone who will be buying an iPad mini (or some facsimile thereof)…why is picture-taking w/ one not good? I’m a complete novice here…

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        • Marie-Eve Vallieres

          05. Jun, 2013

          Well for starters, the quality is shit. ;-) And then, it just wasn’t made to do that.

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  13. Julika

    12. Nov, 2012

    Awesome post! I totally agree with you - except the heat thing maybe, I’m a summer girl :)
    Seriously, how do people taking pictures with an iPad even see what’s behind it?! And talking of photography - this no photography rule makes no sense whatsoever! Paintings and churches are not “hurt” by a flash (although people using it annoy me just as much as you!), the institutions just want to sell their postcards! It’s all a huge profit-oriented tourist rip-off!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      I can stand the heat, as long as it’s not humid - I would rather be in Antarctica than a 40+degrees with humidity!

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  14. Jeremy Branham

    12. Nov, 2012

    Were we separated at birth?!?! I agree with most of these. I laughed at that first ecard but that is me. I hate the crowds, hate crocs, written MANY MANY stories about taxes and airline fees, and just don’t like Venice (overrated and dirty). A couple of these I don’t mind but some of these annoy me as much as you. And I think we react the same way (at least on the inside)! :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Good to know I’m not alone in my many travel pet peeves! ;)

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  15. Madaboutravel

    12. Nov, 2012

    Ohmy! Have you just read my mind??? I do agree with most of your pet peeves when travelling… I especially hate people that cannot keep a queue… or that try to skip it, just in case you didn’t notice… So rude!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Canadians DO notice when people don’t respect the queue, I’ll tell you that, haha!

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  16. Jade - OurOyster.com

    13. Nov, 2012

    omg crocs…. worst invention ever

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  17. angloadventure

    13. Nov, 2012

    I hate flying because take offs and landings scare the crap out of me.

    I hate that there’s basically no blending in. You’re a tourist. And people are trying to get your money wherever you go.

    I hate that I have broken the budget for every trip I’d ever been on.

    I hate complainers.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Well I am a complainer, so that’s not a good start :) But isn’t breaking the budget part of the experience - when you overspent on something, did you feel like it was worth it?

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  18. Katherina

    13. Nov, 2012

    What a great list!!! I can’t agree more with crowds and people taking over the whole sidewalk to walk ridiculously slow… and then, when you least expect it, they’ll stop! I get that too much here in London and always say it’s one thing that will always miss about Switzerland..

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      15. Nov, 2012

      Indeed, London is big on fast-walking people! I myself used to be one, and shoppers on Oxford St were the WORST!

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  19. Claudia

    16. Nov, 2012

    Hahaha! The iPad one is perfect. I’ve also found the public nose picking to be kind of obnoxious, especially when on a Beijing subway when the picking turns into flicking.

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  20. People not knowing how to share a sidewalk is a huge pet peeve for me, and this is everywhere in the world, including the US.

    I have also started to notice people taking photos with their iPads…. weird.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      23. Nov, 2012

      Definitely weird. There should be a law against this.

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  21. Abby

    25. Nov, 2012

    Wow. You spoke to me lol. That is all. But yes, I second Stephanie, The Travel Chica. Six slow-walking people across a sidewalk is a world-wide epidemic.

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  22. alex

    28. Nov, 2012

    Agree with all! Good post. Maybe you’ve started a trend as I think I’ll join you with a rant of my own

    Although I have to say, packing is a part of the fun for me :-)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      I hate it so much, haha! I always fear I’ll forget something.

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  23. Alex @ ifs ands & Butts

    03. Dec, 2012

    Oh oh oh gosh - the people with tablets taking photos, or worse, videos, I cannot even handle it! And I totally camp on at McDonald’s for Wifi at least weekly.

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  24. Megan

    04. Dec, 2012

    The toe shoes! Yes… those should be removed at the airport security checkpoints and banned. They are dangerous because when I see them, I want to inflict pain on you. You nailed this list :)

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  25. Irkitated

    04. Mar, 2013

    My number 1 hate about travel is the flying…

    I obviously fit the generic description for a drug-smuggling bomb-maker, because every time I pass through airport security I become the proud recipient of a full body exam and drug test. That isn’t even an exaggeration, it happens every single time.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      08. Mar, 2013

      Oh no! That must really put a damper on your travels.

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  26. Runaway Brit

    09. Sep, 2013

    I love this post, and fully identify with every point! The no photography rule really bugs me, but I get even more annoyed with places that allow photography inside but for a fee. I was asked for €20 in one place!!!

    My biggest pet peeve in train stations/airports is people with rolling suitcases. If you are trailing something behind you then you can’t just stop at the top of the escalator, or in the middle of the walkway. Grrrrrrrrrr!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      14. Sep, 2013

      Well people who stop in the escalator or the walkway, with or without a suitcase, are annoyances. :)

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  27. Annora

    03. Apr, 2014

    I love you and am SO irritated to be at work, I really, REALLY want to post the photo of that guy we saw in The Louvre taking iPad photos with the kaleidoscope setting turned on.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      04. Apr, 2014

      YES I want to see that photo. As if taking photos with an iPad wasn’t ridiculous enough on its own.

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  28. Rose

    12. Jun, 2014

    Agree with all of the above, except I don’t mind packing.

    Also don’t mind shower curtains. Because the first time I travelled, I was in a nice hotel in Paris. There was a shower head, with the extendable arm, in the bathtub. And no shower curtain at all. I got the entire bathroom wet, including the towels and my clothes I had on the counter, because when I turned on the water, the water pressure was a bit stronger than I expected and the shower arm kind of went flying.

    Many a time I have been tempted to snatch the iPad out of someone’s hand as they take a photo and make a run for it.

    I also hate walking behind slow moving people who take up the width of a sidewalk, only to find out (because sometimes I worm my way through) that the person slowing everyone else down is texting as they walk. (This is not limited to when I’m travelling.)
    Step to the side, let others pass.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      07. Jul, 2014

      That is a very common thing in France :-) For some reason they aren’t the biggest fans of shower curtains!

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